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News Vietnamese Contemporary Art Exhibit Comes to Marlboro College in November

Marlboro, VT -- (October 21, 2010) -- Marlboro College will host an exhibit of woodblock prints by contemporary Vietnamese artists in Drury Gallery, November 1-28. An opening reception will take place in the gallery on Wednesday, November 3 at 4:00pm.

The prints are on loan from the personal collection of Judith Hughes-Day, a New York City-based collector specializing in contemporary Vietnamese artists. The exhibit will focus on a series of prints by artist Phan Cam Thuong entitled A Sixty Year Cycle, which were printed in black and white using ink made from bamboo leave ashes.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Marlboro will present a video of Thuong discussing A Sixty Year Cycle, which was shot by alumna Von Ferguson.

"According to the ancient Chinese calendar, 60 years make a cycle. Having reached your sixties, you may rest, go fishing, play cards or chess, travel over land and seas or play with kids," Thuong explains in his artist statement. "My 60 topics in the collection were suggested by the philosophical, religious and everyday life issues of the Viets, especially subjects from folk ballads and songs or idiomatic expression about predestined love, human feelings, rituals, ethics or our people's everyday behavior."

Vietnamese scholar Trian Nguyen will deliver a lecture on contemporary Vietnamese art at 7:00pm on Monday, November 8 in Ragle Hall. Nguyen is an assistant professor of art and the Luce Junior Professor of Asian Studies at Bates College.

Marlboro College professor of art Cathy Osman says she conceived the idea for the exhibit following two trips to Vietnam that Marlboro College faculty and students were able to take due to grants from the Freeman Foundation for Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

"Vietnam has an incredibly rich print tradition; including votive prints, fine art prints and folk art," says Osman. "I was particularly struck by the diversity and exquisite beauty and craftsmanship of the woodblock tradition of printmaking."

The Drury Gallery is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday through Friday while the college is in session. For more information, call 802-257-4333. This exhibit is made possible by the Freeman Foundation for Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 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.

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