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Owning It: Engendering Consciousness


  • Love Library 13th and R streets Lincoln, NE USA (map)
Cortland Kerwin (BFA 2015), Lauren, painting

Cortland Kerwin (BFA 2015), Lauren, painting

The UNL Social Practice Coalition is curating an art exhibition for UNL’s Women’s Week. Owning It:  Engendering Consciousness will be shown in the Love Library Commons and also screened on The Cube, a digital canvas in downtown Lincoln’s Haymarket. Both shows will be on display March 5-31.
 
A reception for the library exhibition will be held on Monday, March 14 from 5-7 p.m.; a reception will also be held at The Cube on Saturday, March 5 from 8-9:30 p.m.
 
“This exhibition challenges mainstream notions of power and ownership with feminist alternatives for conscious empowerment. With a focus on ordinary acts of self-will, passivity, resistance and what happens in between, Owning It is a reaction to binary systems, which require the marginalization of many for the benefit of a few,” writes Rosana Ybarra, a graduate student in painting, in the curatorial statement.
 
Nineteen artists will be participating in the Library exhibition:  Sarah Berkeley, Patricia Davis, Nancy Friedemann-Sanchez, Natasha Greenwade, Lisa Guevara, Michael Hootman, Cortland Kerwin, Gretchen Larson, Phoebe Little, Ryann Lynn, Sam Mack, Mo Neal, Rebecca DeNell, Liana Owad, Ashley Ryba, Gabrielle Valdez, Jonathan Walz, Stella Wang and Emily Wiethorn.
 
Seventeen artists will have their work screened at The Cube:  Stacy Asher, Matt Bailey, Lexi Bass, Sarah Berkeley, Amanda Breitbach, Hannah Piper Burns, Kate Bingamin-Burt, Madeline Cass, Anna Drehs, Banchi Hanuse, Mo Neal, Collin Rasmussen, Carlos Velasco, Elizabeth Watson, Jonathan Walz, Rachel Whelan and Rana Young.
 
The artists represent all ages and career stages, from undergraduates to established artists, to represent mentorship across generations of activists.
 
The UNL Social Practice Coalition is a collective of artists and activists interested in blurring the lines between art, performance, political activism, community organizing and environmentalism.
 
UNL Women’s Week runs March 8-17. For more information, visit http://involved.unl.edu/womens-week.