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Purdue University Northwest Presents Debut of Mayan Inspired Art Work


Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will showcase the “Mayan Procession,” a 14-piece collection of life-sized paintings depicting figures representative of indigenous Guatemalan groups in their attire unique to each village, by noted artist Winifred Godfrey.

“Seeing the indigenous people’s intense participation in their religious rituals left a very strong impression on me of the mystery and strength of the Mayan culture,” Godfrey said. “As an artist, I wanted to do a series of paintings to recreate the impressions I’d had.”

A reception featuring Godfrey will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Student Union and Library, Alumni Hall at the PNW Hammond Campus. At 5 p.m. Associate Professor of History, Kenneth Kincaid, will deliver brief opening remarks, followed by a group walk and talk with question and answer session through the exhibition by Godfrey.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Meso-American inspired hors d'oeuvres will be served.

This celebration is a collaborative effort by the PNW Odyssey program, the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, Building Community Through the Arts, and the PNW Multicultural Campus Council. This display supports the university’s values of demonstrating inclusion for all and creating a welcoming, collegial environment that celebrates diversity.

For more information about this event contact Assistant Vice Chancellor of University Art Collections and Special Programs, Judy Jacobi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 219-785-5593. Additional information can be found at www.pnw.edu/arts-culture under “Upcoming Events.”

Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.

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2200 169th St.
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400
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