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Artwork of Disabled Wisconsin Adults
On Display in McIntyre Library

RELEASED: Aug. 20, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's McIntyre Library has mounted an exhibit from the VSA arts of Wisconsin of art of adults with disabilities. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, three dimensional and mixed media pieces, is displayed in the library's grand corridor and on the library's fifth floor.

The exhibit, which runs through the month of August, consists of artwork by adults with disabilities. The artwork was submitted to VSA Arts of Wisconsin and reviewed by professional artists who look for originality, creativity and craftsmanship. Five pieces were selected for VSA's Traveling Adult Art Exhibit.

"These art collections were designed to encourage and celebrate the creative talent of Wisconsin artists with disabilities," says Kathie Wagner, president of VSA Arts of Wisconsin. "Each year, we are amazed at the level of talent and imagination shown in the work submitted by these incredible artists."

Artwork stays in the traveling collections for five years, after which it is retired from the traveling exhibits and may be used as recognition gifts or sold by VSA to help support the program.

The exhibit is the result of a recent collaboration between the McIntyre Library and the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls. The exhibit previously hung there in the month of July.

"This is a wonderful partnership which will bring additional art exhibits and cultural programming to the campus community," said John Pollitz, director of the McIntyre Library. "We're excited about this collaboration with the Heyde Center."

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