LGBT RSO proudly presents art show
April 4, 2011 —
Paintings and short stories caught the eye of the University community last week in the Roberta Allen Reading Room.
The pieces of artwork were submissions to Living Proud's third annual art show. Living Proud accepted any form of art medium for its show. One display included altered books with objects such as a bird cage replacing the middle of pages.
"It was cool to see the different pictorials of diversity, such as the altered books," said Evan Waddell, a member of Perceptions, a Gay Straight Alliance group in the Tri-Cities.
Waddell said that he attended the event because he knew some of the artists and thought about submitting a piece of his own.
"To have a studentsí showcase put on by an RSO that's not focused on art shows that we're an organization willing to reach out to a wide variety of students," said Sean Dudley, first year art major and Living Proud member.
The organization held a public reception for the artwork that took place the evening of Wednesday, March 30. Community members and SVSU faculty attended.
"When I heard about the art show, I thought it was a great idea to get the name and ideals of Living Proud out into the public," said Anna Slavin, first year fine arts major.
Dudley collaborated with Slavin on a submission entitled "Purple."
The painting depicted a male and a female on opposite corners surrounded by clothes and toys associated with the gender roles.
Slavin said that the piece infers a message about being true to your inner self.
"It doesn't matter what kind of toys guys and girls play with because they should just feel free to be themselves," she said. "This artwork can help [individuals] understand that it's OK to like what isn't expected of your gender."
Their piece was one of 23 submissions displayed.
"If this event could encourage other RSOs to showcase their talent in any form, Living Proud will have felt accomplished," Dudley said.
The art show was one of two events Living Proud traditionally sponsors every year.
A picture of this event can be found on A2 of the Monday, April 4 edition of The Valley Vanguard.