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New exhibit adds woman’s voice to ‘confronting injustice’

Monday, January 12, 2015

What are our obligations and opportunities, individually and institutionally, to confront injustice? Twenty-five local and regional women artists address that question in a special exhibition now open in Mercyhurst University’s Cummings Gallery. The show, titled “Confronting Injustice: A Woman’s Voice,” is a response to the 2014-15 academic theme at Mercyhurst.

The artists reflect on how confronting injustice can lead to great discoveries and social change, as well as provide models of hope and heroism, courage and perseverance, love and salvation.

Using a variety of media, the artists comment on issues such as inequality in the workplace, global poverty and hunger, children in the face of war, and obesity and the effects of sugar consumption.

Some artists have created works based on freedom of speech, while others comment on religion, current events and the needs of veterans.

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Two Mercyhurst faculty members are represented in the show: art therapy professor Deborah John and art education/printmaking professor Dr. Mary Elizabeth Meier. Other local artists featured include Lisa Austin, Shelle Barron, Mary Birdsong, Christine Bowler, Rachael Burke, Marsha Cisek, Karen Dodson, Carol Griffiths, Heather Hertel, Joanne Ivey, Victoria Norvaisa, Joyce Perowicz, Deborah Sementelli, Kathy Travis, Kathe Umlauf and Stephanie Wood. 

Regional artists include Judith Brandon, Ryn Clarke, Linda Cordell, Christy Johnson, Medis Kent, Ann Parker and Sandy Shelenberger.

The exhibit continues through Feb. 8 in Cummings Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact gallery director Heather Dana at, 824-2092.

Image info:

Mercy by Rachael Burke
oil on canvas, 60" x 54"