Art of Recovery exhibit

Monday, September 17, 2012

A work of art by child abuse survivor Jill M. Aubin

A work of art by child abuse survivor Jill M. Aubin, called "Light at the End."

The visual and literary works of more than 30 Minnesota crime victims are on display through Oct. 26 in the art gallery of Atwood Memorial Center.

The eighth annual traveling "Art of Recovery" exhibit shows citizens using art and the written word to work through the effects of their experiences.

The free exhibit is open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

A reception is set for noon Sept. 18 in the Atwood Lounge. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp

Art of Recovery artists and writers were invited to exhibit work that reflects their reactions to a range of victim experiences including murder, kidnapping, assault, rape, arson, molestation and domestic abuse. This year’s artists are residents of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Crookston, Duluth, Marine on St. Croix and Red Wing.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Minnesota State Arts Board co-sponsor the exhibit.

“Art of Recovery allows individuals a creative means to express themselves and educate the public about the challenges victims face in the aftermath of a crime,” said Jeri Boisvert, OJP executive director. “Every victim of crime deserves to be provided with supportive, victim-centered services to help recover and deal with long-lasting issues.”

The St. Cloud exhibit is presented in partnership with St. Cloud State's University Program Board's Visual Arts Committee and Women’s Center. Community partners include Anna Marie’s Alliance and the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.

“The Atwood Gallery, along with our co-sponsors, invites the residents of St. Cloud and the surrounding area to attend this show, and perhaps to better understand the personal impact of violence through these works of art,” said Kim Haney, Visual Arts Coordinator.  “We’re proud to host this powerful exhibition honoring the voices of survivors of crime.”

St. Cloud State alumna Alicia Nichols '05, a licensed social worker, is the OJP director of training and communication. OJP provides leadership and resources to assist crime victims, reduce crime in Minnesota, and improve the criminal justice system.

The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to making it possible for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts.

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