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Monica Chau and Brian Reid exhibit in Gallery II

Oct. 26, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Monica Chau and Brian Reid are exhibiting sculpture, furniture and photography in Gallery II of Sangren Hall at Western Michigan University weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Oct. 31 through Nov. 21. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Chau and Reid will be visiting artists for three days in WMU art classrooms conducting a workshop, giving a lecture and doing student critiques. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, they will give a slide lecture on their work at 7 p.m., in room 1213 of Sangren Hall.

Monica Chau is a mixed media installation artist who utilizes photography and digital media processes as a means to explore Asian-American history and memories of the past. An inextricable part of her artwork juxtaposes text and image to comment upon the process of looking and being looked at, both as a woman and as an Asian American.

Chau received an MFA in photography from California Institute of the Arts. A past participant in The Photography Institute's National Graduate Seminar, she was a Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum of Art's Independent Study Program for which she was co-curator for the exhibition, "The Subject of Rape."

Her awards include the American/Chinese Adventure Capital grant from the Durfee Foundation, NEA/Western States Arts Federation grant, and an artist-in-residency in the Photography/Digital Imaging program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She has taught at a number of distinguished universities including the University of California, Irvine, American Film Institute in L.A., and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, she is digital program director at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine. She is also on the faculty of Rockport College and the International Center for Photography in New York City.

Brian Reid is a full-time designer and furniture maker teaching at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. An honors graduate of Parnham College in Great Britain, he studied under the renowned designer John Makepeace and is the fifth from only a total of eight Americans to have attended this distinguished program. Brian has also been awarded two consecutive residencies in the Furniture/Woodworking program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado, where he has taught on many occasions.

In 2003, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has also served as a sabbatical replacement for Wendy Maruyama at San Diego State University's Furniture Program. In the spring of 2005, Brian co-taught for the second time an intensive 12-week session at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, Maine. Widely exhibited, he was one of nine artists selected for the 2004 Aspen Art Museum Biennial in fall, 2004.

For additional information, contact the School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Jackie Ruttinger, (269) 387-2455, jacquelyn.ruttinger@wmich.edu

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