Building artistic bridges

International collaboration connects students globally

By Mbulelo Maqungo
On November 22, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: International art exchange exhibit shows off pieces from across the globe.

The department of visu­al and performing arts on Nov. 11 partnered with Duy Tan University to present the International Art Ex­change Exhibition.

Throughout the week, the graphic design work and artistry of DTU students was showcased in the gallery room of the Carr Edu­cation-Fine Arts Building.

The exhibition culminated in a reception featuring contribu­tions from the Vietnamese Stu­dents Association and the depart­ment of international studies.

The idea for the exhibition started in one of associate profes­sor Edwin Cuenco’s classes and, with the help of students, led to an eight-week preparation and corre­spondence with DTU.

“As a Vietnamese student, I was interested in the possibility of sharing new ideas through this partnership” VSA member Thoa Nguyen said after the presentation.

DTU is located in Da Nang, the third largest city in Viet­nam. The coastal metropolis is home to one of Vietnam’s most important ports, creat­ing the environment for DTU to become the largest private institution in the region.

During the reception on Nov 14, the VSA had re­freshments, a presentation showing how students worked at DTU and a solo performance from Nguy­en of the song “Di Cay.”

This exhibition also gave ASU students the opportunity to share their design ideas, as many student projects from the graphic design program were selected and sent to Da Nang City in return.

“The attendance was great, but the chance from our Angelo State community to experience an­other cultural perspective was what this was all about,” Cuenco said.

Ralph Hall, art program coordinator, led the groups of stu­dents and faculty through the dis­plays.

“First and foremost, this gallery is a teaching gallery,” Hall said. “We found that the exchange of ideas between us and Duy Tan was an occasion we couldn’t pass up. I’m very honored to be able to help celebrate the creative process­es of these students from Duy Tan here.”

From food and beverage brand proposals to stamp designs and comic strips, the projects on dis­play gave the audience a treat and the students insight on different ar­tistic inspirations.

“I’m so proud of this ex­hibition because it really puts our students in touch with their peers at Duy Tan University.” Dr. John Klingemann, college of arts and humanities dean, said. “These stu­dents each have their own unique approach to artistic expression and I believe that in sharing our unique perspectives, we prepare students for the transition into the working world.”

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