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KU Professor Hosts Reception for Mexican Art Exhibit

September 12, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University professor of communication design, Kevin McCloskey, will host a reception for printmaking studio Médula Negra's first U.S exhibition, on Monday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the  second floor gallery of the Rohrbach Library. The date for the reception coincides with Mexico's Independence Day.

"Médula Negra," which means Black Bone Marrow, of Xalapa, Mexico, is the studio of two young printmakers, Javier Arjona and Sebastian Fund. Prints in the exhibition include woodcuts from Arjona's 2012 series, Metal Para Sordos (Heavy Metal for the Deaf), and Fund's current project, Huellas Lejanas (Distant Footprints), which involves printing with abandoned shoes he finds in the streets.

Arjona studied at open studios in Oaxaca, Mexico, as a young man. He learned drawing with Rene Almanza, then printmaking at Pata de Perro (Dog Leg) studio and later, the Rufino Tamayo studio. He is now in his final year of printmaking studies at the University of Veracruz.

Fund has exhibited work in the best juried print shows in Mexico. In 2010, he won the prestigious Grant for Young Creators. Fund has invested the award, which amounted to 500,000 pesos, nearly $40,000 in U.S dollars, into Médula Negra.

Curated by professor McCloskey, who visited Xalapa this summer to meet the artists, the exhibition runs Sept. 15 to Oct.15, to correspond with National Hispanic Heritage Month 2013.

For more information, please contact Kevin McCloskey at 610-683-4525.