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Sept. 21, 2009

Contact:  Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry at (419) 995-8671

Show in Stage II explores relationship between art and theatre design

Jaroslav Malina Paintings and Designs will be in Stage II of Ohio State Lima’s Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in Reed Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, Sept. 23 through Oct. 12, 2009. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Jaroslav Malina is a Czech sceneographer and artist named one of the worlds’ top theatre designers by critic Tony Davis in his book Stage Design. The exhibit gives patrons the opportunity to discover their own connections between Malina’s paintings and his designs for the theatre.

“Malina’s paintings and his designs are inextricably linked, but the connection is sometimes more difficult to fathom than other Czech and Russian artists and scene designers,” said curator Dr. Joe Brandesky, Professor of Theatre at Ohio State Lima. “This is due, in part, to Malina’s desire to keep his painting, his ‘free work,’ separate from his designs for the theatre. One is a reflection of his individual world view, the other is the result of collaborations with directors and actors for public consumption by audiences.”

In addition to his work in Europe, Malina is well known to students and faculty of Ohio State studying at both the Columbus and Lima campuses. He has been a guest lecturer and designer for the theatre department and has hosted events for students on study tours to Prague. Most recently he was the designer for Ohio State Lima’s production of The Cherry Orchard, which commemorated the grand opening of the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts in 2004.

The exhibits next stop will be the Urban Arts Center in Columbus from Nov. 17, 2009-Jan. 15, 2010.

A catalog is available for $15 and includes a CD with all the exhibit materials and a DVD with an interview with the artist. The exhibit can be opened for groups by appointment. Call the Box Office at (419) 995-8382.

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Editors’ Note: Photos of the exhibit pieces and Jaroslav Malina are available upon request.