New UND arts collection gallery to be publically unveiled at the Empire Arts Center Aug. 29


David L. Dodds

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The new University of North Dakota Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave., will hold a public opening , along with a special reception, from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The exhibition includes a wide variety of pieces, from art of ancient Egypt to 18th and 19th Century paintings, and later works by nationally and internationally renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Audrey Flack, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. The UND Gallery also is committed to exhibiting works by local artists, acknowledging their contributions as influential members of the regional art community.

Special inaugural week hours for public viewing are set for Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 30, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 31, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Normal hours of operation for the gallery, outside of the opening week, will be: Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

The UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center, which extends art beyond the campus borders, is a tangible example of the University's commitment to expand its presence into the community – a primary tenet of the Exceptional UND initiative.

Famous chalk artist

And there's something else happening downtown next week in connection with the Art Collections.

Street artist Melanie Stimmell and her "We Talk Chalk Team" will be creating a three-dimensional image to celebrate UND's new presence downtown. During her 14 years as a street painter extraordinaire, Stimmell has been awarded gold medals and first-place awards in prestigious European competitions to become one of the world's most honored street painters.

Prior to connecting to "We Talk Chalk," Stimmell spent eight years working as the technical director on the television series South Park. The creation of the 3D image begins Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m., on the sidewalk next to the Empire Arts Center with completion anticipated for Saturday, Sept. 1.

The public is encouraged to stop by and watch the progress as well as visit the new UND Art Collections Gallery throughout the week!