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Polish prints on exhibit through May 8 at Atrium (Released: 4/23/97)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Prints by Stanislaw Wejman and Anna Sobol-Wejman will be on display through May 8 at the University of Connecticut's Atrium Gallery.

The artists from Krakow, Poland, have been in residency at UConn since the beginning of April. The prints in the exhibit represent the past 10 years of their work from the graphics studio at Ulica Humberta (Humbert Street).

In 1984, Wejman, a printmaker, painter and professor of art at the Akademia Sztuk Pieknych Krakowie (Art Academy of Krakow) came to UConn for a year as a sabbatical replacement teacher in graphic design. His wife, Anna, an artist, gallery director and curator, joined him. They brought with them a rich selection of contemporary graphics from the region.

Wejman, former dean of the Academy's graphics department, is a multi-talented artist who is internationally known. He works primarily in the intaglio medium.

Through the efforts of the Wejmans, UConn and the Art Academy of Krakow have established a close and continuing relationship.

Sobol-Wejman has established herself as a force and influence in contemporary Polish art and in international exhibitions and competitions. She works in lithographic and intaglio mediums.

Sobol-Wejman was curator and artistic director of the Teatr Stu Gallery. The Teatr brought provocative and controversial exhibits to the Krakow and Polish community in the face of a government engaged in aggressive censorship. During this period she initiated a program of what was called "Duzo Obraz" (big painting). Huge portable murals painted by Polish and international artists were exhibited on the street in front of the Teatr Stu. UConn faculty have also participated in the program.

The Atrium Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.