A panel discussion, “Promoting Social Justice Across Visual and Literary Arts,” will take place Wednesday, April 20, from 5-7 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.
In conjunction with the panel, there will be a special student exhibition, “Disturbing the Standard,” on view in the museum’s Centennial Gallery through May 2. The panel discussion and student exhibition are free and open to the public, courtesy of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation.
Panelists will share their current research as it connects to the Art Museum exhibition “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power” on view through May 14.
The panelists are: Peter Fine, assistant professor, Department of Art and Art History; Mark Helmsing, assistant professor, Department of Secondary Education; Tracey Patton, director and professor, African American and Diaspora Studies; and Bonnie Zare, professor, Gender and Women’s Studies Program. They will discuss the allusion of visible and non-visible identities across mainstream culture, as they pertain to current social justice issues.
“Disturbing the Standard” presents selected student works from “Art 3112: Typography” and “Art 4110: Computer Graphics II,” instructed by Brandon Gellis, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History. The student exhibition will highlight student interpretation of social justice inspired by Walker’s themes of race, gender, sexuality and identity.
Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.