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2012.11.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Internationally-Known Illustrator to Visit Campus Nov. 13

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome internationally-recognized artist and illustrator Hanoch Piven to campus on Tuesday, Nov. 13 for a special lecture.

The lecture, which is part of a weeklong series of events in the Omaha area featuring Piven, will be held at 6 p.m. in Roskens Hall 412, also known as the College of Education IDEAS Room.

The works of Piven, who was born and raised in Israel, have appeared across the word in publications such as Time, Newsweek and Rolling Stone, as well European publications like the London Times and Swiss Die WeltWoche.

Boasting a 20-year career that also includes gallery shows, workshops and educational seminars, Piven’s American works include the popular children’s book “What Presidents are Made Of,” as well as books like “My Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil,” or “My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks.” Piven’s “What Presidents are Made Of” was named one of Time Magazine’s “10 Best Children’s Books” in 2004.

Piven’s work consists largely of using collage and use of everyday objects to create playful works of art. Additionally, educators and therapists have embraced his workshops as tools for learning and self-expression.

Piven’s visit, which runs from Nov. 11 to Nov. 17 is being coordinated by the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership, a community engagement organization created by the College of Education to promote family reading in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. During his time in Omaha, Piven will also visit the Omaha Children’s Museum, Millard Branch Library and several area elementary schools, including the Friedel Jewish Academy.

In addition to the UNO College of Education, Piven’s visit is sponsored by Carol Gendler, the Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment and Nebraska Arts Council.

For questions, please contact Susan McWilliams at smcwillians@unomaha.edu, or by phone at 402.554.3457.

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