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Quintapata: Dominican Republic Artists Collective Richmond Center for Visual Arts

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We are pleased to share this story written by Sandra Hillring, Marketing Specialist for the Western Michigan University College of Fine Arts.

Looking for something new to do? If you love art and the road less traveled, then you will love the opening exhibit at the James W. and Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts (RCVA) tonight (September 10) at 5:30 pm.

Quintapata, a dynamic artists collective from the Dominican Republic, will be on display through November 6 in the in the RCVA s Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery on the campus of Western Michigan University.

There will also be a lecture/panel discussion about the exhibition in the RCVA s lecture hall #2008 on the same night at 5:30 pm.

This is just one of those things that makes the Kalamazoo art scene so rich in culture. The works will cover a wide range of materials and techniques, from video and photography, sculpture, woodcut prints and drawing.

Quintapata is the work of four internationally recognized artists from the Dominican Republic including Pascal Meccariello, Raquel Paiewonsky, Jorge Pineda, and Belkis Ramirez. Each artist has exhibited throughout Europe and Latin America, and will produce a series of works individually, as well as re-creating their collaborative installation first exhibited at the 55thVenice Biennale in 2013.

The writer and cultural critic Rocio Aranda-Alvarado has written about the Collective, "The work of Quintapata represents a questioning not only about the subject of art and its methodologies, but also about the very nature of art itself. The symbolic function of art, its value, its creation, these are all, in the end, the subject of the group's work."

Having it here is the stuff great arts communities are made of. Where else can you go to get all of this for free?

These are some other exhibits to currently check out.

Have you ever visited? The Richmond Center for Visual Arts is located adjacent to the Miller Auditorium parking structure at 1903 West Michigan Ave. For further information, please contact the exhibitions office at the RCVA (269.387.2455). Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10am to 6pm, Friday 10 am to 9 pm, and Saturday noon to 6 pm.

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