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Smithsonian exhibition of Fakeye work featured on Web

March 1, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Works by famed Nigerian sculptor Lamidi Olonade Fakeye are featured on the Worldwide Web as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's "African Voices" exhibit.

Nigeria's foremost sculptor, Fakeye has a 36-year association with Western Michigan University. Among the pieces in the exhibit is "Medical Practitioners" (1977) which is on loan to the Smithsonian from WMU's art collection. Fakeye's most recent visit to WMU was in 1999. During the visit, he made several appearances in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek between Nov. 28 and Dec. 8, before heading to Washington, D.C., to open the exhibition of his work at the Smithsonian.

"African Voices" can be found on the Web at <www.mnh.si.edu/africanvoices/>.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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