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Not for publication Oct. 1, 1997 -- No. 696

Sporting Woman exhibit media preview to feature curator, UNC-CH officials

Tuesday, Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m.

Frank Porter Graham Student Union

Exhibit curator Sally Fox, UNC-CH Senior Associate Athletic Director Beth Miller and UNC-CH Assistant Vice Chancellor for Women's Issues Marsha Collins will be available for interviews at a media preview of “The Sporting Woman: InSights from Her Past,” an exhibit of fine and popular art on display through October at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The preview will be in the art gallery of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, site of the exhibit of 150 color and black and white sketches, etchings and reproductions of paintings, post cards and magazine covers. Images vary from Polynesian women boxing in the 19th century to a black female parachutist in 1930.

The ground-breaking exhibit depicts ordinary women in athletic pursuits from antiquity to 1930. It torpedoes the stereotype that until recently, sports was a man's world in which women weren't capable of participating. The exhibit is the first event in a yearlong celebration of the centennial of women students at UNC-CH.

Miller will answer questions about sports for Carolina women today and what the exhibit means to today's student athletes. Collins will answer questions about the exhibit's significance to the centennial and the history of women at Carolina.

“The Sporting Woman” will be on view in the Union Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Oct. 31, except for Oct. 16 and Oct. 20, when the building closes at 5 p.m.

News releases with details about “The Sporting Woman” will be available at the media preview.

Parking: Limited metered spaces are available in front of the student union along South Road. Media also may park in the Swain visitors' lot on Cameron Avenue near South Columbia Street. From there, walk across Cameron, behind the Campus Y and across Polk Place, then turn left toward the union. A third option is parking in the N.C. 54 (South Road) visitors' lot near Country Club Road and walking west up South Road to the union.

Broadcasters: Anyone with heavy equipment needing to park near the union, or with satellite trucks for noon live shots, please call Laura J. Toler at News Services, 962-2091, by 4 p.m. Monday (Oct. 6).

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Print contact: Laura J. Toler

Broadcast contact: Karen Moon