Fall Arts Celebration: Mystic India, Land of Color and Tradition: Folk Art and Miniature Paintings from Grand Valley State University

Monday, October 5 to Friday, October 30, 2009
India is the second most populous country in the world with over one billion people. It has successfully managed to preserve their culture and traditions through a myiad of invading foreign influences, including central Asia and various European countries. More than 60 pieces of Indain art were on exhibit in the GVSU Art Gallery, including minature court life painting, sculptures of major deities, multicolored folk art, and intricate inlaid marble works. The exhibition focused on the stories and legends reflecting India's diverse cultures, as told through her many traditional art forms.

The artwork shown in Mystic India was a selection from the university's collections acquired during the course of two visits with members of the GVSU Friends of Art. Their travels took them from Dehli to Agra, through the desert state of Rajasthan. Along the journey, they sought local art forms in paining, sculpture, carving, and other crafts.