Diversity Week Visual Arts Exhibit 2020
The Cultural and Community Centers (CCC) are delighted to welcome you to the kickoff event for Diversity Week 2020 - #DW20 – the Visual Arts Kickoff Exhibit. The Exhibit is an exploration of this year’s theme of “Navigating the New Normal: The Diversity Edition” through the prism of KSU artists. The featured digital artwork is provided by KSU students, faculty, and staff.
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Full Art Catalog can be found here.
"The Jumbies Come to Play"
Maliah HullThis is a digital piece inspired by the Caribbean folklore of the Jumbie. These ghosts are shown playing and relaxing on a beach that once would have had humans playing on said beach. Due to the Corona pandemic, the beaches of the U.S Virgin Islands experienced a vacancy it never had before. As the government enforced a strict closure on the beaches early on in the pandemic, the beaches of St. Thomas looked like ghost towns.
"Panorama of Uncertainty"
Jenny RissenA photographic piece capturing uncertainty, fear, and the hoarding of supplies early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Acceptance from a Distance"
Natalie MontpasSince COVID-19 is among us, it is a risk to join together hand-in-hand. In this piece, we have two characters of different backgrounds holding up a banner. They are standing a safe distance apart, but on the banner, there are two hands shaking. This shows that while now is not the ideal time to get together physically, we can still support each other from a distance. I have also decided to add splashes of random color to the banner, to show that it does not matter what color you are or what your background consists of. Together, we make up society, and we should learn to respect one another and coexist peacefully.
"Goddess of Lawrence V. Johnson Library"
August MeadsWoman studying in Lawrence V. Johnson library during social distancing.
"The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people"
WIT-Campus at KSU (Karen D'Souza and Destiny Mabry)Digital artwork depicting how the beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people.
"What Does Diversity Mean to You?"
Cultural Awareness Resource Center (CARC) StudentsA collage of KSU students that illustrates and describes what diversity means to them.
"Diversity Drives Innovation"
WIT-Campus at KSU (Karen D'Souza and Destiny Mabry)A diverse inclusive environment fosters creativity and drives innovation. This painting is a representation of how our RSO - Women In Technology - depicts diversity driving innovation.
"Ecotherapy as Prescribed"
Vickie MoodyCollage of photos taken on nature outings for the purpose of stepping back and stress busting in an effort to rise above the chaos of the health pandemic as well as social unrest. Immersing myself in nature seemed a perfect way to re-establish my mind and body connection by calming my mind, enhancing my immune system, improving my cardiovascular and respiratory system, as well as lowering my stress levels.
International Student Association (ISA)The painting reflects over the COVID-19 outbreak and how international students feel about the unity and the international community they know at KSU. All ISA’s Board Members and friends had their hands painted and pressed through the canvas to show how being different (different sizes and colors) but pointing to one direction can also show harmony.
"Con Mi Gente"
Spanish Club at KSUOur painting represents all of our backgrounds. The flags represent some of our E-board member's backgrounds as well as the countries that some of our members are from. The words on the canvas are messages of hope and togetherness. As Spanish learners and speakers, our world is a bit smaller now that we can communicate with others in a shared language. Even though we come from different places, we are a family (somos una familia).
"Fabric and Sustainability - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle"
Barbara BaxterThe Quilted Wall Hanging was made as a KSU Geography DAR project this year, 2020. The idea stemmed from taking a Geography of Clothing class with Dr. Jason Rhodes, along with learning about the Sustainability Goals of KSU OwlSwap (Director, Britt Pickering). The quilt was created using fabric from worn garments to help prevent more Fast Fashion going to landfills. It contains garments donated from KSU students and includes a few pieces to honor my mother and my sister who passed away in the past year. It uses a style of Improv Quilting much like the Quilts of Gee's Bend ladies in Alabama. It is my first finished quilting project.
Arabic Language Club at KSU“Ummah” is an Arabic word meaning "community". The painting shares the idea that unity can bring people together, creating love and generosity between them – a lot can be achieved by building unity and strong and diverse community at KSU.
Global Village (GV) Students“There can be no peace without understanding" is a Senegalese proverb and during our paint session, our group discussed how beautiful the African continent is. We also shared what each nationality flag painted meant to us and how much we love our roots. We also discussed how stronger and more united our families became through this pandemic and we decided to share this proverb with school because to achieve true lasting peace, one must have an understanding of the other side/position.