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Oct. 1, 2004


UW-RF Sets 13th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit

The Annual Outdoor Art Installation, sponsored by the UW-River Falls art department, embarks upon its 13th year with public viewing of outdoor art designs lasting a brief three days, from Oct. 6-8.

Students and faculty will create outdoor works designed to highlight a specific site on campus. Large and small, whimsical and serious, each artwork is designed to be temporary and removed without a trace after public viewing. The displayed art may be a path of brightly colored flags, a patchwork area of natural materials or a political statement.

Originality is the theme as guest artists and local artists display their creations. Each artist strives to explore new ways of expression, using unique tools, as well as working with others to leave a memorable impression on viewers.

Invited guest artist Kenji Akagawa, a professor of sculpture at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is an internationally recognized sculptor who has focused his work on art in public spaces. He is concerned with the social relevance of contemporary art and its function in public spaces. Akagawa will present a lecture on 10 a.m. Oct. 8 in Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, and host a walkabout with students and guests on at 1 p.m. The public is welcome at both events.

Forty installations contributed to last year's Annual Outdoor Installation. Students will be constructing installations on Oct. 4 -5. The finished works can be viewed from Oct. 6-8. All who view the works are asked to act with respect toward the artist and not to damage or alter his or her installations.

Site maps identifying individual installations are located at Gallery 101 or outside the art department office, Room 172, both located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

For more information, call the UW-RF art department at 715/425-3266.

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