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Figuratively Speaking: Panel Discussion on Art and Diversity

December 1, 2011

"Figuratively Speaking: Images, Identity, Art, and Diversity" is an examination of intention, identity, and power in using the human figure as a subject for art.

You are invited to the Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, to attend a panel discussion of how worldview, historical position in the world, and identity have an impact on how we respond to culturally based artwork.

Prior to attending the panel discussion, please feel free to visit the Thorne Art Gallery to examine selected pieces of art that the panel will be discussing.

Some of these works can evoke a strong emotional reaction. There are those who find them worthy of appreciation and praise, while others consider them controversial.

There will also be photos of some of the artwork on display in the Mabel Brown Room.

President Helen Giles-Gee will offer an introduction and welcome. The panel will include the following:

  • Dr. Michael Antonucci - Associate Professor, English Department, Keene State College

  • Mr. Blake Bradford - Director of Education, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

  • Dr. Marge Bruchac - Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut-Avery Point

  • Mr. Jud Hartman - Artist, Jud Hartman Gallery, Blue Hill, ME, and Grafton, VT

  • Mr. Tom Porter - Spiritual Leader of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke, Fonda, NY