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Schnormeier Gallery Presents 'Bird Closet'

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery is proud to exhibit “Bird Closet,” a collective of teenage artists developed from “SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing,” which is an ongoing socially engaged artwork in Bethel, Ohio, founded by artists Francesca Fiore and MVNU alumna, Hillary Wagner.

This exhibit will open Aug. 27 and is open to the public through Sept. 28. The exhibit is distinguished by its playful, prankish nature, employing varied processes and media including collage, billboards, bird masks, and alter egos. There will be an artist reception on Sept. 7, from 6-8 p.m.

The artists featured in “Bird Closet” pursue social projects that use history as a medium to create an alternate universe for their community to reimagine their present and create a new future. Schnormeier Gallery is thrilled to share these works and discoveries with MVNU and the local community. This exhibit and all gallery events are free and open to the public.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 32 states and 19 countries/U.S. territories.