Expression Through Art

Students can express themselves at the Human Rights Art Gallery

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Expression Through Art
Sara Ridgway

The Human Rights Institute (HRI) is looking for students who create self-reflective artwork that can be displayed in the spring art gallery exhibition entitled Student Artmaking: Explorations into Diversity, Identity and Inclusion.

Next semester, the Human Rights Art Gallery will be featuring original artwork created by Kean University students.

Janice Kroposky, director of the Holocaust Resource Center and Diversity Council, elaborated on the type of artwork the HRI is looking to feature in the gallery. 

"Each piece should be reflective of identity," Kroposky said. "In other words, each artwork should answer the question, 'who am I?' Our goal is to ask students to share stories of who and what they are in an effort to promote and build an inclusive, strong community."

At an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, interested students were given art supplies; interested students are free to utilize other materials as well. 

If interested in being featured in the spring exhibition at the Human Rights Art Gallery, submissions are due to the HRI office on Monday, December 15, 2016, by the end of the day. 

The plan is to select as many students and their artwork as possible, in an effort to fill the inside and outside of the gallery. 

"In other words, we are hoping to feature as many voices as possible," Kroposky said. 

The opening reception of the gallery will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5 p.m. in the art gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the artists selected will be there as guests to view their work. 

about the author

Sara Ridgway is double majoring in a marketing and communication with a concentration in media and film. She works as a Staff Writer for The Cougar’s Byte. Now entering her junior year at Kean University, Ridgway is currently honing her skills as she prepares for a career as a reporter upon graduation. In addition to being a well-rounded student, Ridgway has a variety of interests outside of the classroom. Ridgway plays for the Kean University women's volleyball team and also enjoys snowboarding, photography and other outdoor activities. She also has aspirations of travelling the world and working as a reporter abroad.