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‘El Grabado Mexicano’ featured at Weber Art Gallery

November 12, 2010 8:07 AM

The Marguerite Weber Art Gallery at Pikeville College, in conjunction with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), is pleased to announce the exhibit “El Grabado Mexicano,” or “Mexican Engravings,” a visual history of Mexico’s struggle for independence.

The traditional Mexican art media of woodcuts and engravings depict scenes from historic landmarks and time periods brought together to mark the bi-centennial celebration of the independence of Mexico.

The prints showcase Mexican history and myth through art and were made possible by an agreement between KIIS and the Ministry of Culture of Michoacan. Part of a traveling exhibit, the show has been presented at colleges in Kentucky and Tennessee, including the University of Louisville, Georgetown College and Western Kentucky University.

“I’m very excited the college will be hosting this exhibit,” said Pat Kowalok, professor of art. “The prints, the history they represent, and the cultural mythology they present should appeal to a wide audience at a liberal arts college.”

“El Grabado Mexicano” will be featured at the gallery from Nov. 18 through Dec. 15. Special presentations by Steve Budney, associate professor of history, and John Howie, professor of psychology – both of whom have taught in Mexico – will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, at 11a.m. A reception will follow. The exhibit, sponsored by KIIS, the Weber Gallery and Pikeville College’s Division of Humanities, is free and the campus and community are cordially invited.

Located in Record Memorial Building, level two, gallery hours of operation are on Monday from 10-11 a .m. and noon-6 p.m.; Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-6 p.m., Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. and noon-6 p.m.; Thursday from 1:30-6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. For more information, contact Kowalok at (606) 218-5758 or Petra Carroll, assistant professor of art, at (606) 218-5759.

The Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) is a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities. Since 1975, KIIS has provided international educational experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, and Latin America for nearly 9,000 participants. KIIS currently offers 24 summer and 5 semester study-abroad programs in Argentina, Austria-Bregenz, Berlin, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Greece, Istanbul, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Munich, Paris, Prague, Quebec, Salzburg, Slavic Europe, Spain, and Tanzania.

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