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SACI art show travels to WMU

Dec. 3, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Studio Art Centers International's traveling faculty exhibition, featuring the original works of artists and educators from around the world, will be on display at Western Michigan University through Friday, Dec. 8, in Sangren Hall, Gallery II. The exhibition is free and open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The artists represented in this exhibition, all fine arts instructors at SACI, embody an array of backgrounds and cultures. The artwork through which they express themselves is equally diverse, featuring everything from paintings, prints and sculptures, to photography, design, and jewelry. Many of the SACI artists combine materials from multiple disciplines, and each focuses on a striking range of subjects.

"Although this exhibition can feature only a modest number of works from each participant --and cannot communicate a full sense of the sophistication and scope of each artist's vision --I believe that it conveys, in richly suggestive if somewhat tantalizing fashion, the extraordinary range of artwork created by SACI faculty members," says Mary Beckinsale, president of SACI.

WMU is a member of the SACI Consortium, an association of educational institutions that meets annually in Florence, Italy, to exchange ideas and concerns related to art education and foreign study. SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence, and the only school administered through the Institute of International Education, the organization that manages the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

Media contact: Don Desmett, (269) 387-2455, donald.desmett@wmich.edu

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