Gallery I – January 18 – March 10, 2011
Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas
Exhibits USA and Mid America Arts Alliance
Sponsored in part by the UALR Office of Campus Life – Power of Women
Emma Amos, Siona Benjamin, Chakaia Booker, Judy Chicago, Linda Freeman
Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Leila Kubba, Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold
Aminah Robinson, Betye Saar, Flo Oy Wong, Helen Zughaib
The thirteen distinguished artists featured in Women Call for Peace have come together to denounce violent aggression and advocate global peace through nonviolent conflict resolution. They share a commitment to the unique power of art and firsthand experiences to sensitize and inform audiences about these social and political issues. In this new millennium—an age that has held the promise of global interconnectedness—the penchant for conflict and need for resolution never has been more evident. Since 9/11, international terrorism has become a calculable fact of life worldwide.
The works in this exhibition are formidable in their disavowals of violence of all kinds—personal, political, domestic, and international. Their messages are all the more compelling because they reflect a range of religious beliefs, racial identities, and personal encounters with violence. Lebanon-born, Helen Zughaib brings a global perspective to Prayers for Peace derived from her experiences of living in the Middle East, Europe, and now the United States. Prompted by escalating conflicts between Muslims and Christians after 9/11, she portrays four people praying for peace in an Islamic mosque-inspired setting. With their backs to viewers, they become timeless guardian figures.
The diversity of art and issues represented in this exhibition will appeal to a variety of audiences. The exhibition offers a wide range of programming that can be drawn from local, national, and international sources and issues.
Women Call for Peace is curated by Lisa Farrington, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Art and Music at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Her honors include the William & Camille Cosby Endowed Scholar at Atlantic University/Spelman College (2008-2007) and, most recently, a Creative Capital Art Writers Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation (2010). She has published several books and articles, including the 2005 textbook for Oxford University Press entitled Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists. This book has received two major academic literary awards: the American Library Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing and the American Association of Black Women Historians Annual Book Award.
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Gallery II – January 12 – February 13, 2011
A Spectacle and Nothing Strange - Photographs by Rebecca Sittler Schrock
“I work at home in a quiet communication with objects, domestic spaces and light. As the light changes, I alter the objects physically, change their spatial relationships, or give them personalities within a suggested narrative. I work intuitively in order to cultivate shifting metaphors and associations – constructing images through a process similar to automatic writing. I often invest objects with narrative potential, suggest complexities of interpersonal relationships or pose questions concerning the nature of photography.” - Rebecca Sittler Schrock
Fine art photographer, Rebecca Sittler Schrock, is driven by contrasts between insignificance and monumentality, humor and seriousness, surface and depth, the timeless and the timely. Rebecca utilizes photography's position between the appearance of reality and the suggestion of something more amorphous – creating shifting meanings within our vast mental networks of association. “A Spectacle and Nothing Strange” is a phrase borrowed from Gertrude Stein’s experimental writings and the title of Rebecca Sittler ongoing body of work.
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Additional Exhibitions and Events
Gallery II February 16 – March 18, 2011
Liz Noble, UALR Artist in Residence - Representational Painter
Reception: Friday February 18, 2011, 5 – 7:30pm
March 3 and 4, 2011
21st Arkansas College Art History Symposium - More Information To Be Announced