As an invited artist, I am happy to announce that three of my works will be exhibited in the EQUAL: Modern Family in Contemporary Art, exhibition! The exhibition explores the evolving definition and form of the American family in contemporary art, featuring various perspectives by artists who endeavor to push the boundaries of the traditional definition of the family, and employing art as agent for equality, recognition and social justice.
The artists included in the exhibition work in diverse media and aesthetic trajectories, the common thread lies on the assertion of the ambiguities of gender and familial identities in their art. The works in the exhibition portray multiplicity of voices, diverse visualizations of the concept of ‘family’ spanning the traditional to non-traditional gender households, multiracial, nuclear to extended families as well as relations in between the norms. Unions are forged not only by marriage, kinship, but more importantly by choice.
“Equal: Modern Family in Contemporary Art” as a curatorial concept developed with a conversation with a colleague, Dr. Jill Leroy Frazier who is teaching gender course at ETSU. It has also expanded its partnership between the Department of Art & Design and Slocumb Galleries with the MALS Gender & Diversity Studies, ETSU Office of Equity & Diversity, Women’s Studies Program, Women’s Resource Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as the Urban Redevelopment Alliance.
The exhibition is from March 17 to April 11, 2014, at the Tipton Gallery with artists’ talk during the reception on April 4, First Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Other related events to the exhibition is the film showing of “Unbreakable Thread” by Stacey Summers on April 10, Thursday at Culp Center Auditorium during the ETSU Civility Week and the ArtIfact lecture series on March 27, Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Tipton Gallery.
The participating artists include: Scott Andreson, Joe Bruns, Laura Chenicek, Cheryl Elich-Krumpelt, Jennifer Halvorson & Cortney Boyd, Greg Howser, Tala Isla-Contreras, Liz Layton, Sally Machlis & Delphine Keim, Desiree Markland, Edward Morin, Mike Murphy, Daruth Padilla, Shai Perry, Rogelio Rodriguez, Skip Rohde, Ann Rowles, Jaime Santos-Prowse, Joe Singleton, Irma Sizer, Paul Tosh, Kimberly Walton, Jennifer Weigel, and Dave Willison.
Co-curated by Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay and Michael Hale