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Contact: Anna Marie Coveny, DeKalb Area Women’s Center
(815) 758-1351

April 20, 2007

NIU art alumnus’ work featured in Venezuelan Culture Day exhibitions

DeKalb — The mixed media paintings of Northern Illinois University alumnus Edgar Yanez are featured in two exhibitions celebrating Venezuelan Culture Day. A double closing reception will be held Friday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the NIU Latino Resource Center, 515 Garden Road, and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC), 1021 State Street.

Yanez graduated from NIU in May 2006 with a master of fine arts degree, and is now a university professor in Venezuela. His mixed media paintings incorporate pastel colors with active patterns layered over the background.

Three Chicago-area artists also will display their art in the exhibitions. Montserrat Alsina looks to her heritage with mirrors honoring ancestors in the NIU exhibit and considers endangered species as subject matter for her mixed media drawings and paintings at the DAWC. She also has produced installations expressing the beauty and fragility of “Mother Earth.” Jenny Ramos features her photography of “The Land of Cocoa” showing the harvest and its accompanying celebration through video and stills. Eduardo Angulo-Salas has contributed large-scale, colorful and glossy paintings which seem non-objective from a distance, but include childlike figurative symbols when viewed from a closer perspective.

The exhibitions are sponsored by the NIU Latino Resource Center, the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the DeKalb Area Women’s Center. Special guests at the receptions include the General Consulate of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as well as dignitaries from NIU and the City of DeKalb. Mayor Frank Van Buer will present a proclamation in honor of Venezuelan Culture Day. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Latino Resource Center gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking is available for a fee on campus in the NIU visitor lot. An accessible ramp is located on the north side of the building. For further information, call (815) 753-1986.

DAWC gallery viewing hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment. Free parking is available one-half block south on Eleventh Street. The accessible lift can be located from the alley just north of the 1021 State Street building. To arrange a group showing, call (815) 758-1351.

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