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The senior exit show is a rite of passage for graduating art students everywhere, a typically dull affair where pupils, parents, teachers and classmates come together for a final round of backslaps and coos before entering the harsh reality of the market.

But Lee Causseux and Chantelle Minarcine have a grander exit in mind. The graduating seniors from the Atlanta College of Art have organized Kultur, an off-campus exhibition of their own work as well as that of 25 classmates.

"The school gives us such a small space to exhibit our work. We thought we could go further and help get our names out there," says Minarcine, a sculptor who also does sound-experimental and audience-interactive art. She and partner Causseaux, also a sculptor, chose Cabbagetown's Art Farm as the venue for an exit show of their own. "We were given such a large space that we decided to open it up for the entire graduating class," Minarcine says.

In addition to painting and sculpture, the opening reception for Kultur will include performances by spoken word artists, sound experimentation by Bjorn Vogel and live music from Dead Air Transmission and Faff.

"We have a collection of excellent, competent artists," Causseux says. "This is a chance for the public to experience the newest art on the scene and communicate firsthand with what will be tomorrow's professional artists."

An opening reception for Kultur takes place April 14 at 8 p.m. at Art Farm, 835 Wylie St. (off Carroll Street in Cabbagetown). The show runs through April 22. Free, open bar. 404-786-5795.??



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