Art exhibition explores spirituality from a range of perspectives Jan. 11 through Feb. 8 at the Alfred Berkowitz Gallery

January 9, 2008

DEARBORN / Jan. 9, 2008---The University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Interfaith Partners of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion will present an art exhibition called “Reflections of the Spirit” Jan. 11 through Feb. 8 at the university’s Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, located on the third floor of the campus’s Mardigian Library.

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will feature a number of works by artists from diverse religious backgrounds exploring spirituality from a range of challenging perspectives.

The show is organized by two Michigan artists, painter Nancy Thayer, who has exhibited works around the world, and Becky Hart, associate curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

“We were looking for a contemporary art statement that was influenced by the individual artist’s own spiritual path, perhaps based on religion, or lack thereof, but from a diverse perspective,” said Thayer, who also is a board member of the Interfaith Partners.  “We were looking for art of a very high quality.  This is museum-quality work.”

Thayer hopes the exhibition will transcend specific religious definitions to speak in a more universal language, yet still transmit spiritual intention.

“We looked for work that is not dependent on traditional icons that would reflect any particular religion,” Thayer said.  “Instead, we have focused on artists who give us a visual pathway to their sense of divine, an individual impression of their own spirituality.”

A reception for the artists will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the gallery.

The Alfred Berkowitz Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  For more information, call 313-593-3592.

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