Many survivors of genocidal violence in the past century have harrowing memories and give powerful testimonies of an unquenchable will to survive. Voice to Vision, a collaboration between artists and survivors from places such as Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Tibet, captures and communicates the victims' experiences through works of visual art. The project is the brainchild of University of Minnesota Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting David Feinberg.
In addition to President Kelley, opening reception speakers will include UND Art and Design Department Chair Art Jones, and former genocide prosecutor and Associate Professor of Law Gregory S. Gordon. A short film will be shown and the Gallery will remain open after the reception. Desserts and refreshments will be served.
"The Center is honored that President Kelley has agreed to take part in this event," said Gordon, who is also Director of CHRGS. "This exhibition uniquely presents the incredible stories of those who have survived some of the most tragic and evil events of the last century, and represents an incredible opportunity to share these stories with the Grand Forks community."
Other programs related to the Voice to Vision exhibition follow.
On Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center, exhibition creator David Feinberg will offer a workshop on "Memory and Place," which will allow participants to explore the process of creating collaborative art.
On Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center, Feinberg will lecture on "Confronting Violence through Collaborative Art."
On Sept. 17, from 9 to 11 a.m., Feinberg will offer guided tours of the exhibition.
On Sept. 18, 7:15 p.m., Hughes Fines Arts Center, visiting artist Audrey Flack will lecture on "Genocide and Visual Art."
On Sept. 25, 7 p.m., in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, CHRGS Fall Visiting Fellow Natalie Pierce will participate in a panel discussion on "Detention and Degrading Treatment."
On Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library, UND faculty from multiple disciplines will participate in a panel discussion on "Dimensions of Traumatic Memory."
All events are free and open to the public. Sponsors include the UND Office of the President, the UND Art and Design Department, the University of Minnesota Department of Art, and O' for Heaven's Cakes N' More.
Guests without University parking permits for this or any other on-campus event may use the "pay-as-you-go" option in the Parking Ramp (corner of Second Avenue North and Columbia Road), the UND Visitor pay Lot (off Centennial Drive) or a Parking Meter. There are also several 30-minute free parking spots on the north side of the Memorial Union. Parking in any other parking lot on-campus requires a parking pass, which can be purchased directly through UND Parking Services, Twamley Hall, Room 204 (Monday -Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).