Programs to Showcase Internationally Known Artist

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Pepón Osorio, respected around the world for creating large-scale installations that promote social awareness, will be featured in a pair of programs this week at Columbus State University.

Serving this spring as CSU's 2009 Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar in Latin American Studies, Osorio will discuss his work in a presentation at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 in the International House at Clearview Circle and University Avenue.

On the following evening — 5 p.m. Friday — Osorio will appear for a reception at the Corn Center for Visual Arts on CSU's RiverPark campus at 6 West 10th St. in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter parking garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center's Front Street entrance.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Born in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based Osorio's work is influenced in part by his experiences as a social worker in the Bronx and was recently featured on the PBS series ART 21. His work has been shown in venues such as theWhitney Museum of American Art and El Museo del Barrio — both in New York City — and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.

As a visiting scholar at CSU, he is teaching the course 'Art and the Community' to upper-level art students. Their class project, titled Story of Homes, involves students working in pairs with a 'host home' in the local community over a seven-week period. The students are meeting weekly with their hosts to discuss ideas, backgrounds, and the development of the artwork they are creating. This dialogue is designed to direct the artwork and help all participants recognize similarities among cultural groups in Columbus. The project will conclude with the artwork displayed in the individual host homes and all participants, with Osorio, will visit each of the homes to discuss each project.

Osorio's CSU appointment is coordinated the Center for International Education, in cooperation with the Department of Art. For more information, call 706-507-8300.