Student Exhibition of Activist Art To Open at MSU April 16
A student organized national exhibition of activist art titled Process Impact is scheduled to open at Murray State University (MSU) Curris Gallery on April 16. Thirty-five works by 25 student artists from 16 states will be on display for public viewing. An opening reception with refreshments and a brief presentation about the exhibition will be held Friday, April 16, 6-8pm.
“I was delighted to discover a wide range of approaches to targeting and addressing current issues and trends in this time of change,” says co-juror and exhibition coordinator Stacey Reason. “I commend artists who are passionate about humanity in the way these artists are.”
Reason proposed and received a highly competitive fellowship from the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Department that enabled her to coordinate this exhibition. With the curatorial assistance of former MSU gallery director Becky Alley and Department of Art and Design Chair Dick Dougherty, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a student to curate a national show of fellow students “offers a compelling perspective on young contemporary artists creating socially conscious work,” says Alley about the show. “I was both impressed with the quality of work and moved by how thoughtfully the artists addressed such challenging and often troubling content.”
Process Impact represents student artists from across the nation that are making art in order to make a difference. Economic crisis, alternative energy, and social violence are among topics that are addressed in the exhibition, as well as loosely interpreted subjects like humanism and a collectivist spirit. Work in the show utilizes both traditional and nontraditional art mediums to convey their messages. Some artists have also presented interactive opportunities for viewers to participate in their work.
The opening reception on April 16th will be a multi-faceted event celebrating the artistic efforts of the represented artists. The public is invited to join the community at this event for an evening of art, refreshments, conversation, and activism.