“I think it’s easy to say, “get rid of guns” to try to solve a problem, but these issues are deeply rooted in systems of power and privilege. Instead, we need to accept and confront the fact that segregation, unequal education, and racism are the most harmful acts of violence, and it is here that the change needs to happen.” – Cheryl Pope.
Cheryl Pope is a visual artist focused in sculpture, installation, and performance.
Her work questions and responds to issues of identity as it relates to the individual and the community, specifically in regards to race, gender, class, history, power, and place. Her practice emerges from the act and politics of listening.
Pope received her BFA and MD from the School of the Art Institute Chicago, where she is now a full-time Professor in the Fashion Department.
Shaun Leonardo’s artwork negotiates societal expectations of gender and sex, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and the experience of failure. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received awards from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; The New York Studio School; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Art Matters; New York Foundation for the Arts; McColl Center for Visual Art; Franklin Furnace; and The Jerome Foundation.
jc lenochan is a multi-discipline artist combining drawing, sculpture, performance, and installation as a formidable practice in the critique of academic pedagogy. He is the recipient of the Pollack Krasner Grant in 2010-2011, Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum 2011, the Franklin Furnace Grant in 2011-2012, The Brodsky Fellowship for print and paper innovation in 2012, Elizabeth Foundation Fellowship 2012, the Puffin Foundation 2013, the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL.
Join us at the SJU Art Gallery for
Artists in conversation:
Cheryl Pope, Shaun Leonardo & jc lenochan
Thursday, October 26 at 7:00pm
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Free and open to the public!!