Intolerance as Violence

Exhibition Dates: April 7th-May 5th, 2018
Reception: April 7th
Artist Talk: April 30th, 2018 : 7PM
Location: Hera Gallery, 10 High St, Wakefield, Rhode Island


“Intolerance is itself, a form of violence…and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit” -Mahatma Gandhi

Curated by: Ian Alden Russell Ph.D., Curator of David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University

We are living in a time of heightened intolerance, anger and hardened frontiers. How can creative discourse open up a diverse, respectful dialogue? Can art melt the hardened confines of convictions, broaden the perimeters of comfort and bigotry, free us of our self-imposed boxed-in existences, and allow us to see beyond our own, familiar perspectives?

This exhibition gives a forum to creative voices of tolerance that search to reach beyond limitations and to speak to all of humanity in a world of radical and profound divisiveness. Artists from different backgrounds and perspectives will share their work about tolerance and inclusiveness. This diverse show will include video work, photography, painting, laser cut paper, drawings, and an interactive installation.

Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar, Michael Amato, Uli Brahmst, William Clark, Laura Franz and Stacy Latt Savage, Kim Garland, Haley R. Hatfield, Mary N. Hurwitz, Victor Witkowski, Tiffany Lawson, Janet Braun Reinitz and Sarah Maple, Heath Schultz, Sarah Sipling, Ingrid Wells, Anne Wert

A House Divided

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 29, 2018
Reception: April 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: The Rouse Company Foundation Gallery, Horowitz Center at Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland

We are currently living in a politically and socially polarized society that has blurred the lines of private and public, opinion vs fact and where one’s perceived entitlement to freedom counters the perceived basic human rights of others. This exhibition is a visual dialog between artists from all sides of the political spectrum where we question and reflect upon these revolutionary times.

Speaking Out: Art in a Time of Upheaval

Exhibition Dates: February 20 – March 19, 2018
Reception: February 24, 2018
Location: Gallarus Arts, 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah, NY

A juried survey of artist’s responses to current events and emotions reflected in society. Not restricted to political themes but including this as well as explorations of social, environmental and interpersonal responses to the current climate in the country.


Exhibition Dates: February 1 – March 8, 2018
Reception: February 1, 5 – 7pm
Location: Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House at UMASS Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts


Augusta Savage Gallery has recognized the urgent and timely need to consider what Home means to many different people.  As a result, we have invited a global array of artists to offer their visual art and accompanying words on this subject to the Five-College community. Represented in this exhibit are artists from Canada, Brazil, Ukraine, Germany, China, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Argentina and the US.

Home carries with it many meanings.  It can trigger memories or spark anticipation.   It sometimes reminds us of painful experiences, or offers some promise of freedom, or evokes terror of a future.   For some, Home is connected to a place or moment in time that carries pleasurable memories.  For others, it is a place to which, regrettably, they cannot or will not ever return.

Some have generational ties to their homes and have witnessed the expulsion and dispersion of entire communities from their places of birth – the rupturing of familial and cultural continuity.   Some think of Home in ideological terms, and are shocked and repulsed by politics and values in a nation that once felt safe, but now create tremendous anxiety. Still others have never been privy to the stability of solid ground beneath their feet, a home base, a sense of nationhood, or belonging.

A spiritual leader once reminded his followers, “Everywhere you go, there you are.”  Here is yet another way of understanding Home – that there exists a place inside us that is familiar and safe, and which holds us strong and erect in dangerous circumstances.

There are many ways to think about Home.  A juried invitation to artists to consider this as the subject of their work has resulted in a rich and provocative event in two parts.


Michael Amato, Jessica Baldwin, Zero Bey, Rossi Bright, Annielly Camargo, Çiğdem Menteşoğlu Chatzoudas, Frankie Chow, Gary Duehr, Emily Fleisher, Jean Gallagher, Sonia Gil, Vera Graham, Joan Green, Lois Guarino, Antoni Hidalgo, Saeri Kiritani, Saskia Krafft, Holly Lay, Elliott Linwood, Alison Lucas, Kabu MBII, Carrie Green Markello, Deborah McDuff, Rina Naik, IIdiko Nova, Petrea Noyes, Raeanne Nuzzo, Susie Protiva, Nikhi Puri, Erika Radich, Sebastian Puentes Rivero, Micheline Ronningen, Naomi Rosborough, Tatyana Scott, Ashok Sinha, Monika Sochańska, Robert Thurlow, Michelle Trujillo, Iryna Vorona, Liu Xianghua, Hu Zhiying

Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood

Exhibition Dates: January 25 – March 4, 2018
Juror Remarks by Deborah Willis, March 2, 7pm
Location: Hamilton and Arronson Galleries, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Juried by UArts alumna Deborah Willis BFA ‘75, this international exhibition explores the uncertainty of our times, race, gender and politics.


Ours is a time where borders and division continue to challenge our very understanding of humanity. The opportunity to share on an international level is as close as the screens we hold in our hands, and yet, in a time of prolific image making many lens-driven stories remain unseen. For every picture story brought to light, too many struggle for exposure. The power of images to ignite the rally cry for change are the same images that encourage empathy and stewardship, and these images come from every aspect of the photographic world—documentarians, conceptual artists, and citizens with their mobile devices. SPE’s 55th Annual Conference, Uncertain Times, will address questions of globalization, migration, territory, refuge, community, identity, nationalism, and internationalism, and will evaluate the contribution of photographic practices seeking to humanize and reveal these topics. The conference will focus on the ways in which photographic media are implicated in demonstrating both moments of crisis as well as moments of resolve. This is a call to convene critical producers, thinkers, and thoughtful spectators of photography to unpack the meanings of the layered dimensions of the human story in the 21st century.


Michael P. Amato, Fran Antmann, Justin Barton, Akea Brown, Kelvin Burzon, Richard Cavagnolo, Laurent Chevalier, Michael Darough, Sylvia de Swaan, Francois Deschamps, Antone Dolezal, William Douglas III, Rebecca Finley, Lisa Foote, Melissa Gámez-Herrera, Lindsay Godin, Audrey Gottlieb, Pato Hebert, Christine Holtz, Lili Holzer-Glier, Rion Huffman, Michel Huneault, Karli Kasprzak, Angela Kelly, John Kimmich-Javier, Morgan Rachel Levy, Mark Ludak, Alice Mann, Stephen Marc, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Aisha Manzoor, Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Craig Baron, Eleanor Oakes, Julie Pawlowski, Brad Pease, B. Proud, Alice Proujansky, Robert Reinhardt, David Rentería, Rani Marie Robison, Zed Saeed, Jashim Salam, Griselda San Martin, Nicole Schwartz, Stephanie Seguino, Sandy Sorlien, Linda Troeller, Ani Tung, Sara-Anne Waggoner, Ralph Wilson