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“The Impossible Journey” by MSSU Department of Art & Design Students and Staff
December 13, 2021 - January 12, 2022
The Impossible Journey by MSSU Department of Art & Design Students and Staff
December 13, 2021–January 12, 2022
At Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery (3950 E Newman Rd)
After two different trips to Japan were cancelled due to the pandemic, Missouri Southern State University art students and faculty eventually traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles to study historical and contemporary Japanese art and crafts. Japan has a singular fine craft history dating back to 10,000 B.C., which can be classified into seven major types: textiles, pottery and ceramics, lacquerware, metalworking, doll-making, woodworking, and papermaking. Many of the original techniques came to Japan from elsewhere (especially China and Korea) but then evolved and were refined in Japan in such a way that the altered techniques went on to have great influence over other cultures. The objects created for this exhibition are a response to these enduring traditions and a reminder that Japan’s influence is still ongoing. This event is part of MSSU’s Japan Themed Semester. Free and open to the public. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, email@example.com, 417.625.9563.