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10/25/2004 Multimedia art on exhibit at Linfield

A multimedia art exhibit examining the abundance of information in today’s society will be shown at the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.

"Sifting: New Media Works," an exhibit by Jiayi Ling and Shih-Wen Yang, will be on display Nov. 3-24 in the Fine Art Gallery. An opening reception and lecture by Ling will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The installation will incorporate video projection, mixed media painting, text and sound to present an environment that questions the essence of information influx in the world today. Artwork by the husband and wife team of Ling and Yang, both with backgrounds in physics, is also influenced by science, according to Catherine Ellender, Linfield gallery director.

"Exposure to their cutting edge modern media gives artists and art-lovers insight into modern multimedia techniques, a growing trend in the art world," Ellender said.

Ling, an assistant professor at American River College in Sacramento, Calif., has presented lectures and served on panel discussions about the arts in China, Canada, Taiwan and the United States. Her artwork has been exhibited around the world - from the Marnay Art Center in France to the Phoenix Gallery in New York to the traveling exhibit of the Annual International Exhibition of Tsai-Mo art, which was shown in four countries. Ling earned an M.F.A. in multimedia and painting at Washington State University, shortly after completing an M.S. in atomic physics from Kansas State University.

Yang, a physics professor at American River College, has a bachelor’s in physics and education from National Taiwan Normal University and a Ph.D. in high energy physics from Kansas State University.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery from 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center and turn right into the first parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2804.