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Current Exhibition

PhotoVoice: Look at Me – Disregard the Labels

Exhibition dates:  August 25 – September 12, 2014
Artist Reception:  Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the Artists at 7:15 p.m.

PhotoVoice pairs photographs and narratives to express the stigma, prejudice and discrimination personally experienced by those who live with mental illness.  Organized by Mental Health America and created by its participants, this grassroots movement is both expressive and educational, granting a voice to those not typically heard in public discourse or debate

The 2013 inaugural PhotoVoice project, “Look at Me – Disregard the Labels” materializes these efforts with a series of elegant posters combining image and text.  The display groups works by artists to emphasize the rich variety threading through each individual’s work.  Photographs range from stark symbolism to whimsy, from the literal to the poetic, spanning the emotional a gamut between hope and isolation. 

A crucial component of PhotoVoice is the communal support and discussion participants engaged in while finalizing these creations.  Having worked closely with the artists, project coordinator Chris Buchanan describes the collection as “a creative gift designed to give the community an inside look and better understanding of what it’s like to live with mental illness while helping our participants move through their individual recovery process.”

PhotoVoice has enjoyed a wildly successful opening year and toured multiple venues, including AVC.  The Art Gallery has the privilege of hosting the works for the first time in a gallery setting.  We hope this new context will extend the discussion generated by these works to pose challenging questions about why art is created, who makes it, and how it functions as part of society.

For additional information about exhibits, please visit our information page.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Monsters and Hybrids

Exhibition dates:  September 22-October 17, 2014
Artist Reception:  Wednesday, September 24, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Gallery Talk with the Artists at 7:15 p.m.


Written in the Stars: The First in a Series of Exhibitions on Arbitrary Systems

Exhibition dates:  October 20– November 14, 2014
Artist Reception:  Saturday,  October 25.

What would an exhibition look like completely divorced from curatorial subjectivity? What kind of discourse can rise from a group of artworks that is brought together, not by one person's interests and preferences, but by chance, play, and perhaps a little divine intervention? As a way of thinking outside of a traditional relationship of dependency – artist on curator, curator's discourse upon artwork – I propose a series of exhibitions that are brought together through an application of completely arbitrary systems. From this experiment, my hope is to ignite a different way of exhibiting, viewing, writing and thinking about contemporary art.

The first in this series of exhibitions is Written in the Stars, and will be configured based on the astrological charts of each artist who responds to this call. The collection of birthdates will be given to an astrologer who will select the participants based on each birth charts alignment with the opening date of the exhibition (October 20, 2014). Taking place at Antelope Valley College Art Gallery in Lancaster, CA, the show will be in the epicenter of a desert landscape in which metaphysical energies and practices are said to flourish.

Kellie Lanham, the visiting writer and curator of this exhibition, is an editor and regular contributor to RECAPS Magazine and Haunt Journal of Art and holds an MFA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of California, Irvine. For more theorization on astrology check out Christopher J. Lee's "Queers Love Astrology," Marty Windahl's "When You Think the Night Has Seen Your Mind: Thoughts on Queers and Astrology," and other similar articles on RECAPS Magazine. Copyright © 2014, Kellie Lanham, All rights reserved


Made in the Desert: Friends of the Gallery Exhibition

Exhibition dates:  November 17- December 5, 2014
Dropoff dates November 10-14
Artist Reception:  Wednesday,  November 19, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014