By Madison Mento ’21
The student-run FORM Gallery and It’s On Us at Hofstra are presenting “The Sexual Assault Awareness Show,” April 1-5. The theme of the exhibit is Art Against Assault, and it features approximately 20 works by student artists from the Fine Arts, Design, Art History Department and other areas throughout the university.
“April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the gallery is being used to break the silence on sexual assault while lifting up survivors. As someone who uses art as a medium of expression, I wanted to visually create an outlet of support for survivors,” said Manni Doan ‘20, It’s On Us committee member and student spokesperson for Art Against Assault.
The show is on display in both FORM Gallery spaces, Calkins Hall 117 and 119, and features works across a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, sewing, sculpting and creative writing. DaisyMae VanValkenburgh ‘19, head of the FORM Gallery, said, “Because this is such a sensitive and important theme, we opened the exhibition up to anyone at Hofstra who wanted to participate. This is a subject that needs to be acknowledged.”
There will be a reception for “The Sexual Assault Awareness Show” on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. The FORM Gallery is located on the first floor of Calkins Hall. For more information on this and other FORM exhibits, call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, and Art History at 516-463-5474.