In the days after 9/11, the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery put up 15-foot long sheets of blank brown Kraft paper in the “hallway gallery,” a space usually dedicated to more traditional exhibitions of framed artworks. The St. Lawrence community was invited to contribute words, pictures, newspaper and magazine articles, and anything else that mattered to them as a way to reflect upon and share their responses to the attacks. A collaborative “installation” grew over time as a way to help students, faculty, and staff process and document the rapidly changing world around them.
Today, people struggle to make sense of the cruel and brutal killing of George Floyd while in police custody, an event which has sparked protests here in the United States and abroad. The COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed the deep racial and economic disparities that exist in the U.S. health care system for African-American, Latinx, and Native American communities.
In response, St. Lawrence University students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to submit digital artworks or photographs for an online exhibition that will be featured on the Gallery website. Please include two or three sentences describing your image to add context and meaning. You are encouraged to come up with something that tells a thoughtful, personal story related to your own understanding and experience of these events. Dig deep and think outside the box. This is a time to express yourselves creatively, empathize with others, and build community at a historic moment. The exhibition seeks to amplify the voices of the marginalized and of the allies and anti-racists who care to show their support.
“Artworks” here can include painting, drawing, print, sculpture, collage, fiber arts, crafts, environmental art, protest art, flower design, etc. Born-digital photographs can represent people, places, or things. Image file size should not exceed 10 MB.
For a June 8, 2020, statement from SLU President William Fox and Chief Diversity Officer Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, visit https://www.stlawu.edu/president/growing-forward-community.
Black lives matter.
Please send submissions to email@example.com by December 1, 2020, and include SLU class year, if appropriate. Please note the new date!