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RU Represented at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival

Darkness by Shaun C. Whiteside

Darkness by Shaun C. Whiteside (courtesy of the artist)

Tokyo, Japan: The National Art Center's 17th Japan Media Arts Festival this February will feature work by the New Artist Unit, which includes Radford University alumni Sidra Kaluszka and Shaun C. Whiteside. Kaluzska and Whiteside are among 25 Japanese, European and United States artists invited to exhibit with the group.

Their work was recently introduced to Tokyo ceramic artist and New Artist Unit member Akiko Tanaka, who invited them to participate in the exhibit. Kaluszka will be exhibiting a porcelain vase and Whiteside will be exhibiting a large-scale (7'6” by 4'7”) ink drawing on paper.

Kaluszka graduated in 2010 with a double Master of Fine Arts from RU, where she was mentored by internationally renowned watercolorist Z.L. Feng, and earned the 2010-2011 Best Creative Thesis Award. In 2007 she received her BFA from Virginia Tech, where she studied with nationally known ceramicist David Crane. 

Whiteside graduated with a BA from Christopher Newport University’s art department in 2007, and received an MFA from RU in 2011, where he studied under Dr. Halide Salam. He is currently an adjunct instructor at RU.

My Fair Lady by Sidra Kaluszka

My Fair Lady by Sidra Kaluszka (courtesy of the artist)


The National Art Center in Tokyo is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility. Instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The center also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the art library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.

The National Art Center is located at 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan 106-8558. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday–Monday. For more information, visit http://www.nact.jp/english/index.html.

From the National Art Center

Feb 10, 2014

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