The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is collaborating with Schlow Centre Region Library and Centre County Reads to present The Art of Protest. This exhibition will hang in the library’s Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery in during March 2018 and is open to artists living in Centre County.
Art used as a tool for persuasion, resistance, or a call to action, is a means of communication older than the printing press. Artists have made important contributions to debates on political, social, and economic issues with works as small as cartoons and as large as installations covering many acres. Both still and moving images can communicate with an immediacy that transcends language barriers.
The Art of Protest is an exhibition arranged in conjunction with the 2018 one-book, one community program Centre County Reads. This year’s selection, The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, was written by State College native Sunil Yapa. This New York Times bestselling novel is set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.
Work entered in this show should attempt to persuade the viewer to take action in favor of a particular cause, such as peace, the environment, civil rights, freedom of speech or religion. The library is an all ages environment and so submissions should not contain excessive violence or nudity. Complete rules are listed in the call for entries.
The deadline to apply was January 26, 2018.
The show’s juror will be Martha Carothers. She is Professor of Art & Design at the University of Delaware where she teaches visual communications and book arts. Carothers’ book arts often highlight text about books, reading, and typography.
Carothers has received Delaware State Arts Council Emerging and Established Artist grants and was a Fulbright Scholar affiliated with City University of Hong Kong. Her creative work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Penn State.
Ms. Carothers will award a Best in Show of $150 and two honorable mention awards of $50 each.
Centre County Reads encourages county residents of all ages to explore the human condition and the issues of community by reading the same book and discussing it together.
Since 1998, when Seattle asked its residents to read Russell Banks’ The Sweet Hereafter, the idea of a community reading and talking about the same book has spread across the United States and to countries as far away as Australia. The idea spawned “One City, One Book” events, county- and state-wide programs, and even the nationwide All America Reads and Canada Reads projects.
Centre County’s efforts began early in 2002 when a group of book folks from the library, education, literacy, and bookstore communities began to discuss the merits of a county-wide effort to share a book. In 2003, Centre County residents read and discussed Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The community response was terrific, and so the project continued.
Centre County Reads selects books that promote meaningful discussion for a wide range of ages; are reflective of universal issues common to the majority of Centre County residents; are written at a reading level accessible to emerging adult readers; are available in a variety of formats, including a readily available inexpensive paperback edition.