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UNI Gallery of Art to present 'Rie Hachiyanagi: A Retrospective'

May 29, 2003

Darrell Taylor, director, UNI Gallery of Art, (319) 273-6134
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present 'Rie Hachiyanagi: A Retrospective,' from Monday, June 9 through Sunday, Aug. 3. Consisting of six large-scale installations made primarily of handmade paper and photographic documentation of performance art works, the exhibition represents her most characteristic works from the last eight years. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Humanities Iowa.

Hachiyanagi will give a lecture at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the Kamerick Art Building Art Auditorium, Room 111, and a reception will follow.

Hachiyanagi received her B.F.A., with honors, from the University of Iowa, and her M.F.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently an assistant professor of fine arts at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y. She has exhibited widely in this country and abroad, including installations and performances in California, New York, and Georgia, as well as in Holland and Japan.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant for papermaking projects in Japan, a Best of Fine Arts award from the Santa Barbara News-Press, and several Abrams Awards. In addition, her work has been reviewed by news organizations and arts publications such as CNN, Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts, Fiberarts Magazine, Time Out New York, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

'Her installation work investigates the inadequacy of language and expressive silence, while her performance art works deal with healing as an 'endeavor that is instigated by resilient vitality,'' said Darrell Taylor, director of the UNI Gallery of Art. He added, according to Hachiyanagi, 'A sheet of paper is not merely a space for an expression to be manifested. Rather, it becomes a voice of its own, which surrounds the audience with vibrant echoes.'

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. During the summer months, gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed on July 4. The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson Road and West 27th Street, on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. Due to campus construction, visitors are encouraged to park in the UNI-Dome South lot and use the Hudson Road overpass to reach the Gallery of Art. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit