Working in collaboration with the No-Freeze Shelter in Willimantic, students in Professor Gail Gelburd's Museums and Exhibitions course have curated the museum exhibit, "Displaced: Perspectives from Within." The exhibition runs until Jan. 30 in the Student Art Gallery in Room 114 of Shafer Hall.
The exhibition, which includes art created by Eastern students and young students from other towns, showcases work created by guests of the No-Freeze Shelter in Willimantic. The students met with homeless men and women at the shelter and gave them cameras and art supplies, which gave the guests an opportunity to share their perceptions of being homeless and their life in Willimantic. The exhibition is accompanied by information about homelessness in America. For a video on the process the students used, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2_hwaar5Wo&feature=youtu.be.
Students in Professor Gelburd's Museum and Exhibitions class also presented the exhibition, "Ink'd: From Scarification to Personal Tattoos" in Student Center Room 223 from Dec. 10-17, 2013. The exhibition provided an informative and thought-provoking analysis of how tattoos became popular and why popularity in tattoo art is growing. Audience participation activities during the exhibit included henna tattooing, with presentations on the history of scarification, the use of tattoos within organizations like the Yakuza, and lessons on tattoo safety and sanitation techniques. The exhibition also featured photographs of tattoos and guest speaker Alex Holmes, a tattoo artist who presented some of his own sketches and explained the process of tattooing. A video presentation and live models also provided stunning visual examples of the art of tattoos.