Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - November 2, 1998
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Two members of Whittier College's art faculty have received grants to participate in special programs--one in Florida and the other in France.

Kim Russo, associate professor of art, is participating in the Nov. 1-21 interdisciplinary session of the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists-in residence facility in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Endi Poskovic, assistant professor of art, has been awarded a fellowship from the Ministry of Flemish-Belgian Community to spend the summer of 1999 at the Centrum Voor Grafiek Frans Masereel in Kasterlee, Belgium.

Russo and the other members of this session will create "hybrid personae" that will become part of a performed exhibit in a mock "Museum of Ethnicity" on public display during the last few days of the program. Russo is working on her performance/installation with Mexican artist and activist Guillermo Gomez-Pena and his collaborator, Roberto Sifuentes. Russo said she hopes to gain conceptual ideas for her own installation work, in which the viewer's physical interaction with the work is a primary element. In addition, the professional connections made during her tenure in Florida will lead to opportunities for the college and her students, such as on-campus visits by recognized artists and internships and exhibition opportunities for art majors.

Poskovic will work on a new series of woodcut prints in Belgium, from June though August of next year. He said the grant is similar to one he received last year from the Camargo Foundation to work in France, but with "more interaction with the cultural life of Flanders and Belgium." In addition, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Flemish Ministry of Culture and the Centrum have all acquired works by Poskovic for their permanent collections.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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