Posting Date: September 12, 2011
KSU printmakers host September 11 Memorial Portfolio
Exhibition features more than 400 artworks from artists across the world
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University printmakers will present “September 11 Memorial Portfolio” – an American Print Alliance traveling exhibition – from Sept. 10–30 at The Arts Exchange in Atlanta. An opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 10 from 7-10 p.m.
“The Memorial Portfolio looks beyond the violence of that day to commemorate the lives of the victims,” says Valerie Dibble, KSU professor of printmaking and photography and curator of the KSU presentation of the exhibition.
The exhibit features over 400 pieces on 8x10 inch paper, including drawings, watercolors, and photographs. According to American Print Alliance, the 8x10 artwork size symbolizes the office papers floating down from the World Trade Center. Artists from a dozen countries, including the United States and Canada, contributed original artwork.
Dibble says it’s fitting that KSU is marking the 10-year anniversary with this special presentation. Ten years ago, KSU art students and professors printed more than 1,500 cards and sent them to first responders in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Now, “it’s our turn to honor the victims by using art to symbolize the individuality of each person we lost,” explains Dibble.
“September 11 Memorial Portfolio” has been a traveling exhibition since 2002. The exhibition will eventually be donated to a museum collection.
The Arts Exchange is located at 750 Kalb Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. The exhibition will be open on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.