War and Peace Project
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—University Programs hosts the War and Peace Project from April 21 to May 23, 2014 in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery at the University of Arkansas Union. The exhibit is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a collage-making workshop on Thursday, May 1 from 12 to 2 p.m. in the Connections Lounge and a reception on May 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery.
This event is free to current University of Arkansas Fayetteville students who pay the student activities fee. Students must show ID for entrance. Admission for general public and non-fee-paying students is contingent upon seating availability and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis after fee-paying students are admitted. For special accommodations due to disability, please contact the Office of Student Activities, email@example.com, or call 479-575-5255.
University Programs is thrilled to bring the artwork of Laura “Lola” Baltzell and her “Team Tolstoy” to the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery. Baltzell initiated the idea of the War and Peace Project in 2009 and, completed, comprises over 750 individual collages. Each page incorporates a page of Tolstoy’s Russian text, War and Peace. Baltzell and project partner, Lynn Waskelis dubbed a small group of friends “Team Tolstoy”. Team members include Lucy Arrington, Otto Mayr, Lucy Zahner Montgomery, Emma Rhodes, and Adrienne Wetmore. Occasionally, guest artists are invited to contribute to a collage. Each collage is a collaboration between the group and represent the distinct styles of each artist. Nevertheless, there are three simple rules for the project: each collage contains at least one word of the original text, the artist may not touch up or re-do any collage, and the artist is free to decide if he or she would like to respond to the story line or not. Project partner, Waskelis, calls it a “mash-up of personal bits and random detritus washed up from the universe of print”. While some might say destroying a classic text such as War and Peace is inappropriate or disrespectful and others might say it is artistically expressive, Team Tolstoy says that this is what makes the project interesting. “It’s the struggle to make connections, find meanings, and ultimately to create something of value,” Lucy Arrington said. Don’t miss this unique combination of literature, art, and self-expression in the War and Peace Project exhibit at the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery.
This event is co-sponsored by the University Programs Anne Kittrell Art Gallery Committee. For more information on this event, contact University Programs Gallery Chair Derick McCollum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-575-5255 or Chas Thompson at email@example.com.