Sunday February 28, 2016

REFLECTION: World Perspectives through Visual Forms

ArtStreet and the Institute for Arts Nexus (IAN) present REFLECTION: Citizens of the World — the fifth installation in the 2015-16 IAN series. The installation will open at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2nd in the White Box Gallery.

A collaboration between the Center for International Programs and ArtStreet, REFLECTION is the theme for 11th annual Citizens of the World (COTW) photography installation, which highlights the perspectives of students’ understanding of the world around them as they encounter diverse experiences. It is about capturing the ever-evolving context that shapes global students' visions. The central themes intertwined within several students’ photographs for this year’s exhibition revolve around the ideas of the human spirit, distance and simplicity.

Photographs were submitted by students and selected by faculty and staff representatives from ArtStreet, the Center for International Programs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Art and Design.

The curatorial design was then led by Sean Foster, an Art Director actively working for the Franciscans in Cincinnati. Foster is a graduate of the prestigious SCAD Graphic Design program and has been a designer for 10 years, showing his paintings across the country. Foster was the creative lead for an earlier installation of the IAN series, CONSUMPTION. For CONSUMPTION, Foster found inspiration of art from the forever-moving and evolving modern communications field. Now with the collaborative curation of REFLECTION, he explains his enjoyment in working with imagery from a diverse array of students. "Often a photograph presents more questions than direct answers. The exhibition space itself will attempt to mimic this tangible ennui so present in a society now very much a collective of travelers, real and imagined,"  he said. The student body now becomes a part of the global cultural climate.

Kiersten Remster, an art history major, had one of her photographs from her study abroad experience accepted into the exhibition. Remster captured an image of street graffiti in Ljubljana, Slovenia that reads, "It’s no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." She understood the world around her to be a transformative social commentary while living in an unfamiliar landscape. The American world she knew before broadened to a European landscape that opened her process of thoughts to a global dialogue.

Sarah Wood, an adolescent to young adult education major, submitted an image of her experience in Ranchi, India. Wood's photograph captures the innocence of Indian children playing near a tranquil lake, but reveals in her writing that the lake is so toxic from pollution that it is considered deadly. Wood's perspective of the world changed as she lived in India for five weeks because of her learning to appreciate hospitality and simplicity in new ways. "People in India are so welcoming, many of them washed our hands or feet the first time we entered their homes to welcome us; even those we met who had very little always tried to offer us something," Wood said.
 
The 2016 exhibition of REFLECTION continues to build on the ArtStreet collective, as it is the builds upon the previous four exhibitions that are all interconnected and modeled around the idea of climate. The 2015-16 IAN Installation Series focuses on our elemental responses to our environment. From the origins of want and need to the fight for more when it is taken away, the White Box Gallery’s previous installations focused on THIRST, CONSUMPTION, FEAR and UPHEAVAL. The 2015-16 series will culminate in April with the IAN II capstone installation, CHANGE. With guidance from Michael Bashaw, UD’s Visiting Artist for Sustainability Initiatives, students will creatively apply innovative "solutions" to the collaborative and critical perspectives developed from the entire season’s installation themes.

The White Box Gallery is the nexus for the courses, public programs and "radically creative" experiences that help spark innovative dialogues at ArtStreet and the Institute for Arts Nexus. Hosting six world premiere installations annually, the Gallery’s mission is to bring vision to the reality through four dimensional (sight, sound, space and emotion) immersions that challenge social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives.

ArtStreet is located at the intersection of Lawnview Avenue and Kiefaber Street on the University of Dayton campus. ArtStreet is open 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information about ArtStreet events, call 937-229-5101 or visit udayton.edu/artstreet.

Please note: ArtStreet White Box Gallery will be closed March 25 - 28 for Easter break.

Detailed Schedule/Public Events

For a full schedule of events, visit go.udayton.edu/cotw

REFLECTION: Citizens of the World
March 2 - April 7, 2016
ArtStreet White Box Gallery
Opening reception: Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

A collaboration between the Center for International Programs and ArtStreet, the 11th annual Citizens of the World photography installation highlights students’ reflections of the world in which we live. Depicting themes ranging from hope and strength to challenge and achievement, REFLECTION will showcase the diverse experiences that influence, shape and impact University of Dayton students.


White Box Theatre Festival: Hijabi Monologues University of Dayton
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9
8 p.m. | ArtStreet White Box Gallery

The Hijabi Monologues project is about creating a theater space for the experiences of Muslim women; a space to breathe as they are; a space that does not claim to tell every story and speak for every voice. Through sharing stories, strangers touch and connect. Through stories, we are challenged. Through stories, we are human. Performances are free but admission is limited. Due to the use of strong language, discretion is advised.

Produced by ArtStreet, the Theatre Program and Studio Theatre, in collaboration with the Center for International Programs and Women’s Center. Hijabi Monologues University of Dayton is a licensed production of The Hijabi Monologues. For more information about The Hijabi Monologues, visit hijabimonologues.com or follow on Twitter @HijabiMonologue.

International Women's Day
Tuesday, March 8

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women from the past, present and future. Join the University of Dayton in recognizing this international celebration by stopping by the KU lobby display boards to see some of our very own women of the world.



International Festival
Saturday, March 19
5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m. | RecPlex

The International Festival aims to celebrate the customs and traditions of UD’s international student population. The festival includes food from around the world, dancing, music, a costume show, and student-led informational tables. This event is also intended to engage the UD community in an exploration of other cultures.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs, the RecPlex and the University of Dayton International Clubs

Reflect Your Change
Wednesday April 6
7-8:30 p.m. | ArtStreet Creator Space

Come join Sierra Leone of Oral Funk Poetry and students from To Write Love On Her Arms for a creative experience using Blackout Poetry to reflect on a global exchange of culture as we push towards creating change in the world we live in.

Free and open to the public; No pre-registration necessary. To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit, national organization that seeks to inspire, inform, and give recovery options for those struggling with mental health. To learn more, visit twloha.com.

Press release written by Kiersten Remster '17. 

Photo by Michelle Saheb.

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