EXPRESSING FREEDOM: Transcendence Through Art

April 28-June 16, 2017

 

“What most of us must be involved in — whether we teach or write, make films, write films, direct films, play music, act, whatever we do — has to not only make people feel good and inspired and at one with other people around them, but also has to educate a new generation to do this very modest thing: change the world.” 
― Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War and Other Essays, 2003

Freedom of expression is key to the development, dignity and fulfillment of every person on the planet. It is the ability to state your frame of mind respectfully and peacefully, and allow others that same right. The importance of this is self-evident yet, tragically, masses of people are today prevented from doing so by forces outside of their real or perceived control.

Expressing Freedom showcased works by established and emerging visual artists and poets that catalyze this theme and inspired others to freely, respectfully and peacefully do the same. An interactive show, visitors found an opportunity to become active participants by expressing their own ideals for freedom through two community-based murals that were designed as secure platforms for the inspired words and images of all guests, throughout the term of the show. Drawing and writing materials were provided, and no prior artistic experience was required — only a love for freedom and a willingness to share it.

EXPRESSING FREEDOM VISUAL ARTISTS: William Allen . Howard Barnes . Susan Danton . Jane Eccles . Deborah Forman .  Jill Hedrick . Kenneth Lockwood . Anita Loomis Wayne Miller . Ulla Neigenfind . Tom Odell .  Joyce Pommer . Cecilia Rossey . Kate Sidwell Alan Soffer . Ela Tom . James Wolf . Joyce Zavorskas

EXPRESSING FREEDOM POETS: John Bonanni . Mary Ellen Redmond . Albert Starkey . Lauren Wolk

PRESS: Expressing Freedom is the featured story in the Art Basel/Switzerland issue of Artscope Magazine May/June 2017.  Read Expressing Freedom at Miller White and enjoy Lines of Expression by Howard Barnes on the front cover.