Artist Akagawa to Discuss Eco-aesthetics and the Environment

Posted on May 8th, 2006 by

Internationally respected public sculptor Kinji Akagawa will visit Gustavus Adolphus College at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 15 in the Harold and Ruth Schaefer Fine Arts lecture hall on campus for a round table discussion, slide presentation of his work, and introduction of his current research topic, “Eco-aesthetics and the Environment,” how contemporary art relates to the appreciation of beauty, living, and eco-philosophy.

Kinji Akagawa is professor of fine arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is regarded as one of the premier public artists in the United States. As a professor, he enjoys sharing his concern with art education and the future relevance of art in society. Akagawa combines the simplicity of traditional Japanese art with a deep interest for the impact of his art on the public. Most of his public art incorporates local materials and the principle of utilization. Many of his sculptures are either tables or benches that invite the viewer into his creation. Some of Akagawa’s pieces have been installed in galleries, museums, and universities throughout the country.

Sponsored by the Gustavus Department of Art and Art History, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cheryle Melander, visiting assistant professor of art and art history at Gustavus, at 507/933-7376.


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