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Ivy Tech Gallery of Fine Art & Design to host art exhibition on post-apartheid South Africa

The Gallery of Fine Art & Design at Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus/Franklin will host a photographic exhibit titled “Looking for the Rainbow: A cultural collage of the Western Cape Province in post-apartheid South Africa.”  The exhibit will run from May 21 through August.  An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. in the gallery.  A panel discussion, focusing on current human rights in post-apartheid South Africa, including William Rasdell, the exhibit artist; Gil Palmer, president of the Human Rights Commission; and John Roberts, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Ivy Tech, will follow from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m.  The public is invited to both the reception and the panel discussion.

The focus of the exhibit, according to the photographer, is for the images “to present a portrait of a people as they strive to achieve Nelson Mandela’s vision of the Rainbow Nation.”  The photographs portray the mixed race of the “Coloured” communities in the Western Cape Province, who, although the largest cultural group in the province, consider themselves the most marginalized.  Today, under Black majority rule, this group is experiencing extremely high unemployment, drug abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and gang violence, not unlike during the days of apartheid.

The internationally-known photographer, William Rasdell, has enjoyed solo and group exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the University of Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian & Western Art, and the Domont Gallery, all in Indianapolis.  Elsewhere, he has shown at the Universal Art Gallery in Memphis; the Academica San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art in Havana, Cuba; the Richmond Museum of Art; the Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel, Indiana; the Duotone Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy; and the Fire Patrol #5 Gallery in New York.

Information:  Jan Banister, jbaniste@ivytech.edu or 812-374-5148.

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