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From Within the Mist...Taiwan Emerges

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An international art exhibit featuring the work of some of Taiwan’s most talented contemporary artists, Taiwan: From within the Mist, will be on exhibit at the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center from May 18 until August 19, 2007. Sioux Falls is one of three North American cities featured in this exclusive exhibition with Indianapolis and Vancouver being the other locations.

In 2006 the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science established a relationship with representatives from Taiwan’s Council of Cultural Affairs in Taipei. The goal was to prepare for a special international art exhibition intended to draw people from both the Midwest region and across the country. “We feel that this exhibition will directly add to the number of visitors to Sioux Falls and the state,” says David Merhib, Director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion.

According to organizer Charles Liu, “This exhibition will feature artwork from some of Taiwan’s most notable contemporary artists.” Art work will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography and video. The exhibition will encompass all six galleries within the Visual Arts Center. Liu adds, “Each gallery will challenge the viewer into looking at art in a whole new light while experiencing new and innovative ways of creating art. The exhibition will be a visual feast of color and creativity that will appeal to young and old alike.”

In preparation of this exhibition, delegates from the Taipei Economic and Culture Office visited Sioux Falls last summer.  Representatives of the Washington Pavilion accompanied the delegates to the Pavilion, the National Music Museum in Vermillion, the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, Falls Park, and on a tour across the state that featured Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and other points of interest.

This exhibition is made possible by the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, NY and is organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. Holiday Inn City Centre, located downtown Sioux Falls, will serve as the official sponsoring hotel for this exhibit.  Additional promotional support is provided by the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A public reception will be held on Friday, June 15 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.


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