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Faculty art show travels to Italy

June 1, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The artwork of several Western Michigan University faculty members will be on display in Florence, Italy, throughout the month of June.

Faculty of WMU's Frostic School of Art will showcase the fruits of their most recent research and studio time at the Studio Art Centers International. The exhibit will bring students, instructors and art enthusiasts from around the world to see the talent of WMU's faculty. The exposure provided by a show of this caliber will beg the attention of the art community and highlight the vast resources available to the more than 450 students in WMU's art programs.

The exhibition continues a conversation that was started between SACI and WMU last year when the University became one of eight nationwide institutions to host the SACI's traveling faculty exhibit, featuring the original works of artists and educators from around the globe. Faculty member Caroline Gore initiated WMU's exhibition opportunity with SACI and secured special funding for the project from the University's Haenicke Institute for Global Education and Frostic School of Art. The exhibit was curated by RCVA Director Don Desmett.

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. WMU is a member of the SACI Consortium, an association of educational institutions that meets annually in Florence to exchange ideas and concerns related to art education and foreign study.

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

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