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    The Idea of Asylum Explored in Duquesne Art Exhibit

    Visual artist Andrew Hairstans will open his exhibit, A Model for Asylum,  at Duquesne University with a presentation on Tuesday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Union's Africa Room.

    A Model for Asylum will be on exhibit in the Les Idees Gallery on campus through April 12, and Hairstans will be in residence at Duquesne the week of March 24. During this time, he will meet with various student groups, including those in the art history program.

    Hairstans' work investigates the concept of asylum and how, with connotations that are both positive and negative, asylum becomes a context for thinking about life and death, public and private, body and built environment, development and devolution. He exhibits nationally and regionally, and his work has been published several times in New American Paintings and Studio Visit. Hairstans is an associate professor of fine arts at Auburn University at Montgomery.

    The residency and exhibit are sponsored by the art history program and the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, and are free and open to the public.

    More information is available by contacting Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, assistant professor and director of the art history program, at 412.396.2352.

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