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Art Exhibit Opens at Roanoke College

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SALEM, Va.-Roanoke College will host two artists' exhibits from December 1 to January 15 at Olin and Smoyer galleries. The displays will feature paintings by Nathaniel Hester and installation and prints by Sang-Mi Yoo. Both galleries are open daily from 1-4 p.m. For more information, please call the Olin Gallery at (540) 375-2332.

Hester obtained a Master's of Arts from Boston University. He has worked for the Kala Art Institute in Berkley, Calif. and the Manhattan Graphics Center in New York.

Hester's "Ship of Fools - Portrait of the Confederate Navy" will be displayed in Olin gallery. The opening lecture is on November 30 at 5 p.m. in Olin Gallery.

"Ship of Fools - Portrait of the Confederate Navy" is inspired by the 1862 American civil conflict. There was a 3,549-mile naval blockade from the Potomac River to the Rio Grande whose aim was to obstruct the secessionist confederation.

Hester seeks to commemorate the beauty and cruelty of this maritime battle.

Yoo has a B.F.A. in painting from Seoul National University (Korea) and obtained her M.F.A. in printmaking from Ohio State University. She has had solo exhibitions since 2001 in Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Ill. She has been an instructor of computer graphics and is presently an assistant professor in foundations and printmaking.

Yoo will present a multimedia installation "Long, Long Ago" in Smoyer Gallery. She will host a talk about her works on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Olin Hall, room 231.

According to Yoo, "Long, Long Ago" is a reflection of contemporary global homogenization of values and information. She masks the distinctions between past and present and the stereotypes of reality to criticize humdrum social beliefs. The project stimulates everyday visual culture by unusual mixed-media images of cowboys, Indians and Korean tomb mural motifs.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 1,970 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.