OASIS, What a Time to Be... features the works of 17 Black, Indigenous and People of Color students and 10 alumni artists and designers. The juried exhibition will open UW-Stout's Diversity Week with an artists’ reception held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, in the Student Art Gallery 209, on the second floor of the Applied Arts Building. All are welcome.
Multicultural Student Services Coordinator Vickie Sanchez described OASIS as being part of a journey. “Although difficult at times, there is beauty and joy. Exhibit pieces are about the artists’ journey, identity, story, history, truths, feelings and inspirations.
“Artists reflect on ‘What A Time To Be...’ Black, Indigenous, Brown, Asian, LatinX, Hmong, biracial, multiracial, LGBTQIA+, a student, a protester, an educator, a friend, emotional, hopeful, outspoken, brave, courageous, an artist,” she said.
The exhibit is a collaboration of the School of Art and Design and Multicultural Student Services. Committee and juror members are Sanchez; SOAD Professor and Pre-BFA Program Director Tamara Brantmeier; second-year industrial design student Jon Rosario, of Ijamsville, Maryland; and first-year studio art student Angelina Garcia, of Marshfield, who designed marketing materials for the exhibit.
“At Stout, we don't see a lot of our BIPOC community artists' art showcased on the walls of this establishment. We honestly never know the identities of our artists,” Sanchez said. “The exhibit gives an opportunity to highlight and share the talents of students both past and present and occupy gallery space that’s centered around the BIPOC expression. To take notice of individuals whose work is often not seen, heard or felt.