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Exhibit unmasks changing roles of women

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Concealed | Revealed, a one-woman show by Jodi Staniunas Hopper at Mercyhurst University, will feature luchadora masks and their respective imagery, altered wedding wear and photographs relating to the many roles of women. The show will hang in Cummings Gallery Feb. 17-March 23.

Hopper, director of Mercyhurst’s graphic design program, will present an artist talk on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. in Zurn Hall 114. A reception will follow in the gallery from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Women are so accustomed to wearing different masks/costumes that often they are not even conscious of them,” Hopper says. “In my current works, I take the traditional trappings of the wedding, the bridal gown, and the most feminine aspects of the gown to create tangible masks and costumes.”

She says she begins with the wedding dress. “As I disassemble and reassemble the lace, beads and baubles, I envision he different roles of women. The masks relate to different headwear throughout the ages – the luchadora, the gladiator, the wrestler, the ninja, the submissive. They evoke a sense of mystery and strength when juxtaposed against the seeming normalcy of the scenes. The costumes create an all-encompassing commentary on a woman's role.”

Hopper received her MFA in advertising/design from Marywood University and now teaches graphic design, design history and computer illustration. She has received many awards for her design work and has exhibited widely in galleries and museums.

Two of her works (“Shooting at Castles in the Air” and “Not My First Rodeo”) were recently chosen for the 2014 Women Create juried exhibition opening March 1 in Jamestown, N.Y. She also had works in the 2013 Hoyt Mid-Atlantic Juried Exhibition in New Castle, Pa.

Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. It will be closed during spring break, March 10-16.

For more information, contact gallery director Heather Dana at (814) 824-2092