Clarion University art gallery will host an exhibition, “Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness,” beginning with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in the gallery, on Level A of Carlson Library.
The exhibition features photographs of Clarion students and faculty, whose bodies serve as the canvas for messages related to domestic violence. Photography is by G. Chad Thomas. The exhibition is a follow-up to Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness Day, an October event featuring a panel discussion and resource tables, created by student Alyssa Snyder.
Snyder (pictured) was in a domestic violence situation from the ages of 15 to 18; it was not until after the relationship ended that she realized she had been abused. Since the abuse had not been physical, it took Snyder years to accept that the abuse was still present. The experience inspired her to create an event that focused on various kinds of abuse – including physical, emotional and financial – and how it can damage a person's life.
The exhibition runs through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Sponsors are the Office of Social Equity, the Presidential Commission on Sexual Harassment and the University Art Gallery.