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Traveling Dalai Lama Exhibit Coming to Chicago

Loyola University Museum of Art Honored as One of Only Three U.S. Exhibitors

CHICAGO, April 11, 2006 — The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) has been selected as one of three United States museums to showcase the traveling exhibit, The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. Set to debut October 28, 2006, the exhibition will run through January 15, 2007.

Organized by The Committee of 100 for Tibet (C100) and The Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF), the exhibition features the work of 77 international artists representing 21 countries. These celebrated and emerging artists have executed works of art based on His Holiness and the themes of compassion, harmony, unity in all things and spirituality through traditional art disciplines, electronic media and performance. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photography, installations and videos. In addition to LUMA, the exhibit will also travel to the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (June 11-September 10, 2006) and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (March 2-September 4, 2007).

"No thoughtful individual would deny that in our volatile world, achieving peace, both politically and personally, is challenging, but of the utmost importance," said Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs, LUMA. "In this exhibition, the visual artists come together and use their creativity to call attention to how all of us can do more to incorporate tolerance, compassion and understanding in our daily lives. Many of the works suggest that we stop, step back, breathe in and contemplate what is important in life's cycle of living and dying."

Artists such as Bill Viola, Mike and Doug Starn, Sylvie Fleury, El Anatsui, Chuck Close and a number of others are part of the exhibition. All of the works have been donated by the artists and will be auctioned to raise funds for the peace initiatives of the DLF and the C100. The Dalai Lama, who has met with The Missing Peace organizers on several occasions, supports the project and will be lending a work of art from his personal collection. As the Chicago host, LUMA will be organizing a number of educational programs coinciding with the exhibit, as well as a gala opening on October 26, at which the Compassion In Action Award will be presented to a Chicago resident who has worked with motivation and compassionate concern for the well-being of others, world peace, ecology and global responsibility.

About the Exhibition Organizers 
The Committee of 100 for Tibet (C100), founded in 1992, is comprised of one hundred thinkers, innovators, leaders and Nobel Prize laureates from around the world. C100 runs two major programs, The Missing Peace and the Self-Determination Initiative, which focuses on the Tibetan peoples' right to self-determination. www.c100tibet.org

The Dalai Lama Foundation (DLF), founded in 2002, supports the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace. The DLF runs three initiatives: a free study guide and study circles on ethics and peace based on The Dalai Lama's book, Ethics for a New Millennium, online courses on ethics and peace topics and curricula for The Missing Peacewww.dalailamafoundation.org.

About LUMA
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, LUMA reflects the University’s Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.

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