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Fringe Festival 2002 Makes Waves At U.Va.’s Celebration Of Film

October 3, 2002-- The Fringe Festival, an all-arts festival featuring visual arts, installations, performance art, architecture, dance, poetry, drama and music by students, faculty and visiting artists will supplement the 15th annual Virginia Film Festival.

The art-focused festival at the Frank Ix Building on Monticello Avenue and Second Street S.E. will open on Oct. 18 with an evening reception at 7 p.m. featuring Wet-inspired music, dance and theater performances at 9 p.m.

The festival is coordinated by U.Va. students from all the arts and co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival and the University of Virginia’s departments of art, music, drama, creative writing and the School of Architecture. The Fringe Festival embraces this year’s Film Festival theme, “Wet.”

Bill Bennett, chair of the art department’s studio program, said, ”The artists, performers and writers participating in the Fringe Festival have an opportunity to showcase the mythological, cultural, aesthetic, scientific and religious aspects of water through their artistic expression.”

In addition to student and faculty participation, the Fringe Festival will include a projected installation piece, “Elegy,” by New York City artists Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton. The work was made available by the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City. The installation is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia Art Museum.

Installation artist, poet, journalist, and radio and video artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena and performance artist Juan Ybarra will present a special performance, “Mexterminator: A Living Diorama,” on Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m.

Gomez-Pena is the recipient of a 1991 MacArthur Fellowship. His work focuses on cross-cultural issues and relations between the United States and Mexico.

Gomez-Pena’s event is co-sponsored by Brown College, the Latin American studies program and the Forum for Contemporary Thought.

Following Gomez-Pena’s free performance on Oct. 26, the Arts Students Society, a student organization based in the art department, will hold a festival closing party titled “Wet and Wild.” Watch Frankie and Anette and Elvis and dance to surf music. Admission to the party is $10, $5 with U.Va. I.D.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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