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Jan. 9, 2003
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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Presents "Artists of the American West" Exhibit

Gallery tour by Amy Scott, Curator of Visual Arts, Autry Museum of Western Heritage

Carson, Calif: -
"Artists of the American West," a vivid and colorful exhibit, will be featured in the University Art Gallery, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) from Feb. 6 to March 5, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Visitors to the gallery will see depictions of those people who settled the West, trappers, traders, settlers and pony express riders, and the people who lived there long before them, the American Indian. Artists include John J. Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Charles Bird King, Karl Bodmer, George Catlin, Seth Eastman, Henry F. Farny, Frank Leslie, James Otto Lewis, Frederic Remington, and John Mix Stanley, among others. An illustrated exhibition catalogue contains 50 hand-colored lithographs and wood engravings.

This collection of prints provides a picture of the American West at a time when native cultures were beginning to feel the impact of foreign settlers. Also, it presents the artistry of many of the first artists to work west of the Mississippi. "It is an impressive demonstration of the role of the graphic artist in establishing an image of the American West," said Kathy Zimmerer, director of the University Art Gallery.

An opening reception will take place on Feb. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., and Amy Scott, curator of visual arts, Autry Museum of Western Heritage, will lead a tour of the exhibit in conjunction with the opening at 7 p.m. This exhibition is sponsored by the City of Carson Fine Arts and Historical Commission and the Instructionally Related Activities Committee of the CSUDH Associated Students, Inc. Admission to the exhibit and lecture is free.

Curated by Norman Geske, former director, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Artists of the American West tours under the auspices of ExhibitsUSA. ExhibitsUSA is a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, a non-profit regional arts organization whose partners include the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributors.

CSUDH is located in Carson at 1000 E. Victoria St., near the interchange of the Harbor and Artesia freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $2 at the yellow dispensing machines at the front of each campus parking lot.

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