Pacific student-curated art show focuses on equality

Student art work

Pacific student curators selected work from an open call addressing social and political discourses stimulated by global crises of 2020

University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery is hosting an ongoing student-curated virtual exhibition titled “Dreaming of Equ>lity.”

After an opening reception on Jan. 14, the show now is available for viewing virtually.

Pacific student curators selected work from an open call addressing social and political discourses stimulated by global crises of 2020. Thirty-one artists at all stages of their careers and from across the United States contributed work focused on their hopes for an end to the collective traumas of injustice, racism, discrimination and climate destruction.

Artists confront systemic disadvantages with camera, paintbrush and pencil as swords. They also make the best of virtual opportunities to communicate messages of hope and to challenge us to create a more just and equal society.

The 46 pieces in the show include documentary photography, photomontage, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture and video. Artists address issues of identity – Black Lives Matter features prominently – from painful experiences of constraint to proposing new ways of being free and genuine self-care. Tackling historic iniquity and honoring significant influences, they point to futures diverse and deeply imagined.

The exhibiting artists are: Kamal Al Mansour, Ahmet Arslan, Jena Ataras, Aram Bea, Gretchen Beck, Joe Bussell, Christian Bustos, John Chang, Trevor Coopersmith, Michael Darough, Michael Kenneth Depue, Greta Dole, Kia Duras-Carter, Roya Farassat, Sherry Muyuan He, Firoz Mahmud, Crystal Marshall, George Lorio, Paolo Morales, Jeff Musser, Brenda Munguia, Nimisha Doongarwal, Alissa Ohashi, Nikki Parikh, Chris Revelle, Ann Stoddard, Laura Tanner, VANCAI, Morrie Warshawski, Sara Zielinski, and Jing Zhou.

The exhibition was conceived and created by student co-curators Crystal Baltazar, Paola Baltazar Salcedo, Angelique Doty, Jennifer Nava, Megan Rabatan and Kaelani Valdez-Nawatani under the mentorship of professor Marie Lee and university curator Lisa Cooperman. 

The show can be viewed on ArtSteps, an online exhibition platform that allows audience to visit virtual spaces. Browse the exhibition or take the virtual tour curated by the gallery.

The Reynolds Gallery, located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, encourages the exchange of artistic and cultural ideas, and provides Pacific students and the larger region a forum to explore traditional and contemporary art and design.

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