Press Release for Take A Stand

For Immediate Release:

The Gallery Exhibition team is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork created by students of Saint Mary’s College of California. Entitled TAKE A STAND, the exhibition will run from May 11th 2016 through May16th 2016.

Our campus has recently experienced some controversial issues, blaringly reminding us that it is our duty as students to use the voice we are given to better the environment in which we must all coexist. Racial issues, hate crimes, issues of gender politics, and LGBTQIA have been pushed aside and sluggishly addressed by the administration. Students demand methods of contraception offered on campus to promote safer sex, but the administration has actually gone so far as to stifle our freedom of speech and take down these posters. Every college campus can be seen as a microcosm of the society that we live in.   To create a better world we must begin with our surroundings.

TAKE A STAND will include student’s artwork regarding politically charged issues seen throughout the globe, but also as an interactive piece in which students are given a platform to take a stand. Participating students given a “check all that apply” template for a letter addressing whatever governing body they wish to address about whatever issues they feel need addressing. And at the end of the show we will send the letters to whichever governing body student’s address. Talking about issues and actually taking a stand on them are two vastly different things. One is an idea, the other is a plan. With our exhibit we hope to create a plan to fix these issues. Please join us for the opening reception on April 11th from 1-230pm.

Gallery 160 is located at Saint Mary’s College of California in the Art & Art History Department, Brother Cornelius Hall. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, Noon to 4pm. For further information please email Andrew Mount at alm16@stmarys-ca.edu or check out our WordPress at https://smcgallery.wordpress.com.

Curatorial Statement for “Take A Stand”

On Wednesday, the 11th of May, Gallery 160 will present ‘Take A Stand’.

Due to the recent controversial issues that have occurred on campus, we are reminded that we all have a voice and it is our duty as students to use that voice to improve the environment in which we all must coexist.

Racial issues and hate crimes have been rampant in the past year and the delayed rate at which the administration has addressed and responded to these events is simply unacceptable. Gender politics issues have been presented, but the LGBTQIA+ community has been stifled and their concerns pushed aside. The students are demanding methods of contraception to be provided on campus to promote safe sex, but the administration has ignored their pleas and taken down their posters. Every college campus can be seen as a microcosm of the society that we live in.   To create a better world we must begin with our surroundings.

In an effort to comment on these issues, and move toward change, Take A Stand will not only include student’s artwork regarding politically charged issues seen throughout the global community, but also an interactive piece in which students are given a platform to take a stand. For the interactive portion of the exhibit, participating students will be provided with a template to draft a letter to whatever governing body they wish to address. The template will include a check all that apply list that will have options for what to write about. At the bottom of the template, there will be an option for students to have their letter sent to whomever it is addressed. When the show concludes, we will send the letters to the specified recipients. Talking about the issues and actually fighting for them are two different things, and with this exhibit, we hope to foster an environment where both are encouraged to happen.