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A special student exhibition of art continues through May 4 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus’ Annex Gallery.

Li-Hsuan Hsu, assistant professor of art education, said the works were created by students studying a variety of majors from business to nursing as part of a University Studies Program Quest 2 class and that an exhibit is considered “very unique” for students in Quest 2.

“For most students, this is the first time participating in and installing an exhibition,” Hsu said, adding that the artist’s efforts should be valued and honored.  “This is a group of students who are willing to take risks in art making and expand their talents in the arts; they have also been individually responsible and collectively successful as a class in this journey.”

The course focused on the interconnection of arts and leadership by examining artistic creations from diverse cultures and creating artistic expression for personal strengths and leadership qualities. Students in the course develop positive attitudes and ethical reasoning toward cultural diversity through learning in the arts.

The goal of the course is to expand students’ diverse ideas about world cultures, encourage self-discovery as well as self-awareness and transform the understanding into effective leadership qualities. The projects completed by students use the interdisciplinary connections of arts, leadership and sustainability, with a goal to sustain students’ growth in their campus life and professional careers.

The title of the exhibition, Creating a Sustainable Future through Art and Leadership, was voted on by the students. Each student painted one letter and made the title a piece of collective artwork displayed in the gallery. The exhibit was supported by a research grant from UWO’s Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations.

The Annex is located on the second floor of the Arts and Communication Center, Room N204.

Gallery hours are 10:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; with additional hours from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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