The exhibit features works by a highly diverse and distinguished group of artists, many of whom have had also careers as curators, documentary photo journalists, and artists deeply concerned with plights of the less fortunate. The ten artists featured in this show include Jeffrey Campbell (Wanaque), Patricia Cazorla (New York), Angeles Cossio (Jersey City), Hanna von Goeler (Montclair), Grace Graupe-Pillard (Keyport), Tian Hui (South Orange), Ed Kashi (Montclair) , Nancy Saleme (New York), Nyugen Smith (Jersey City), and Wendel White (Galloway). Each artist brings a unique perspective to the theme of seeing the unseen, depicting people and aspects of our world that often remain “invisible” in our society.
Guest Curator Greg Leshé adds the following insight about the exhibit:
Within the show’s compass I regard the artwork as the beacon, the lighthouse, the signaler-object of the unseen, transmitting a critical light, projecting warning rays wile asserting and proclaiming what’s out there that we can’t or choose not to see. These forces and realities pose a danger to an individual, a community, an environment, an ethnic group, a nation – and, if ignored or left untended, will imperil some level of our collective humanity.
Through these artists’ eyes, we visualize the beauty and poignancy of migrant farm workers, people who survived extended detention, political imprisonment, or torture as well as the working poor, tangible emblems of racism and, ultimately, our shared humanity. It is at once an exhibit of great beauty and profound awareness – making the viewer mindful of the truly important and fundamental matters in our world.
Additionally, at the opening reception, the winners of the Ehlers and Coladarci Arts Scholarships (dancer Leah Suskind and soprano Sophia Grace Donelan, respectively) will be introduced and recognized for their achievements.
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