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An “Art-Cool” summer at the ASU Art Museum: The Annual Family Exhibition


Andy Villarreal American Don't Ever Make Johnny Mad, 1983 gouache and ink on paper, 32-3/4" x 45-3/4" Collection of the ASU Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy H Turk 1986.111.000


Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

April 24, 2008

Who
The ASU Art Museum will be hosting

What
the 9th annual family-oriented exhibition, Exploring Dreams: Images from the Permanent Collection from May 17 to August 30. You are invited to step into the ASU Art Museum for an engaging, “art–cool” summer for 2008.

Throughout history, dreams have inspired artists to capture their spirit and bring the imaginary to life. Exploring Dreams presents artwork that echoes the dreamlike, surreal images encountered in the depths of sleep and in the shades of waking. The exhibition examines the concepts and science of dreams: what dreams are and their purpose and meanings. To further enhance viewer’s experience during the visit, hands-on and informational activities at the gallery are specially designed to encourage visitors to explore their own dreams through images and text.

The annual Family Exhibition at the ASU Art Museum is part of the museum’s InterLab initiative that presents projects that involve collaboration with multiple disciplines, infusing a multi-level appreciation of the artwork, enriching the viewing experience and demonstrating the relevance of art to people’s lives.

This summer’s dream-inspired theme is also highlighted by this year’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 12, 2008, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Family Fun Day celebrates rich arts and cultural environments in local communities and encourages increasing community engagements for valley families year round. Free to the pubic, this year’s Family Fun Day provides hands-on activities, such as making dream-catcher and other dream-inspired arts and craft; it also entertains families and visitors with dance, music and theatrical performances suitable for all ages. CONDER Dance, AZ Opera in a Box and other local groups and volunteers will showcase their best performances throughout the day, spreading all the fun and joy across gallery spaces.

Channel Eight, Arizona PBS (KAET), will also bring one of their favorite characters for photos with children. Children are also offered opportunity to participate in a children’s KAET led workshop.

The Annual Family Exhibition— Exploring Dreams: Images from the Permanent Collection is made possible in part through an investment by IKEA, Changing Hands Bookstore, the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, and the Friends of the ASU Art Museum.

The ASU Art Museum, named "the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona" by Art in America magazine is part of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Nelson Fine Arts Center hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. To learn more about the museum and its programs call 480-965-2787 or visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu .

Where
ASU Art Museum
Nelson Fine Arts Center
Southeast corner of 10th Street and Mill Avenue
ASU Tempe campus

When
May 17 to August 30

Cost
FREE admission
FREE parking in ASU Art Museum-marked spaces

Public Contact
Wendy Craft 
Media Relations
480.965.0478
wendy.craft@asu.edu

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America, is part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. The museum is located on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and 10th Street in Tempe and admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays (during the academic year), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. To learn more about the museum, call 480.965.2787 or visitasuartmuseum.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Wendy Craft 
Media Relations
480.965.0478
wendy.craft@asu.edu