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Artwork by Holocaust and Rwandan genocide survivors at UNI Gallery of Art

September 7, 2009

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the exhibition 'Voice to Vision' from Wednesday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. David Feinberg, associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, will give a curator's lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in Kamerick Art Building, Room 111. An opening reception will follow.

Special guest Floriane Robins-Brown will also present and field questions during the Sept. 24 presentation. Rwandan native Robins-Brown is executive director of the Nibakure Children's Village in Rwanda and a participant in the Voice to Vision Project.

In addition to his curatorial duties, Feinberg is the director of Voice to Vision, which is associated with the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. This collaborative effort has resulted in exhibitions and DVD documentaries that have been presented in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida.

This programming is a partnership between UNI Department of Art, UNI Holocaust and Genocide Education Program (HGEP), and the Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA). According to Stephen Gaies, UNI professor of English and HGEP co-chair, the presentations at the UNI Gallery of Art and WCA will be 'the largest display of works in the entire history of Voice to Vision.' For information about programming at WCA visit

The Voice to Vision Project is a multidisciplinary, multimedia, intergenerational endeavor, bringing together Holocaust and genocide survivors and artists to collaborate on new works of visual art. Curator Feinberg states, 'the innovative Voice to Vision approach may also inspire other communities to use the visual artsï¾… as tools in the investigation, recovery and protection of their own indigenous narrative and emotional experiences, and allow those experiences to be presented to, and understood by, other communities and other generations.'

This exhibition represents the continuation of programming begun at UNI in the fall of 2006 by the HGEP as part of a series of exhibitions, lectures and film screenings titled 'Memoirs, Representations and History,' and by the UNI Gallery of Art, which in 2002 presented a three-person exhibition titled 'Residue of Silence.'

Sponsors for the exhibition and lectures include Waterloo Center for the Arts, UNI College of Humanities & Fine Arts, UNI Department of Art, UNI Center for Multicultural Education and the UNI Faculty Senate.

The exhibition will be held in the Gallery of Art Showcases in the south wing of the Kamerick Art Building on the UNI campus. All Gallery events are free and open to the public during gallery hours, which are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.