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Hendrix to Host Visiting Artist Tomoyo Ihaya


CONWAY, Ark. (August 26, 2014) – The Hendrix College Department of Art will host “Tomoyo Ihaya – An Exhibition in 3 Parts” Thursday, Sept. 18 – Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Treischmann Gallery. The gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The three-part exhibition includes:

  • "Tomoyo Ihaya: Drawings from Dharamsala – Burning Tibet"
  • "Tomoyo Ihaya and Melissa Gill: A Mixed-Media Collaboration inspired by Tibetan Poems"
  • "The Art and Poetry of Dissent" Jampa Lungtok, Kathup Tsering, Tenzin Tsundue, Tsering Woeser, and Yakman Tsering"

Tomoyo Ihaya, a Vancouver-based Japanese artist, has spent the past several years involved in an artistic documentation of the tragic self-immolations occurring in protest of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. She has created a body of over one hundred drawings, each one honoring a man or woman, boy or girl who has set themselves on fire in protest. Moving beyond straight portraiture, these sensitive and moving compositions commemorate each person's life, and the circumstances surrounding their death. Each drawing is a kind of wish for peace and ultimate redemption for this individual Tibetan, and for all Tibetans. The drawings can be seen on Ihaya's blog (

In addition to Ihaya's solo works, there will be two other groups of works on view. The first is the result of a collaboration between Tomoyo Ihaya and Melissa Gill, who created mixed media works on paper in response to works by Tibetan poets. The second is a group exhibition, titled "The Art and Poetry of Dissent," featuring prints, drawings, and poetry by Tibetan artists Jampa Lungtok, Kathup Tsering, Tenzin Tsundue, Tsering Woeser, and Yakman Tsering.

Ihaya will offer a Japanese style paper-laminating and mixed-media drawing workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 12:10 – 2 p.m. in Art Building B Drawing Studio for students to learn the Japanese style of laminating papers onto wood panels, using traditional materials. This method can be done with a blank sheet of paper or an etching or woodcut that was made on thin paper. After the papers are laminated, students will make mixed media drawings on the panels.

There will be an artist talk and opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Treischmann Gallery.

For more information, contact Hendrix art professor Melissa Gill at 501-505-1562 or

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit

About the image:
Tomoyo Ihaya, Rebirth
Used with permission.