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Support group organizing for Richmond Center

Sept. 5, 2006

KALAMAZOO--A community support group is organizing for the new Richmond Center for Visual Arts in the Western Michigan University School of Art.

All interested members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend either of two introductory meetings Monday or Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall. A reception follows in the Dalton Center Green Room.

At the introductory meetings, benefactor James Richmond will offer opening remarks; Phil VanderWeg, assistant to the dean of the College of Fine Arts, will offer an overview of the center's galleries and programs; and Don Desmett, director of exhibitions, will present the upcoming exhibition schedule.

The new organization, the Friends of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts, will work directly with the School of Art and the Richmond Center staff to advance relationships among the new exhibition facility, educational programs at WMU and the Kalamazoo regional community.

Construction on the Richmond Center for Visual Arts began in May 2005, and the building, which is dedicated to art exhibition galleries and related uses, will open at the start of spring semester 2007. The 45,000-square-foot facility is located on the Fountain Plaza between the Dalton Center and the Miller Auditorium parking ramp and will be connected to both by enclosed walkways.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, assistant professor of art, at jeffrey.thompson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2439.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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