Otterbein University will examine Cuban culture this winter and spring through an initiative featuring visual and performing arts and panel discussions.

Otterbein University will examine Cuban culture this winter and spring through an initiative featuring visual and performing arts and panel discussions.

The latest installment of the university's "Opening Doors to the World" initiative - Otterbein featured the art and culture of Chile last fall - continues through May 1.

An Island Apart: Cuban Artists in Exile features the work of 12 artists, displayed across three galleries in Westerville: the Fisher Gallery, Frank Museum of Art and the Miller Gallery. An opening reception, including performance art by Carlos Martiel, will be held at the Miller Gallery at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.

Artist-in-residence Juan Si Gonzalez will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and the community to explore themes of exile, migration and identity, culminating in a co-created installation.

Musical artist-in-residence Jose Maria Vitier will present concerts and master classes throughout his residency, including a Latin jazz concert at the Columbus Museum of Art at 3 p.m. April 3. More musical performances are scheduled in April, including a performance of Vitier's "Misa Cubana" by the Westerville Symphony on April 24.

A closing celebration will be held on April 29 at the CMA.