Posting Date: August 17, 2010
Kennesaw State presents Nepal art exhibition
Artwork featured from Nepali master artisans
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Rajan Shakya & Rusam Amatya, "Kubera, God of Wealth," 2010
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries present “Living Treasures of Nepal: Masters of Ancient Techniques in a Modern World” in the Sturgis Library Art Gallery through Oct. 11. Co-curated by metal smith artist Barbara Cook and KSU Professor of Art Lin Hightower, the exhibition showcases the efforts of a group of Nepalese artisans to preserve ancient techniques and traditions. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place on Aug. 25 from 5-9 p.m.
The pieces selected for the exhibition represent the five sacred Buddhist arts of Nepal: sculpture, repoussé, Paubha painting, stone and woodcarving. With emphasis on the creative process as well as the product, Hightower explains that the “intricate shapes, bold colors, diverse patterns and conceptual figures speak to the soul of the process.”
The free exhibition provides viewers with the opportunity to observe the rarely seen work of master artists from the other side of the world. Additionally, visitors to the opening reception will have the privilege to meet two of the artists from Nepal, Rajesh Shakya and Ujay Bajracharya, who will also be providing demonstrations and workshops to KSU students. On this opportunity, Hightower observes, “This exhibition offers an unparalleled educational opportunity for American art students to have exposure to these traditional art pieces, workshops and visiting artisans.”
With 20 years of experience in Nepal, Cook has worked to bridge the gap between the artist and the collector. She explains, “For centuries they have seldom been referred to as ‘artisans,’ but merely as laborers for the palaces and temples, therefore never signing their work.” Through the encouragement of Cook, the Nepali master artists have developed a closer connection with collectors. The value of the exhibition, as Hightower explains, exists on both sides. “It’s not only a sharing of the culture with our students but a sharing of the American culture with them.”
Cook concludes, “It is my hope that this exhibition will bring awareness to the importance of preserving and cultivating the artistic endeavors of the Nepali master artisans through education.”
The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Sturgis Library and is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday evenings and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the Art Museum and Galleries at KSU, visit here.
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