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Media Advisory: UIS to kick off celebration of artist Preston Jackson's work

September 8, 2006

What:  Kick off of the progressive celebration of the citywide exhibit of work by renowned Illinois artist Preston Jackson 

When:  Begins at 4 p.m., Saturday, September 9 

Where:  On the UIS Quad, near the Colonnade 

Details:  At 4:30 p.m. a short program will be held in front of Jackson's sculpture "Travels of My Seven Sisters."  The program will feature welcoming remarks by UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, a poem specially written for the occasion by UIS English Professor Marcellus Leonard, and the reading of a proclamation by a representative from Mayor Tim Davlin's office proclaiming September 9 Preston Jackson Day in Springfield. Jackson will be in attendance and will speak briefly. 

The occasion will also mark the opening of an exhibit of Jackson's bronze figurative works in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. 

UIS is one of four major art venues in Springfield that are taking part in Bearing Witness: The Art of Preston Jackson, which begins with the progressive celebration on Saturday and ends October 28. Other venues are the Illinois State Museum, Springfield Art Association, and Prairie Art Alliance.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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