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OWU's Kalb Presents Holocaust Art Exhibit for Sinclair Remembrance

April 16, 2003

[ Marty Kalb Artwork ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Through art, an Ohio Wesleyan University professor hopes he can help viewers confront the prejudice in their lives. Marty J. Kalb, Frank L. & Eva L. Packard Professor of Fine Arts, will exhibit more than 50 pieces of his artwork through May 9 as part of the Sinclair Community College Holocaust Remembrance 2003.

"I want the viewer to be faced with an aesthetic experience that forces a powerful emotional reaction that ultimately results in strengthening that individual's moral commitment to confront and reject prejudice in whatever form it takes," Kalb said.

All of Kalb's work is based on actual documentary materials or photographs he has taken. Through both historical sources and site photographs, he creates drawings, paintings and constructions that focus on the factual and emotional tragedy of the Holocaust.

"Using traditional materials and mixed media I combine clear factual reality with abstraction. My artwork focuses the aesthetic and/or spiritual experience of the viewer back to the specifics of the Holocaust," Kalb continued. "I hope this art will honor the memory of those persons who were both victims and heroes."

Kalb joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 1967 after graduating with a masters of arts from the University of California at Berkeley. His paintings and drawings are included in more than a dozen major museums throughout the U.S. and abroad.

For more information on the exhibit, which is free and open to the public, contact Sinclair's Holocaust Remembrance Chairperson, Julie Orenstein, at 937-512-2319, or go to the Sinclair Community College Web site.