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Husky dogs to be focus of art exhibit

- February 6, 2006

Husky dogs will be the focus of a public art exhibit held in honor of the UConn’s 125th anniversary.

Sponsored by the UConn Alumni Association, the exhibit will feature husky dog animal sculptures at locations throughout Connecticut, decorated by artists from around the country. The exhibit will debut with a major unveiling in June and end with an auction during the University’s homecoming weekend in October. Proceeds will benefit the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

The UConn Husky Trail will provide more than 125 three-dimensional fiberglass husky sculptures to be transformed into works of art by selected artists. Each sculpture will be sponsored by an individual, business, or organization. Artists will receive an honorarium for their work.

“This event is expected to be the largest public art exhibit in the state of Connecticut,” says Dan Karp of K&M Productions in New London, the company managing the event.

The group recently completed a successful event called the Whale Trail, featuring large beluga and sperm whale sculptures that were displayed throughout southeastern Connecticut, Westerly, Rhode Island, Boston, and New York City. The exhibit raised about $100,000 for non-profit organizations.

“The Husky dog event will be a statewide celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary,” says John Feudo, executive director of the UConn Alumni Association.

“We hope each of the University’s campuses will take part in the UConn Husky Trail, and we expect alumni from all over the state to embrace this unique and exciting event as well.”

For more information, visit www.uconnhuskytrail.com. For information on how to sponsor a husky sculpture and other sponsorship opportunities, call Andrea Harney at 860-437-8025 or e-mail andrea@uconnhuskytrail.com.

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