Wednesday August 8, 2007

Art Hopping Aug. 29

Sharks swimming in a science building, sinuous sculptures and a take-off on graffiti are just part of the artwork featured at the University of Dayton's first free Art Hop, shining the spotlight on the visual arts.

The hop feature artists' work at 10 different locations on campus from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29

ArtStreet director Susan Byrnes said the hop will highlight the work of eight UD students who worked throughout the summer in a new artist-in-residence program. Their work was designed to improve the visual environment in lobbies, hallways and recreational spaces in five student residential facilities.

"The student artists did a tremendous job creating art to improve our student living environments. Their efforts will benefit students here at UD for years to come, and we hope will inspire all students to help UD become a highly creative campus." Byrnes said.

During the hop, visitors can walk to one or all of the locations to see the installed art and meet the artists. The work of artists-in-residence Julie Jones, Nate Christopher, Emily Ahrens, Nick Lacke, Ben Norton, Ellen Schneider, Mark O'Brien and Pat Kelly includes photography, sculpture, printmaking, painting and ceramics.

In addition to the students, work by other artists will be featured, including photography by Andy Snow in an exhibit presented by the Dunbar Institute; paintings by Jean Koeller; Potters for Peace; and the traveling exhibit, Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary.

"The purpose of the Art Hop is to raise awareness of the diverse array of arts activity that occurs on our campus, including both student and professional exhibits," Byrnes said. "Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to come and explore the work of these talented artists."

Work will be on display in residential facilities including ArtStreet, Campus South Apartments, Marianist Hall, Virginia W. Kettering Hall and Marycrest Hall. Other locations on the tour are McGinnis Center Gallery, Alumni Hall, Kennedy Union, Rike Gallery, Roesch Library and the Marian Library Gallery.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by ArtStreet and the University's department of residential services.

The tour can be started at any Art Hop location and maps will be available at all sites.

Non-UD visitors can pick up free visitor parking passes from parking booths at the corner of Stonemill and Evanston near the RecPlex or near the main entrance.

For more information contact ArtStreet at 937-229-5101.

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