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The Synergy Project: an Interactive Exhibition

Melanie VanHouten & Andrew MacGuffie
March 8 - April 13, 2008
Artist closing reception: Saturday, April 12, 2008, 6-8 p.m.

Sculptors Melanie VanHouten and Andrew MacGuffie collaborate to create
an interactive experiment that will continually evolve throughout the duration of
their exhibition, The Synergy Project.

All events free and open to the public.



The Synergy Project is an interactive experiment that will continually evolve throughout the duration of the exhibition at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. The artists, Melanie VanHouten and Andrew MacGuffie, will generate an environment where something unknown can happen — an environment in which two or more elements acting together create an effect greater than what is predicted by the known effects of the individual elements.

To get you involved — and to use the two wings of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery as a laboratory to create something where once there was nothing. We will facilitate this event even though the shape or form it will take remains unknown.

Ultimately, your thoughts, words and marks will write the story. Your participation will direct the outcome of this exhibit. The physical manifestations of collective thought that are created and revealed by your participation will become the work itself.

Take this opportunity to be the change you want to see. What is it? Give yourself some time to sit, think, reflect and share your idea about what you find most important. After all, the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Take the first step with us.


Thank you for participating.
Melanie VanHouten and Andrew MacGuffie




To be the change, record your thoughts or ideas in any manner you choose.

E-mail: Please try to keep email responses to approximately one page (8 1/2" x 11"). Send e-mails to

Postal mail: Send to:
Melanie VanHouten
Art Department
College of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Ave., F-20
St. Paul, MN 55105

Send ASAP, but no later than March 29.

Your response will become part of a larger reality we are creating through this interactive exhibition. We will generate a unified whole of these seemingly disparate responses. You may choose to remain anonymous, however your submissions become property of the artists and will not be returned.