Walls and Bridges: Art by Women at Logan Correctional Center exhibition at HCC gallery
October 17, 2013, The Joe McCauley Gallery in the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division at Heartland Community College will present Walls and Bridges: Art by Women at Logan Correctional Center this fall. The exhibition will be on display October 21 through December 6 in the gallery, located in Room ICB 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building on Heartland’s main campus, 1500 W. Raab Road in Normal.
Walls and Bridges: Art by Women at Logan Correctional Center features artworks created by women using art supplies and other materials available to them at the Logan Correctional Center (LCC), located in Lincoln, Illinois. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, and textiles by 13 women are exhibited in tandem with their artist statements. The women at LCC were eligible to enter up to three artworks by following exhibition conditions and entry guidelines developed by Danell Dvorak, Joe McCauley Gallery coordinator, and Sherrin Fitzer, administrator of Women and Family Services (WFS) at LCC. Each entry was viewed at LCC by the curators of the exhibit, which included Dvorak, Fitzer, and Mark Hopkins, WFS counselor at LCC. The curators selected works they felt communicate diverse, individual responses to the title of the exhibition.
The Joe McCauley Gallery is hosting three events in conjunction with this exhibition.
• From 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, in Rooms 1406-07 of Heartland’s Community Commons Building, a screening of The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars will take place, followed by a panel discussion. The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars, is a 2012 U.S. documentary by Noga Ashkenazi, and takes an intimate look at women’s issues in the criminal justice system, exploring the ambiguous ‘grey area’ often invisible within the prison walls through issues of gender, sexuality, class and race. Panelists for the film’s discussion include Fitzer, Dr. Dawn Beichner, associate professor and graduate coordinator of the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University (ISU), and Janet Wilson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance and producer of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival at ISU.
• An art talk by Ashley Lucas will take place on Thursday, November 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room ICB 2805 of the Instructional Commons Building on campus. Lucas is an associate professor of theatre and drama and the director of the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan. She is also the author of an ethnographic play about the families of prisoners titled Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass, which she has performed as a one-woman show in the U.S., Ireland and Canada. In 2012, Lucas and Fitzer collaborated with the Acting Out Theater Group at the Lincoln Correctional Center on a performance of her play during her time as a visiting artist at ISU’s School of Theatre and Dance. She will return to work with the women and the Acting Out Theater Group, now located at LCC.
• A reception for the exhibition will take place Thursday, November 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the gallery. Dvorak, Fitzer and Lucas will be in attendance to informally discuss the exhibition and creative arts programs in correctional institutions.
Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. on days the College is open. Gallery exhibits and events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dvorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (309) 268-8599, or call Heartland’s Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division at (309) 268-8620.
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