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November 7 , 2003

Hampshire Hosts U.S.–Japan Drawing Exhibition

This work by Denica Koycheva ‘05 is on display in the U.S.-Japan drawing show at Hampshire College’s Main Art Gallery through November 25

From November 5 to 25, Hampshire College’s Main Art Gallery will host a special exhibition of drawings by students and faculty from the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith and the University of Massachusetts), the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, and four Japanese art schools: Aichi Prefectural University of Arts, Kyoto Municipal University of Arts, Kyoto Seika University, and Nagoya University of Arts. This is the second time that such an exhibition is being mounted; a related exhibition took place at Nagoya University of Arts in Nagoya, Japan, in 2000.

Mount Holyoke printmaker and professor of art Nancy Campbell, whose work is on display in the exhibition, was responsible for the initial contact that led to the current exhibition. Campbell spent her recent sabbatical in Japan studying firsthand the art that has influenced her work. The idea for the collaboration between the Japanese schools and the Five Colleges came out of conversations Campbell had with Japanese art faculty during a visit to the Nagoya University of Arts.
The Japan-U.S. exhibition is in conjunction with the Five College Advanced Seminar in Drawing, a course that is team taught by studio faculty from each of the Five Colleges. A representative student from each campus will be among the American art students who will be included in the exhibition at Hampshire College. Work by art faculty from participating institutions will also be featured.

Drawing has long been a fundamental human activity. Transcending specific geography, contemporary drawing embraces many approaches, subjects, tools, and strategies ranging from traditional drawing to earthworks, installations, and digital and conceptual art forms.

"Today the art world has become so international and interdependent that it is difficult to point to a body of recent drawings and identify them with a particular country or culture,” Campbell said. “Despite the global nature of contemporary trends, an international art exhibition provokes us to search for shared affinities, cultural identifiers, correspondences, and connections between the works. It creates a place for the fresh exchange of energy, ideas, and dialogue—a place to discover meaning and knowledge about the world."

A reception will be held on Thursday November 13, from
4 to 6 pm. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday, 2 to 5 pm. For further information, contact Carolyn Arnold at 413-559-5544.



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