Monday, September 21, 2015


Three-year initiative will look at Latin America, Asia and Africa
Cuban arts will take the spotlight for spring semester

Westerville, OH— Over the next three years, Otterbein University will deepen its mission-stated commitment to global education through Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a three-year international arts initiative focusing on three regions: Latin America (2015-16), Asia (2016-17) and Africa (2017-18). All events in the series are free and open to the public.

For the Latin American focus this academic year, programming will feature Chile during fall semester and Cuba during spring semester.

Opening Doors to the World will officially launch with a reception and gallery talk for the art exhibit, Te Busco: Poetic and Visual Collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemesio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine St. The gallery talk featuring Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Te Busco, which translates into “I Look for You,” presents collaborations between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda—Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1971—and internationally recognized Chilean print and painting artists Nemesio Antúnez and Roser Bru. Bru was recently awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (National Prize for Plastic Arts) from the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

Works inspired by Neruda and commissioned by renowned Chilean workshop, Taller 99, complete this celebration of poetry and art. The exhibit runs through Oct. 9. The Frank Museum is open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday.

While she is on campus, Cauas will also speak at the following engagements:
Neruda, Antúnez, and Bru: Between Printmaking and Poetry
3-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21
Frank Museum of Art
Chilean artist Isabel Cauas will share her thoughts on the dynamic and creative collaborations of Pablo Neruda, Nemisio Antúnez, and Roser Bru, who recently was nominated for Chile’s prestigious National Art Prize.

Writing About Art with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen
12-1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Frank Museum of Art

Discovering Chile in the 21st Century with Isabel Cauas & Terry Hermsen
6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Frank Museum of Art

Additional programming for the Chilean arts portion of Opening Doors to the World includes:

Chilean film viewings: 
          All showings at 6 p.m. in Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.
No,Tuesday, Oct. 6, room 121
Missing,Thursday, Oct. 15, room 110
Nostalgia for the Lights, Tuesday, Oct. 20, room 121

Performances and discussions:
Poetry from Patagonia: The Most Beautiful Cemetery in Chile
With Christian Formoso
Tuesday, Nov. 3
6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
Christian Formoso, renowned Chilean poet and recipient of the Pablo Neruda Award for poetry, will give a public reading of his work, with translations by Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen and Otterbein alumna Sydney Tammarine. 

Yo y No Yo: The Role of the “I” in Chilean Poetry
With Christian Formoso & Terry Hermsen
Wednesday, Nov. 4
4:30-6 p.m., Fusion Studio, 60 Collegview Rd.
This interactive workshop, led by Chilean poet Christian Formoso and Otterbein Professor Terry Hermsen, will explore the nature of the “yo” in Spanish syntax and poetry in general, and especially how the “yo” and the “tu” interact in Chilean poetry over the past 30 years.

Fernando Blanco - on Chilean film
With Latin American Scholar, Professor Fernando Blanco, Bucknell University
Thursday, Nov. 5
4:30-5:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Chilean Lens: Latin America and the World as Seen Through a Chilean Telescope
With Christian Formoso, Fernando Blanco and Carmen Galarce
Thursday, Nov. 5
6:30-7:30 p.m., room 110, Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St.

All events are free and open to the public. The spring semester programming featuring Cuba will be announced soon. For more information, contact Janice Glowski at or (614) 823-1185.

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 74 undergraduate majors; six master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 400 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit

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