Posting Date: June 22, 2010
Collaborative art project addresses global issues
"Her Daily Concerns" project funded by QEP grant
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(From left) Prof. Jeanne Sperry, Daniel Haire, John Dembrowski, Libby Stephens, Angela Jackson, Travis Robeson, Ann Norton, Phillip Oliver, Chuba Amadi, Ashleey Davis, Jessica Hain, Amanda Dennis, Elijah Coleman, Megan Heiling, Alex Drake, Brian Scott and Prof. Valerie Dibble
Photo courtesy of Valerie Dibble
KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University Art Professors Valerie Dibble and Jeanne Sperry recently received a grant from the KSU Quality Enhancement Program to fund a project titled “Her Daily Concerns.” The project addresses women’s issues around the world and is a collaboration between Sperry's digital illustration and Dibble's advanced printmaking classes this summer.
The final installation of the project will be on display in the KSU Visual Arts building at the beginning of the fall semester. It will also be on display at the Arts Station in Big Shanty as early as June next year.
To create this project, students are required to conduct in-depth research through personal and Skype interviews. Students will find subjects to interview by contacting on-campus resources as well as embassies and cultural groups. The concerns that are illustrated in the project will come from this research. “We don’t have any agendas; that’s for the students to find out,” says Sperry. Special attention will be paid to cultural sensitivity. According to Dibble, students will be asked to demonstrate respect and support for the common good of females in the world community with special attention to human rights issues.
Dibble describes the final installation as being made up of seven podiums, each addressing issues specific to the women in the continent the podium represents. These podiums will feature fine art prints, a table runner and a wooden bowl. The fine art prints and table runner will have images that address issues and concerns faced by women around the glob that the students discovered through their research.
The display will also feature an interaction between the viewers and the artwork. The bowls will have paper in them for visitors to write down their own daily concerns and also read the concerns of others. “Hopefully this project will change how people see their own concerns,” says Sperry. “When you see globally that there are concerns, you can sympathize in a broader way because you see what other people are concerned about.”
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