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March 20, 2001

CSUS Art Exhibit Explores Female Beauty

Finding beauty in the diversity of women is the goal of "The Real Women Project," a sculpture and poetry exhibition in the University Union Exhibit Lounge at California State University, Sacramento, March 22 through April 6.

The exhibition is an effort to counteract the stereotypical images of women in the media and includes 13 bronze sculptures that celebrate the various shapes, sizes and ethnicities of "real women."

The idea behind the sculptures by T.J. Dixon is to use the power of art to changes people's minds about the concepts of female beauty.

"When I first began this project I didn't fully realize the extent to which this series would affect me, not as a sculptor, but personally as a women," Dixon said. "In my career, I have always searched for unusual and different body types to use as models. Although I celebrated this diversity in my sculpture, my own self-image had been a lifelong disappointment."

For the Real Women series, 13 women posed for Dixon and she created bronze likenesses of their forms.

"The dream behind the series is to use the power of art to challenge our conscious and unconscious adherence to the cultural ideal and to open our eyes to our individual beauty as women," Dixon said. "This is not a new idea, but the powerful and damaging images that we continually internalize require constant and powerful challenges to help women reclaim their self-confidence."

Dixon is a figurative sculptor from San Diego whose work is exhibited across the country and on permanent display in California, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. River Malcolm wrote an accompanying poem for each sculpture.

The exhibition is part of national Women's History Month and a reception will be held from 4 - 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22 in the University Union Exhibit Lounge.

The lounge is open from 10:30 a.m. - 3: 30 p.m., Monday - Friday and 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

For more information about the exhibit call (916) 278-8686. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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