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2009.04.28 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Student Art Exhibit Result of Volunteer Trip to India

Omaha - Art major Samara Marie traveled to Kurnol, India, last December for the Faceless International human rights campaign. While in India Marie fed and cared for individuals abused in the human trafficking industry.

But despite working in heartbreaking conditions, Marie found herself celebrating, dancing and feasting with her new-found friends.

As a result of her volunteer experience, Marie created 15 paintings, juxtaposed with a collection of found objects. Her exhibit is based on the metaphor of the mustard seed, a staple in India.

“Like the mustard seed, a tiny amount of faith produces something very mighty,” Marie said.

Marie’s works will be on display at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Sculpture Lab Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8. A reception is planned for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the UNO Sculpture Lab, located between the Weber Fine Arts Building and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

About her experience in India, Marie said: “What touched me most was the purity and joy that was found in the eyes of people who had lived through and encountered things far worse than we can imagine. Yet their eyes shine with a joy and a hope that is near impossible to find in the developed world.”

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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