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Hmong high school students invited to St. Norbert College for special art day

From St. Norbert College, February 12, 2009
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Hmong artist Seexeng (pronounced Sea-Sang) Lee will be the guest speaker at a free special event for the Sheboygan, Wausau and Brown County Hmong communities on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lee will help create a community art mural for St. Norbert College.

The theme of the event is "St. Norbert College: Core Values, Prayer, Community and Service to Others."

"St. Norbert College wants the Hmong community to realize that we are welcoming to all people," said Hung Nguyen, associate director of admissions and multicultural coordinator at St. Norbert College.

Lee is a graduate of Augsburg College with a degree in studio art and secondary education. He has been teaching art for 11 years with the Minneapolis Public School District and currently teaches at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minn. His recent commission includes "Immigration Emotions," an 8 feet by 20 feet mural for the city of Wadena, Minn. and was awarded a commission for "Convergence," a signature sculpture that now graces the atrium in the newly remodeled North Point Health and Wellness Center in Minneapolis. He was funded by the City of St. Paul's Cultural STAR Grant to create this "Unity in Diversity" relief painting, which was unveiled at the 2007 Dragon Festival. He also recently completed an 8 feet by 24 feet community art project "One as We are One," a mural consisting of 644 6 inch by 6 inch individually painted tiles by members the Hmong Cultural and Language Summer Camp.

For more information, contact Eric Wagner, assistant director of admissions at St. Norbert College. He can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (920) 403-3974.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

10 a.m.: Arrive at Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College. For a campus map go to

Presentation to follow by Seexeng Lee on the "Evolution of Hmong Art"

* 11 a.m.: Break into smaller groups. Groups will do art activity with Lee.

Noon: Lunch

* 1 p.m.:Group will tour the campus

* 2 p.m.:Group will take part in a leadership development program led by Leadership Service and Engagement at St. Norbert College and members of the local Hmong community.

3 p.m.:Unveiling of the mural created by small groups at Campus Center.

3:30 p.m.:Depart