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2007.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Fitzgerald- University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3536 - e-mail: tfitzgerald@mail.unomaha.edu

ignorance Artwork on HPV Awareness at the UNO Art Gallery

Omaha - ignorance, artwork focusing on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness, will be on display at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Art Gallery April 20 through May 4. ignorance is UNO student Molly Connolly's personal response to having HPV and the lack of knowledge on this life-changing, sometimes deadly, virus. ignorance was designed to inform the public and allow her to share her experience with others. Connolly states that "ignorance became not only an identity for cervical cancer and HPV, but also a release on my personal vendetta with having HPV."

As a UNO B.F.A. thesis candidate, ignorance is the culminating thesis project toward Connolly's degree. She combines the two elements of art and public awareness through graphic design and product development.

Since graphic design is a part of many people's daily experiences, this art form becomes a powerful and efficient way to avert others from HPV ignorance. The work incorporates strong visual communication and playful puns, while remaining informative. The products designed by Connolly - such as coasters, T-shirts and lighters - are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit women's cancer and gynecological research.

Connolly is one of six artists featured in the Spring 2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition at the UNO Art Gallery. The exhibition will open Friday, April 20, and run through Friday, May 4. An opening reception will be held April 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The UNO Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building. The exhibitions are 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 Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (402) 689-0157.

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