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2006.08.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

New Show at UNO Art Gallery Highlights 'Art of Falun Gong'

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery and UNO physics professor Daniel Wilkins will present artwork created by Chinese Falun Gong practitioners in a show titled "Toward Spiritual Freedom: The Art of Falun Gong."  The show opens Friday, Aug. 25.

"Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" explores the practice of Falun Gong—an ancient Chinese tradition of meditation and self-improvement—and the ban and oppression of its practice in China.  Wilkins has practiced Falun Gong and been interested in its role in China since 2001.

The 17 featured artworks—paintings and pastel images--focus on personal courage and the cruelty and persecution that Falun Gong practitioners have faced in the People's Republic of China.  The artwork illustrates the inhumanity of religious persecution, while at the same time portraying the extraordinary power of people and belief, said Colleen Heavican, UNO Art Gallery director.  Some of the artwork focuses on torture and is visually arresting and disturbing at the same time, Wilkins said.

An opening reception for "Truth, Compassion, Tolerance" will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The show runs through Sept. 3.

The UNO Art Gallery is located at the north end of the Weber Fine Arts Building on the first floor, on UNO's North Campus, 60th and Dodge streets.  The exhibition is free, handicapped accessible and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from  2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 554-2796.

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