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Sol LeWitt Wall Drawing to Come to Eastern's Akus Gallery

Written by Allison Kelly

Willimantic, CT. - Eastern Connecticut State University will introduce the Sol LeWitt mural, "Wall Drawing 978," at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 9 in the Julian Akus Gallery. The gallery is located in Shafer Hall, at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The reception formally opens the exhibition, "Taking Shape:  Selections from the Collection of Eastern Connecticut State University," which runs from March 19 through May 7, and will include "Shape Up!", an interactive area for preschool children.

            "Wall Drawing 978" will make its U.S. debut at Eastern; it was first installed in June 2001 in the Academie de France à Rome in the Villa Medici in Rome. A conceptual piece for which a simple diagram was drawn, the mural will come to life at the gallery when one of LeWitt's trained assistants creates it to specifications from The LeWitt Estate. 

From March 30 through April 3, during which time the gallery will be open to the public, Jesse Good, LeWitt assistant, and four Eastern Visual Arts students - Christina Ciacci, Hanna Shea, Patrick Donahue and Katherine Riotte - will paint the acrylic mural of a vibrant blue pyramid on a field of red.  This work is on loan to Eastern courtesy of the Estate of Sol LeWitt.

            Also included in "Taking Shape" are selections from Eastern's permanent collection including screenprints by Ilya Bolotowsky and Manuel Facal; ceramic macquettes by Dorothy Mayhall; and the Sol LeWitt, "Pyramid #5," 1986, a sculpture gifted by the artist to Eastern in 1993.

            The Akus Gallery collaborated with Eastern's Child and Family Development Resource Center to present "Shape Up!," a fun corner for the preschool set.  Children ages 2 to 5 find and identify shapes and colors in the exhibition and create geometric designs.  Please call the gallery for more information or to schedule school group visits.

The Julian Akus Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday; and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The gallery is closed Mondays and Fridays; Special open hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 30 and Friday, April 3 during the execution of the LeWitt mural.  Parking is available on both cross streets.  The gallery is fully accessible.  For more information regarding this and other exhibitions at Akus Gallery, please call the Akus Gallery at (860) 465-4659 or visit the web site:


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