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Innovative Outdoor Art Installation


APRIL 15, 2005--A graduating senior has installed an unusual outdoor art installation on the UW-River Falls campus. The exhibit, available for viewing from April 15 to 24, features the work and conceptualization of UW-RF B.F.A student Matthew Fischer, from Oshkosh, Wis.

Fischer paired campus places with prose, poetry and writing from 13 volunteer staff and students. At each outdoor location, a wooden seat invites viewers to ponder the surroundings and read a composition written for the installation.

"The reasons for the chosen localities are varies," says Fischer, in the exhibition booklet. In some cases, I feel the spot serves as a shelter for contemplation. In others, I found specific building projects, new and old, to have a compelling energy. I also chose a few sites because they may be in areas of campus that many of us rarely have the chance to visit. And yet, in other cases I simply wanted to highlight a few spectacular trees and architectural nuances."

The installation, funded by a College of Arts and Sciences Student Grant, is free and open to the public. Self-guided tour maps and booklets are available in the lobby of Kleinpell Fine Arts Building at 420 E. Cascade Ave. Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Participating writers include:
Students
Noah Kurth, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Jen Dolen, Shoreview, Minn.
Melissa Salazar, Oshkosh, Wis.
Gregori Starrett, River Falls
Daniela Dvantman, St. Paul, Minn.
Eriika Etshokin, Excelsior, Minn.
Lenny Shier, Chetek, Wis.
Joel Deusterman, Baldwin, Wis.
Faculty/Staff:
Ken Olson, English
Margarita Hendrickson, Modern Languages
Magdalena Pala, Chemistry
Tamia Trulson, Agricultural Education
Kristine Butler Karlson, Modern Languages

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