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Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 - The Lower Link Gallery at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Ave., is currently hosting two art exhibits built around the theme of citizenship and peaceful change.
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is sponsoring "Americans Who Tell the Truth," a series of portraits by Brooksville, Maine, artist Rob Shetterly. His portraits of past and current Americans form a traveling exhibit that is hosted by universities, churches, and various community groups around the country. With this remarkable collection of portraits, Shetterly intends to remind people of the dignity, courage and importance of some of America's historical figures and to create a dialogue about the truths we most value as citizens of a democracy. The collection of portraits will be on display until Feb. 25.
Visual Studies Workshop is partnering with the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County to bring artist Pamela Vander Zwan's exhibition, "Shedding Light," to the city. The exhibit examines our collective political history and how society engages with key literary texts and crucial civic documents. At the Central Library, a Reading Room will be created that pairs Braille and visual text with photographs of blindfolded people in situations that demand the use of sight. The Reading Room also includes Braille versions of pivotal texts in U.S. history.
At Visual Studies Workshop, photographs and Braille reading stations will be exhibited that put the viewer into a situation in which sight does not automatically equal awareness. Through her exhibits, Vander Zwan asks fundamental questions about participation in a democratic society. Visit the two sites Feb. 4 through Mar. 27 at the Central Library of Rochester's Lower Link Gallery, and at Visual Studies Workshop's Gallery and Bookstore, 31 Prince St.
These exhibits have been supported in part by the Visual Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.