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(08.5-17.5.2012, 8:00-16:00, Fine Arts Dept, Mt. Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, )

 

 

 

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A WORLD OF TALENT EXHIBITS AT BEZALEL

Forty exchange students from 13 countries, including two Fulbright Fellows from the US, will exhibit the artwork they created over the past year at Bezalel in the Academy’s Fine Art Department until May 17, 2012

An exhibition of some of the most talented art and design students from around the world opened at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem. The art and design works exhibited were created by students from Germany, Czech Republic, Canada, Austria, the US, Korea, Finland, and many more – and included two Fellows of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship program.

Bezalel Academy, Israel’s leading academy of art and design, receives more than 100 international students per year from throughout the world and sends as many of their own on student exchange to art and design academies internationally.

The Academy has a reputation world-wide for being one of the most admired and respected art and design academies in the world, a fact that is echoed by some of the students who have spent the past year affiliated with Bezalel during their studies.

“I knew Bezalel had a reputation as a serious, forward-thinking art school that produced accomplished artists,” said Abraham Storer, 30, one of the two Fulbright Fellows who has worked with Bezalel since the start of his fellowship (focus on painting) in September.

“I had seen some shows in New York of people who went to school at Bezalel and I remember reading a bit about it in the book, Art School: Propositions for the 21st Century. Also, it was recommended to me and I was looking for a place in Jerusalem with which to be affiliated while I was here.”

Bezalel’s exchange program is led by Liv Sperber, director of International Affairs and Resource Development, under whose supervision the program has grown and flourished, securing Bezalel a place in the international art arena, and blazing the way forward with regards to the internationalization of the Academy.

“The culmination of our international exchange program is always a highlight of our academic year,” Sperber said. “It has been wonderful to host such a diverse, talented group of artists.  Seeing the creative and innovative work that our international students have produced during their time at Bezalel and in Israel is extremely rewarding.

“A tremendous amount of talent is revealed at the exhibition from across the globe, but the most exciting part for us is bringing these students together with their Israeli counterparts and exposing both sides to the many different cultures and artistic influences that can be found internationally,” she said.

Bezalel is dedicated to maintaining an open environment in which creativity can thrive and individuals can be exposed to a world of art, design and international inspiration. The Academy’s exchange program is an essential element of this.

“We are particularly excited to have had Abraham Storer and Michael Kahn, the two Fulbright Fellows, among our international students this year,” Sperber added.

The US Government’s Fulbright Program is one of the world’s most prestigious and widely known academic exchange programs. The main goal of the Fulbright Program, initiated in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, is to reinforce the basis for peace by strengthening mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of partner countries around the world. Student and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence are the principal means employed by the Fulbright Program to achieve this goal.

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), established by the Governments of the United States and Israel in 1956, is responsible for the administration of Israel’s participation in the Fulbright Program.

“It has been an honor to be a Fulbright Fellow affiliated to Bezalel,” said Storer. “This has been an invaluable time to focus solely on my artwork and have the ability to travel and experience a new country. The experience of being in a new place, meeting interesting people and focusing on my artwork without the distraction of a ‘day job’ has helped me to grow.

“Bezalel has exposed me to a more creative segment of the population. I didn’t meet many artists when I first came here, so working at Bezalel has really helped me to see the creative part of Israel.I have opened myself to a lot of experiences by living and working in Israel, and I am sure the experience will continue to affect my artwork for some time to come,” he said.

EXHIBITION DETAILS

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENT EXHIBITION FEATURING
TWO FULBRIGHT FELLOWS FROM THE US AND
40 EXCHANGE STUDENTS FROM 13 COUNTRIES INCLUDING
FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, US, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, CANADA, FINLAND, KOREA, AUSTRIA, HOLLAND, DENMARK, ITALY, UK (LITHUANIA)

DATES: TUESDAY MAY 7 – THURSDAY MAY 17, 2012
OPENING HOURS: SUNDAY – THURSDAY FROM 8AM – 4PM

VENUE: FINE ARTS GALLERY ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF BEZALEL’S MOUNT SCOPUS CAMPUS

CAPTIONS FOR PHOTOS

IMG_2305 – Group photo (Back row L-R): Abraham Storer (Fulbright, USA), Michael Kahn (Fulbright, USA), Ales Novak (exchange, Czech Republic), Diane Augier (exchange, France), Michal Pustejovsky (exchange, Czech Republic), Annegret Kubiak (exchange, Germany), Marlet Heckhoff (exchange, Germany), Dovile Bertulyte (exchange, Lithuania), Alexander Gross (ArtJerusalem, USA), Rose Gluck (ArtJerusalem, USA), Sophie Reinisch (exchange, Germany), Sara Rosenthal (ArtJerusalem, USA), Stanislav Setinsky (exchange Czech Republic), Jumana Emil Abboud (curator)
(Front row L-R): Jennifer Avery (Exchange Programs Coordinator), Beverly Bamberger (ArtJerusalem, Switzerland), Ezra Benus (ArtJerusalem, USA), Meghan Harder (ArtJerusalem, Canada), YuJung Lim (exchange, Korea), Tereza Kladosova (exchange, Czech Republic), Veronika Danhelova (exchange, Czech Republic), Kristen Vetter (ArtJerusalem, USA), Cheryl Casden (exchange, USA), Adina Eizikovitz (ArtJerusalem, USA), Anja Meyer (exchange, Germany)

IMG_2262 – Fulbright Fellow Michael Kahn with his work.
IMG_2266 – Fulbright Fellow Abraham Storer with his paintings
IMG_2284 – Aapo Huhta (exchange, Finland) with ArtJerusalem participants Karima El-Khatib (USA) and Daniella Salamon (Sweden)
IMG_2286 – Fulbright Fellows Michael Kahn and Abraham Storer at the exhibition
IMG_2307 – Artists Anja Meyer (exchange, Germany) and YuJung Lim (exchange, Korea)

To interview any of the international students or for further information about Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem, please contact: Darryl Egnal at Koteret Group, Tel Aviv on 054 884 5237/ darryl_e@koteret.com