Hiram College

Hiram College will present an exhibition by noted artist and University of Akron professor, Hui-Chu Ying in the Art Gallery of the Gelbke Fine Arts Center, 12000 Winrock Road, from January 22 – February 29.

Titled Prayers, the artist uses her artistic interests to address the challenges of war, disasters, illness, intolerance, and loss. Marshalling a variety of media, including painting, drawing, etching, screen-printing, and collage, she creates large-scale installations that offer a space for meditation and communication.

The artist will be present for a reception on January 25 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will give a talk in the gallery at 6 p.m. The reception and talk, like the exhibit, are free and open to the public.

Ying will also present a workshop on Tuesday, January 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Gelbke Fine Arts Center. The artist will demonstrate silk screen-printing techniques and collaborate with students in the creation of a large-scale mural on the interior of the new art building. The public is invited to watch and participate.

Ying said, “We learn to nurture and embrace one another, to cope with the loss of loved ones, and to endure obstacles. The best medicine for healing the wounds that life throws at us is the offer of hope and courage. Helping one another to develop empathy, tolerance, patience, and humility is on life’s greatest gifts.”

In conjunction with the gallery exhibition and workshop, Hiram College also presents the symposium, “Creative Coping: Art as Sustenance” on Wednesday, February 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The symposium features three different speakers, each discussing art as a source of healing.

Directions to Hiram College can be found at www.hiram.edu/visitors/gettingtohiram.html. For more information please call the Hiram College art department at 330.569.5304.

The Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.