HPU to Hold ‘Art + Dialogue’ Exhibition on Racial Tension in America

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 23, 2015 – High Point University invites the community to participate in a new visual art exhibition, “Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America.” The exhibition will open on Jan. 12 and remain on display through March 3.

The exhibition is a collaborative project that uses art to create a discussion surrounding the topic of racial tension in America. Aspiring to make the issue more tangible to its audience members, “Art + Dialogue” includes dialogue sessions to engage participants in thoughtful conversation on different perspectives and experiences.

“Racial tension is a charged topic,” says Maxine Campbell, curator of the Sechrest Art Gallery. “The key question we must ask though is, ‘How can we collectively transcend racial tensions to address inequity and create thriving communities that honor the past, live in the present and aspire to a better, more inclusive future?’”

Mediums of artwork include drawings, paintings, photographs and video clips. Gallery viewers can engage with interactive pieces on display.

HPU is partnering with the African American Atelier, Center for Visual Artists, Greenhill, Guilford Native American Art Gallery and the National Conference for Community and Justice to present art, including interactive pieces, created by artists from all over the state. Artists included in the exhibition are Phyllis Bridges, Trevor Berreth, Kimberly Brown, Alexis Joyner, J.J. McQueen, Michael Pendergrass, IlaShai Prouty, Ibrahim Said, Tyler Starr, Chris Watts, Andrew Wells, Pamela C. Winegard and Geshe Wurfel.

The exhibition will be featured during a reception at 12:30 p.m. in the Sechrest Art Gallery following the Martin Luther King Jr. Service on Jan. 18. An opening reception will also be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 with a panel discussion on the topic at 5 p.m. at the Sechrest Art Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours for the exhibition are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. Call 336-841-4680 for further information.

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