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Whittier, CA  90608-0634



Jan. 17, 2002                                                           Contact:  Judy Browning

Reference: 01/02: 37                                                               at (562) 907-4216 

Pantheon of “New” Gods on Display at Whittier College Library 

WHAT:                        “A Pantheon of Gods for the 21st Century,” ceramic sculptures by students in Dennis McGonagle’s fifth-grade class at Lincoln School
in the Whittier City School District.

WHEN:                        Display runs through Feb. 14.  The exhibit is open to the public
                             from 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m.–5 p.m.,
                             Friday; 1–5 p.m., Saturday; and
noon to 11 p.m., Sunday. 

WHERE:                      Wardman Library at Whittier College

                             13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier  

COST:                         Free 

ADD:                      McGonagle’s class has sculpted gods and goddesses for the
modern age, a project that grew out of class discussions on the
stories they were reading on Greek mythology. “After brainstorming about problems that face humans in today’s world,” McGonagle said,
 “the children drew pictures of gods and goddesses that could
somehow help people live happier lives.  They then created the
ceramic sculptures and wrote descriptions of the deities.”


                             Included in the exhibit are the Princess of Healing, Angel of Music
and Rod, the skateboard God, among others.  “We obviously had
a lot of fun with this,” McGonagle said.  “In the two weeks we
worked on the project, we combined language arts, social studies, computer word processing, drawing and sculpting.  The students
connected their own lives and experiences to assignments and
used problem-solving skills to create some amazingly good art.”


                             McGonagle, 1993 graduate of Whittier College, has been teaching
at Lincoln School for more than eight years.  In addition to the
student work, this exhibit also includes some of his sculptures
of fish and small figures.  He is well known locally for his colorful
paintings of Whittier-area and other Southern California locations.                     

INFORMATION:         Contact Ann Topjon, public services librarian, at (562) 907-4247.

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