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The Artist as Witness

October 18, 2021 - February 1, 2022

This exhibition is sponsored by the NEA Big Read and inspired by Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do, graphic memoir (2018). NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. 

"The Best We Could Do teaches us how to say no to fear and yes to truth." - Fae Myenne Ng, an American novelist, and short story writer

Michael Caron, Ice Cream Truck, Carved soap and string, 2005

Michael Caron

Ice Cream Truck, Carved soap and string, 2005

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Ryan Carpenter, Tethered, Pen on paper, 2020

Ryan Carpenter

Tethered, Pen on paper, 2020

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Nancy Chunn, The Jail, from the series, Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear; 2014-16, acrylic and giclee prints on canvas, and 3-D printed sculpture, 27 canvases, 134 x 244 inches.

Nancy Chunn

Nancy Chunn, The Jail, from the series, Chicken Little and the Culture of Fear; 2014-16, acrylic and giclee prints on canvas, and 3-D printed sculpture, 27 canvases, 134 x 244 inches.

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Sue Coe, Paul, 1994, gouache, charcoal and collage on white Strathmore Bristol board, text, 40 x 30 in, from the “AIDS” series image courtesy of the artist and Galerie St. Etienne.

Sue Coe

Paul, 1994, gouache, charcoal and collage on white Strathmore Bristol board, text, 40 x 30 in, from the “AIDS” series image courtesy of the artist and Galerie St. Etienne.

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Elise Engler, Diary of a Radio Junkie, 1888 Days of Waking Up to the News, mixed media collage on paper, 270 drawings, various dimensions, 2016-2021.

Elise Engler

Diary of a Radio Junkie, 1888 Days of Waking Up to the News, mixed media collage on paper, 270 drawings, various dimensions, 2016-2021.

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Lee Jupina Sr., Drawings, ballpoint pen on Bristol board, 2014-2019

Lee Jupina Sr.

Drawings, ballpoint pen on Bristol board, 2014-2019

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Käthe Kollwitz, Woman with the Dead Child, 1903, 25 x 28 in, framed lithograph. From the private collection.

Käthe Kollwitz

Woman with the Dead Child, 1903, 25 x 28 in, framed lithograph. From the private collection.

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Prison Arts Collective, These drawings respond to the graphic memoir The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui made during a class at PAC facilitated in August, 2021.

Prison Arts Collective

These drawings respond to the graphic memoir The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui made during a class at PAC facilitated in August, 2021.

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Michael Reddick, Jury Duty, Pencil and colored pencil on Bristol board, 2004

Michael Reddick

Jury Duty, Pencil and colored pencil on Bristol board, 2004

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No Spirit For Me, selection of 12 photo-lithographs, 2019, image courtesy of the artist.

Rowan Renee

No Spirit For Me, selection of 12 photo-lithographs, 2019, image courtesy of the artist.

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