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Sept. 28, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The sculpture of artist Nnenna Okore will be featured in an exhibition entitled “Strings and Patterns” in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Gallery beginning Thursday Oct. 8.

The show will open with a reception in the gallery from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 8. Okore is an assistant professor and chair of the art department at North Park University in Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of Nigeria and both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Iowa. She also has received numerous awards and residencies around the world, and her work has been shown in prestigious galleries and museums.

“Currently, I am invested in forms that explore, or are inspired by, intimate spaces, shelters, architectural and natural environments, and ideas related to textures, colors, and qualities and social values associated with African fabrics, using multiple and repetitive processes,” Okore wrote in her artist statement.

There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Center of the Viterbo campus. The gallery is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when school is in session.

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