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Last call for two Kennedy Museum of Art exhibitions

ATHENS, Ohio (Dec. 8, 2006) -- Two Kennedy Museum of Art exhibits, "Selections from the Print Collection" and "Navajo Basketry and Beadwork: Traditions and Innovations" will both close on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Museum hours of operation

The Kennedy Museum of Art will close its galleries for the holidays from Sunday, Dec. 24, through Jan. 1. The museum galleries will reopen on Tuesday, Jan.  2.

The Kennedy Museum of Art, located in historic Lin Hall at The Ridges on the Ohio University Athens campus, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed Mondays and holidays. Admission and parking are free. Pre-arranged guided tours are available to community and school groups with advance notice. For information, or to book tours call 740-593-1304.

"Selections from the Print Collection" features an eclectic blend of styles and sensibilities, techniques and concepts. Faculty members Bob Lazuka, Karla Hackenmiller, Melissa Haviland and Art Werger chose prints from KMA's collection highlighting the interdisciplinary collaboration between master printers and other visual artists since the "printmaking renaissance" in the early 1960s. KMA's holdings represent the diversity of media and varied approaches to printmaking fostered by this collaboration.

"Navajo Basketry and Beadwork: Traditions and Innovations" showcases traditional and contemporary Navajo baskets from the Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection. These intricately crafted baskets interweave natural fibers and fine beadwork. Navajo basketry – old and new – aims to tell the stories not only of individual artists, but also of Navajo ancestry and history.

Additional exhibits at the Kennedy Museum of Art include "Weaving is Life," an on-going multimedia exhibit featuring the works of multiple generations of Navajo weavers and "Truth in Looking," featuring iconic images by James Karales, celebrated photojournalist of the Civil Rights movement.

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Media Contact: Kennedy Museum Public Relations and Media Coordinator Anita Martin at 740-597-1585 or martina@ohio.edu

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