A reflection from the curator Professor Ken Reker:
"The world is experiencing some profound changes. The biological event that created the COVID-19 pandemic, paralleled with the cultural movement of Black Lives Matter, has forever altered our relationship with one another. These events have laid bare many unresolved social issues and, at the same time, offered opportunities to lay down new groundwork toward a positive movement forward.
With this thematic exhibition, I wanted to offer my colleagues an opportunity to reflect upon this particular moment through works of art. In this presidential election cycle, the colors RED, WHITE & BLUE hold very different meanings across our culture. Independent of content, color in itself carries a message that is personal to each individual that experiences it. Color theorist Josef Albers has observed, “If one says ‘red’ – the name of color – and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.”
- Ken Reker
Professor, Sculpture, Foundations and Director of the Winfisky Gallery
Karen A Gahagan