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Children’s Art from Haiti on Exhibit at Marian University - 12/13/2010

One year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Department of Visual Arts at Marian University will show the artwork of Haitian children was created in response to the disaster. The exhibit, entitled “Haiti Cheri,” will open with a reception on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and will run through February 4. It is open to the public at no charge and is generously funded by the Talbot Street Art Fair.

Haiti Cheri“Haiti Cheri” features paintings, writing, and debris from buildings collected and created by children in Jacmel, Haiti. One of the artists featured in the exhibit, Donald Alcindor, writes, “I select that piece of ceramic and that piece of wood because I saw many houses destroyed, many people died, school collapse (crazi). Those pieces remind me of that sad event.”

The exhibit takes place in conjunction with a talk by William Canny of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on January 13, 2011. Canny is the director of emergency operations at (CRS); his visit to campus is part of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies Speaker Series. More information and registration is available on the web site.

Marian University is partnering with Art Creation Foundation for Children (ACFFC) to debut the artwork created by children in the ACFFC program. The ACFFC mission is to help children become the next generation of traditional Haitian artists by providing them with love, nurturing, food, healthcare, and education. Prior to enrolling in ACFFC’s program, these children had never attended school.

Marian University’s art gallery is located on the first floor of Fisher Hall. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment. Contact gallery director Jenny Pauckner at jpauckner@marian.edu for information.