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Universidad de Veracruzana art students display their work at Atrium Gallery

Universidad de Veracruzana art students display their work at Atrium Gallery
April 14, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University and the College of DuPage have partnered to host a traveling exchange art exhibit which features a collection of works by printmaking students and alumni from the Universidad de Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico.

The exhibit, titled "Grafica Contemporanea Veracruzana," originally opened in February at the Wings Student Gallery in the Student Resource Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The exhibit is now on display at the Atrium Gallery on the second floor of Kindlon Hall at Benedictine University through June 30, 2011.

Teresa Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection, initiated the international effort after she traveled to Xalapa, Mexico in the summer of 2010 through a visiting artist program. She developed the idea of an exhibition exchange with the Mexican university's staff. This initiative evolved into a collaborative project between Benedictine University, the art faculty of the College of DuPage and Universidad de Veracruzana.

The goal of the program is to provide art students from both sides of the border with the opportunity to experience a more global view of printmaking, and at the same time expose students to the cultural diversity of fellow artists and their communities.

"Universidad de Veracruzana has one of the best fine arts programs in Mexico." Parker said. "This is the first time art students from this university have been able to showcase their works in the United States, and we are excited by the wide range of subject matter and technical virtuosity that has been displayed.

"There are more than 20 prints that are being featured, and they range from figurative study to surrealism and abstraction," she added. "These works are extraordinary examples of the bright and colorful contemporary art that can be found throughout Mexico and Latin America."

In Fall 2011, art students and alumni from Benedictine University and College of DuPage will complete the exchange by exhibiting their work at Universidad de Veracruzana.

"It is an honor to be able to facilitate the exposure of these artists and their works," Parker said. "It is my hope that this will be the beginning of a long and ongoing collaboration between our institutions and the university in Veracruzana.

"Currently, we are in the process of exploring other exhibit venues in the United States and Canada, and the possibility of forming partnerships with these venues in order to provide the maximum amount of exposure for these student-artists," she added.

The Kindlon Hall Atrium Gallery is open from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. seven days per week. Benedictine University is located at 5700 College Road in Lisle.

For more information regarding this and upcoming art exhibits, or for art tours of the Benedictine University campus, please email artgallerevents@ben.edu. 

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.