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OWU Professor to Present Holocaust Lecture, Artwork

March 23, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University today announced that Marty Kalb, Frank L. and Eva L. Packard Professor of Fine Arts, will present a lecture titled “Understanding the Holocaust Through Art: Reflections on a Career in Art and World Engagement” at 7:30 p.m. April 11 in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Sponsored by the university’s International Studies program, the event is free and open to the public.

As part of his presentation, Kalb will present a series of artwork titled “Holocaust Portraits: Victims, Perpetrators, Witnesses” — consisting of paintings, drawings, and digitally altered documentary photographs relating to the Holocaust era. The images depict atypical Nazi officials, ordinary citizens, and Jewish and non-Jewish victims from 1938 to 1946.

“As a Jew, I have a strong sense of the historic and religious sources for my moral and ethical beliefs,” says Kalb, who has been working to finalize his presentation for approximately two years. “By showing individuals involved in the Holocaust, my goal for this presentation is to lead others to acknowledge the Holocaust’s victimization of millions of people and to help today’s citizens better grasp the horror of all genocides.”

Kalb, who is retiring from Ohio Wesleyan at the end of the academic year, has been a member of the university’s fine arts department since 1967. He has exhibited his work extensively in competitive and invitational exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Kalb’s work is included in major public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.