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SFA to open Mexico exchange exhibition

September 9, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk
This editioned print by Patrisia Gardea is one of the pieces included in "Connecting the Dots: Art Exchange," which the SFA School of Art will open at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open one half of "Connecting the Dots: Art Exchange" at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

The exhibition of artworks by 26 students and faculty from the University of Chihuahua, Mexico, is opening on the same evening that an exhibition of artworks by 21 SFA students and faculty is opening in Chihuahua, explained Michelle Rozic, SFA assistant professor of art who helped organize the exchange exhibition.

During the Nacogdoches opening reception, a slide show of the Chihuahua exhibition will be shown, and a live video conference with the Chihuahua opening will begin at 7 p.m.

The relationship between the two universities is a result of connections Piero Fenci, SFA professor of ceramics, made in 2005 when he helped the University of Chihuahua establish a ceramics program. Two ceramics students from Chihuahua, Adan Saenz and Kira Enriquez, subsequently enrolled in SFA's graduate program.

Saenz is now a professor of ceramics and printmaking at the University of Chihuahua and assisted Rozic with the exchange. Enriquez is serving as a post-graduate fellow at SFA, teaching Ceramics I and II and Three-D Design.

Fenci and Enriquez will speak briefly during the opening reception, sharing their multi-cultural experience between Nacogdoches and Chihuahua.

"Connecting the Dots: Art Exchange" will run through Saturday, Nov. 28. It is sponsored in part by the SFA Office of the Provost, SFA Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

Griffith Gallery is located in Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.