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Daimler Chrysler Treats Students to "On the Edge: Contemporary art from the Daimler Chrysler Collection"

Monday, December 01, 2003

Visit Includes Presentation by Artsit Gilda Snowden, Exhibition Visit and Lunch

Dec. 1, 2003 (Detroit)— Thousands of metro-Detroit high school students will have the opportunity to see some of the best contemporary art from around the world, thanks to the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund (DCC Fund). The fund is sponsoring field trips to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), where students will view the exhibition On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection. The exhibition showcases more than 100 works that cover important art movements from the 1950s through today, such as minimalism, abstraction and conceptual art.

The visits also include a slide-illustrated presentation by Detroit artist Gilda Snowden, as well as a box lunch. More than 25 schools from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties will tour the exhibition. Tours began Nov. 19, 2003 and end Jan. 16, 2004.

“Not only is the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund sponsoring this outstanding exhibition, but their generosity has also made is possible for thousands of students to experience this incredible art,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “As an added plus, Gilda Snowden, my co-narrator on the audio tour, introduces students to several of the works in On the Edge and helps them understand some of the thinking behind contemporary art.”

The DCC Fund is strongly committed to arts education for young people. They believe that local artists such as Snowden help students understand art and help them see the relevance it has in their daily lives, as well as the possibilities art affords.

“One of the goals of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund is to help improve the quality of life for citizens in the communities where Chrysler Group conducts business,” said Frank Fountain, Chrysler Group senior vice president, government affairs and president of the DCC Fund. “This exhibition enriches the cultural offerings in the community and provides an opportunity to further dialogue between students, communities and countries.”

Snowden is a Detroit-based painter and sculptor whose work is widely exhibited and collected. She is also a professor of fine arts at College for Creative Studies and conducts workshops and seminars for middle and high school students. Prior to their exhibition visit, Snowden talks to the students about the art in On the Edge, as well as about her experience as an artist.

The feedback to date has been very positive. “The students have been listening attentively to my lectures,” says Snowden. “The teachers, though, are really appreciative for any and all information. Many have told me that the lectures are an invaluable addition to the information that they give the students before the trips and are an excellent preparation for the exhibition visit.”

DaimlerChrysler Corporation and DCC Fund are long-time supporters of the DIA, having sponsored several of the museum’s most successful exhibitions, including Splendors of Ancient Egypt, Angels from the Vatican, Van Gogh: Face to Face and Degas and the Dance. Now in its 50th year, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund is the primary source of charitable grants made by DaimlerChrysler Corporation. The fund annually supports hundreds of charitable organizations with an emphasis on community growth, arts and education in the United States and increasingly throughout the world.

Media are invited to attend Snowden’s presentation and to accompany students on their visit to the exhibition on Friday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Pam Marcil at 313-833-7899 or at pmarcil@dia.org if you are interested.

On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection has been organized by the DaimlerChrysler Collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts and is made possible by a generous grant from the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the City of Detroit. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in the University Cultural Center. Museum hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.