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    October 28, 2004    
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SSU Art Students "Visualize Democracy" in New
Exhibit at University Library Gallery

How some SSU art students might "visualize democracy" -- from hanging chads to variations on voting booths -- is the theme of a new exhibit opening at the University Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 29 and runs through January 5, 2005. An opening night reception is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

In an attempt to spur voter participation and political dialogue, the University Library Art Gallery at Sonoma State University teamed up with SSU's advanced Gallery and Museum Methods students to present "Visualizing Democracy: A Juried Student Exhibition."

The show consists entirely of works in all media submitted by more than 70 students from across campus. Student curators cut the choices down to 35 entries.

The exhibit ranges from black and white photographs of anti-American graffiti found on walls in Italy to several sculptural works that are a variation on voting booths. Several pieces incoroporate or mimic American flags, while others interpret the theme of democracy more abstractly.

There are works that deal directly with voting and include voter registration forms and a pile of "chads", and there are several works that deal directly with the war in Iraq - a painting of flag-draped coffins, for example, and an installation made by a student who is also a Vietnam veteran.

Some of the pieces aresatirical or whimsical, while others are very serious and quite pointed. "It is definitely a wide range of responses to the theme of democracy, all expressed through works of art made by SSU students," says art professor Michael Schwager.

The show is part of a larger program for the fall 2004 semester entitled It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote . Coordinated through the University Library, the program is designed to provide students and the community an opportunity to explore together the vast notion of voting, civic engagement, and what it means to live in a democratic society.


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