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Ann Arbor Art Center presents ‘Divine Beauty in Exile’

An Exhibition of Tibetan Yak Butter Sculptures

 Ann Arbor: The Ann Arbor Art Center hosts Divine Beauty in Exile - five sculptures by Sonam Dhargye on loan from The Jewel Heart Tibetan Learning Center and displayed in the Art Center’s Spotlight Gallery, 117 W. Liberty Street, 2nd floor.

The relief sculptures depict five different deities of Buddhism and are made of brightly dyed yak butter.  The sculptures, created by artist and former monk Sonam Dhargye took over 650 hours to complete.  They were created to honor the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Ann Arbor in April 2008 and were originally displayed on the stage at the University of Michigan Stadium when the Dalai Lama spoke. 

Divine Beauty in Exile is a companion show to the juried exhibition Displaced Spirit – A Visual Journey currently on display in the Art Center ’s Exhibition Gallery.  Both celebrate the indomitable, creative spirit of people who have been forced to leave their homelands. The exhibitions are currently on display at the Ann Arbor Art Center , 117 West Liberty through November 11, 2008.

The Ann Arbor Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the community in the education, exhibition and exploration of the visual arts. Founded in 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center is Michigan ’s third oldest arts organization. 

For additional information, please visit the www.annarborartcenter.org or contact Astrid Reed, Director of Programs at [email protected] of 734.994.8004 ext 114.






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