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NewsPress Release: 5/07/02 Drury Gallery Exhibit Features "The Dance of Shakti"

MARLBORO, VT - Marlboro College student Kit Wray will present a painting and drawing exhibit in conjunction with his senior Plan of Concentration from May 13 to 16 in the college's Drury Gallery.

Entitled "The Dance of Shakti," the exhibit depicts aspects of the feminine divinity. The pieces have been developed from sketches Wray made when journeying to active temples in India, and to ancient sites in Turkey and the Aegean.

According to Wray, "The familiar priestesses and oracles of classical culture very likely represented the last vestiges of much earlier traditions within which women were recognized as holders of sacred wisdom. Renewed interest in the feminine deity is connected with recovering those ancient mystery traditions of which women were the primary custodians. A long-forgotten spiritual force is gradually remembering its ancient roots. As this process unfolds, a new iconography of the goddess will inevitably take form. The goddess represents the unity of spirit and nature and, as Shakti, she is the primal power within the cosmos. My own quest for this imagery is on-going."

The Plan of Concentration is the cornerstone of Marlboro's academic program. It is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused in Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

Gallery hours are from 1 to 5 p.m. The Drury Gallery is fully accessible, and admission is free. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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