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Appalachian’s Looking Glass Gallery calls for donations

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Looking Glass Gallery is accepting donations through Feb. 7 for its next exhibit “Body Culture Sculpture.”  This is part of the Gallery’s upcoming Spring 2011 show “Gut Feelings: Confessions of a body conscious culture.”  The exhibition will be on view from Feb. 8 to March 1.

The gallery is inviting the local Watauga County community, as well as Appalachian students, faculty and staff, to contribute to this project. The sculpture will exist as a haphazard pile of donated items. These items should relate to the contributor’s personal struggles with body image, and may include clothing, empty medicine or prescription bottles, photographs, magazines, words on paper, body-weight scales, etc. The goal of this project is to inspire members in the community to rid themselves of negative mannerisms surrounding body image and perfection that are apparent in our culture in hopes that they will be inspired to embrace a healthier view of their own individuality.

Items may be turned in to the Office of Student Programs, room 231 in Plemmons Student Union. Afterwards, items may be freely and continually added to the “Body Culture Sculpture” pile on display in Looking Glass Gallery.

Contributors should note that any and all items donated to the pile will not be returned. Items from the sculpture will be recycled following the end of the exhibition. Although most items will be included in the pile, the Looking Glass Gallery reserves the right to exclude any openly contentious donations.

Sponsors of the “Body Culture Sculpture” are Appalachian’s Plemmons Student Union Student Programs, Beauty Mark Committee, Counseling Center, Department of Art, Ceramics Club, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and Art Management Organization.

The Looking Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of Plemmons Student Union on Appalachian’s campus, and is open to the public.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.LookingGlassGallery.appstate.edu.

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