posted March 29, 2007

Artist to Discuss Art in Tibet and Give Reading

Sculptor and art historian Mac Gimse will give two presentations at Hope College on Tuesday and Thursday, April 10, and 12.

Gimse, who is professor emeritus of sculpture and art history at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, will present the address "Art in Tibet" on Tuesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room. He will present some of his sculptures and read some of his poetry on Thursday, April 12, at 11 a.m. in the DeWitt Center Herrick Room.

The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.

Gimse is an expert on the ways that Indian and Tibetan philosophical and religious ideas are expressed in works of art. In addition to being at St. Olaf for more than 30 years, he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Scholar in the South Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York City and in Chinese art history at the University of Maryland, and was also a Joyce Foundation Scholar to do sabbatical research on temples in India.

He is also an internationally recognized sculptor. His sculpture has been exhibited at more than 70 colleges, galleries and churches in the United States, and his work is included in collections in 11 countries around the world. Since 1989, the St. Olaf Nobel Peace Prize Forum has commissioned him to create four different sculpture/poetry presentations for six Nobel Prize Laureates; the most recent, in 2004, was "Roots and Wings," presented to Jimmy Carter, Nobel Laureate for 2002 and former U.S. president.

The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 12th Street. The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia and 11th Street.