The Salina Art Center hosts “Shattering the Void: Realms of Meaning in East Asian Art” alongside “Mother Tongue, Motherhood, and Transculturation” works by Shin-hee Chin through March 8.
“Shattering the Void” is curated by the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. This exhibition presents works of art that represent both everyday life and mystical realms within Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. The Freeman Foundation awarded the Spencer Museum of Art $437,261 to develop a K-12 outreach program focused on Asian art. Through this two-year grant, the Spencer Museum partnered with USD 305 and Salina Arts & Humanities to create educational resources for teachers and elementary students in central Kansas using Asian works of art from the Spencer’s collection. The two programs then collaborated with Salina Art Center and provided funding for “Shattering the Void” exhibition and subsequent programming at the Art Center.
Educators were treated to an exclusive preview reception where they learned about curriculum resources and bus funds to help pay for field trips and received classroom resources to extend learning. During the exhibition, educators are encouraged to schedule tours and field trips while taking advantage of online curriculum resources created through the partnership. The educator preview was funded by the Freeman Foundation with support from The Salina Education Foundation, Salina Arts & Humanities, Salina Art Center and the Spencer Museum of Art.
“Mother Tongue, Motherhood, and Transculturation” works by Shin-hee Chin reflects the binary approach — East vs. West, female vs. male, art vs. craft, yin vs. yang, faith vs. (secular) world, figurative vs. non figurative, abstract vs. concrete, idea vs. form etc. All those paradoxes inhabit the same space, just as Asia and America co-exist in the artist.
Special programming funded through this project includes:
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