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Exhibit Encourages Participation

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Do-It-Yourself  Artist Kim Wilson of Monticello, creator of the audience participation exhibit “The Exchange.”

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   An art exhibit that encourages viewers to take pieces and replace them with their own creations will be on display in the main gallery of the Taylor Library and Technology Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Sept. 14 through Oct. 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

   An artist’s reception and discussion will be held Sept. 22 from 6-7 p.m.

   Created by Kim Wilson of Monticello, the exhibit is called “The Exchange,” a collection of hand-made ceramic pieces displayed on individual shelves. The public is invited to take one of the pieces, but only if they create a new replacement piece. According to Tom Richard, head of the UAM art program, the exhibit “allows the public not only to participate with the artwork, but to also explore their creativity. By opening up the artist’s workspace, and by inviting the audience to create, ‘The Exchange’ explores concepts of personal relationships, personal interaction, difference, beauty, and individuality.”

   Included in the exhibit is a written piece which also explores audience interaction, and a disk piece, which consists of small ceramic floor sculptures exploring obsessiveness derived from Wilson’s personal reaction to specific situations.

   Originally from Rock Hill, S.C., Hill recently moved to Monticello with her husband, Scott Lykens, who joined the UAM art department this fall as an assistant professor. Wilson is a graduate of Winthrop University and Trinity College and holds a master’s degree in ceramics from Kent University.

   “The Exchange” is an on-going installation and has been exhibited in Detroit, Mich., West Palm Beach, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.

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