Darice Polo at SPACES Gallery | School of Art | Kent State University

Darice Polo at SPACES Gallery

Darice Polo, Associate Professor in Drawing, has been selected to produce artwork for the SPACES Gallery in Cleveland for The First 100+ Days, an exhibition where artists respond to Trump's immigration policy.  The exhibition will be on display from May 3 - June 30, 2017.  Megan Pitcher Young's interactive sculpture, environment and performance space, Cloud of Whiteness, incorporated a collaboration with School of Theatre and Dance professor, Gregory King. Polo's drawings served as a backdrop for the performance. Watch a video of Polo talking about her artwork on Ideastream. 

The First 100+ Days is an exhibition comprised of Ohio-based artists' responses to the initial phase of Trump's term, specifically with regard to his immigration policy. The artworks feature stories from immigrant and refugee communities in the US, address the practical application of this administration's direction, consider how the media influences our political discourse, and capture the radical potential of artistic activism. The hard-hitting and varied responses from artists living in a strategically positioned swing state will be supported by a timeline of actions taken since January 20, 2017 to introduce, enact, and protest changing immigration policy during this time of political urgency and uncertainty. 

Exhibition participants: Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Cleveland, Julia Christensen, Ryan Dewey, Michelangelo Lovelace, Home Affairs (Arzu Ozkal, Claudia Pederson, Nanette Yannuzzi), Tony Ingrisano, Kelley O'Brien, Darice Polo, John C. Williams, and Megan Young. The exhibition is curated by SPACES Executive Director, Christina Vassallo, with assistance from Karl Anderson.

Images: Stills from Gregory King's performance as a part of Megan Pitcher Young's artwork for The First 100+ Days at SPACES Gallery