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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 26, 2010

Hong Kong native's jewelry, metalwork is focus of new exhibit

Kee-Ho Yuen artwork
Kee-Ho Yuen artwork

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Eastern and Western philosophies will converge in a new exhibit filling the Olive DeLuce Gallery during the month of March.

The exhibit, opening Monday (March 1), will feature the jewelry and metalwork of Kee-Ho Yuen, an associate professor of art at the University of Iowa. Yuen will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday in Room 244 of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building, and a reception will follow.

Yuen received his bachelor of arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his masters of fine arts from the University of Iowa.

Having grown up in Hong Kong before continuing his academics in the United States, Yuen's work is inspired by his experiences. He utilizes the aesthetic sensibilities of Eastern and Western societies to juxtapose disparate cultural elements in an effort to create works of visual poetry that comment on the interconnectedness of divergent cultures.

The exhibit will feature a variety of traditional jewelry pieces, along with non-traditional wall art, sculptures and tea pots.

"We talk about globalization and internationalization, and this gives us an opportunity to experience and deal with an artist who has international appeal," said Glenn Williams, assistant professor of art-sculpture at Northwest. "We're being exposed to something that's not traditional and something from the Western culture."

Yuen has exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions at various venues including Goldsmith Hall in London; Pionine Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul Art Center in Seoul, Korea; Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, Germany; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle.

The exhibit ends March 19. The Olive DeLuce Gallery is open 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468