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Asian American Open House to feature paintings by Siti Mariah Jackson

Craig Chamberlain, News Editor


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — An exhibition-opening and book-signing by local artist Siti Mariah Jackson will be featured as part of an open house Sept. 8 at the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The open house, at 1208 and 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana, will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, “Siti’s Diary,” is a collection of watercolors by Jackson, which will remain on display through Jan. 5. It includes portraits, landscapes and paintings from her family and personal experience in Malaysia. The artist also will be honored with a reception as part of the open house.

Jackson will be signing copies of the book “On This Island: An Artistic View of Martha’s Vineyard,” a collection of more than 75 paintings of the island’s life and people by both the artist and her late husband, Billy Morrow Jackson.

For more information on the open house, call 217-333-9300.