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On December 2nd, as a community contribution for World Aids Day (Dec. 1st), usually known within the art community as: “a day without art”, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is presenting Face to Face, a special one week exhibition of the work of Jason Dilly. The exhibition will remain on view free to the public from 10 to 4 daily Monday through Saturday, December 7th. An opening reception with the artist will take place Monday evening, the first day of the show, from 6 to 8pm.
The title of the show comes from the nature of the works produced by Mr. Dilly. The show features 22 plaster casts of the faces of a wide range of HIV positive people, mounted on panels at eye level, with small tape players hooked up to headphones. This system enables viewers to listen to each individual’s personal experience with a deadly disease. As a special feature of this show, Mr. Dilly will cast the face of an HIV positive student at UCCS and record her story to include with the others.
Other local organizations supporting the exhibition and it’s related daily programming at other locations on the UCCS campus are: Southern COlorado Aids Project; El Paso County Health Dept.; MOMS Group; Inside Out; UCCS Student Art Connection; Open and Affirming Group of the First Congregational Church; Planned Parenthood; UCCS Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Association; and the Emmanuel Baptist Church AIDS Misssion.