The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Arts and Letters will host an international art exhibit designed to counter misconceptions about the art and culture of women who live in the Islamic world. “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World” will be on display at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot from Oct. 6 - Dec. 5, 2008.
“Breaking the Veils” features art from 52 women from 21 countries. The exhibit has shown in 20 European and Australian venues to great acclaim. Hattiesburg will be the second stop on a three-year North American tour, which is currently on display at the Clinton Presidential Library. After leaving Hattiesburg, the tour will continue on to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at the Arabesque Festival in February-March 2009.
The tour is presented by The ArtReach Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Ga., which is dedicated to the healing power of the arts. The Hattiesburg residency is made possible through a generous donation by Southern Miss alumnae, Dr. Beverly Dale, through her late father’s lecture series, the Lt. Col. John H. Dale Sr. Distinguished Lecture Series in International Security and Global Policy.
“I am so pleased that the lecture series, established in memory of my father, is being initiated in conjunction with bringing this very important exhibit to the university community,” Dale said. “I trust that these events will highlight the commitment of our university to excellence in international cultural exchange and practical leadership in solving global problems."
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Denise von Herrmann, agrees. “Gifts such as this one from Dr. Dale make it possible for the college to fulfill its mission of outreach and education not only to our students, but also to the local community,” she said.
Distinguished guests will include H.R.H. Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi, Ph.D., who is the founder and director of the Royal Society of Fine Arts of Jordan and Jordanian ambassador to Italy; Aliki Moschis-Gauguet, founder and president of the Pan-Mediterranean Women Artists Network, F.A.M.; and Dr. Khalid Khreis, director general of the Royal Society of Fine Arts Jordan and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and curator of the international exhibit.
Adding another university tie to the exhibit, Dr. Edward Sayre, a Southern Miss faculty member in the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, is on the board of The ArtReach Foundation and has been actively involved in securing the exhibition for Southern Miss.
Delta Airlines is the official airline sponsor of the “Breaking the Veils” tour.
The free public exhibit, curated locally by Mark Rigsby, assistant director of the Southern Miss Museum of Art, will be on the display at the historic Hattiesburg Train Depot Tuesday through Friday from 9-4 p.m., with extended viewing hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. In addition, the exhibit will be open on Sundays from noon-4 p.m.
For more information, contact the College of Arts and Letters at 601.266.4315.
Patrons of the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., view the current exhibition of “Breaking the Veils: Women Artists from the Islamic World,” a show that will come to Hattiesburg Oct. 6 - Dec. 5, sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters.
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