International Art Exchange Opens

(Bradenton, Fla., June 1, 2009) - Manatee Community College (MCC) and Sarasota Sister Cities will celebrate the opening of the seventh annual international digital art exchange with a reception at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 18, in the library, building 300, at MCC Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail. The opening of the permanent display of graphics and fine art by students from Xiamen University in Fujian, China, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The 2009 exhibit is the result of an Internet and digital exchange of artwork by MCC and Chinese students, accomplished with technical help and expertise of art directors and faculty at both schools. MCC Assistant Professor Drew Webster, who is co-manager of the Studio Art Program, and Zhenxi Mi of Xiamen University coordinated the exchange. Joe Loccisano, MCC's art gallery manager, designed the arrangement of the artwork that becomes part of both schools' permanent collections.

Prior international artwork exchanges sponsored by MCC and Sarasota Sister Cities were conducted with schools in Israel, Canada, France, Russia, Scotland and Italy.  Recognized for their efforts in the 2009 exchange include MCC faculty and administrators: MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner; Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, MCC Venice provost; Edward Camp, chair, fine and performing arts and Tracy Elliott, director of library services.

For more information, call Loccisano at (941) 752-5225. Maps and directions are online at

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