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Artist's 'scavenger hunt' includes Cumming Campus

Excursion 2015

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Cumming Campus is part of the "Excursion" exhibit, created by Didi Dunphy, which takes viewers to locations and historic sites throughout Cumming, Georgia. Modeled after the idea of a scavenger hunt, Excursion will be open to the public through May 2016.

At UNG's Cumming Campus, located at 300 Aquatic Circle, viewers will find a Quick Response, or QR, Code that links them via smartphones to a map. Participants will travel to each location to find another QR code. By scanning the QR code at each site, viewers will reveal a video by the artist that was inspired by each location.

"In the process of organizing Didi's exhibit on UNG's Cumming Campus, we discussed her idea for a 'scavenger hunt,' which involved students seeking out these QR codes throughout the community," said Beth Sale, director of UNG galleries.

The unique exhibit, which is funded by a grant from the Forsyth County Art Alliance, starts on the first floor of the UNG Cumming Campus building.

"My motivation for bringing the project to UNG and the Cumming area was to engage the students and the community with art, through a participatory, interactive experience," Sale said. "Excursion connects the students of UNG to the community by suggesting that they explore remarkable spaces and resources in the area. Excursion invites the viewer to contemplate artwork that exists beyond the walls of an institution, and the viewer performs a vital role in activating that work."

The campus is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Visitor parking is available. Call 470-239-3102 to schedule a viewing time. For driving directions, click here.

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