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Art Addresses Sexual Violence, Generates Conversation

Throughout the year, the Kaye Myhre Gallery showcases the best art from BEAU’s students. The exhibits usually range in platforms and topics, but this quarter features a very real social issue. The opening reception of the Envision Art Show unveiled art pertaining to the topic of sexual violence.  Using poster designs, digital media and visual art, students are expressing sexual violence to the community.

BEAU, art show “This show is geared toward generating a conversation through artwork,” said art show organizer Erin Coleman-Cruz. “The artists will be taking the issue of sexual violence and addressing it in their own unique way. It is their unique response to a topic that affects everyone; it’s also their job to show how it affects them.”

The exhibition is being put on with coordination from the Rape Recovery Center. The center addresses sexual violence in the community through advocacy, education, crisis intervention and therapy. Unfortunately, the topic of sexual violence is all too common in Utah. While national statistics put one in five women and one in six men being the victims of sexual assault, Utah is having a harder time.

“In Utah, one in three women will be involved,” said Holly Mullen, executive director for the Rape Recovery Center. “One of the factors is a higher number of children. Children are the most vulnerable and one of the hardest populations to address sexual violence with.” BEAU, art show

While the topic is hard to deal with, the students are seizing the opportunity to create art that raises awareness for an important cause.

“Overall, [I’m] very impressed with how sensitive and thoughtful the students’ approach was to the artwork that they made,” Coleman-Cruz said. “Impressed at the strength of the work and appreciate that the students did the interactive pieces as their responses to the show.”

BEAU, art show “My feelings are exactly what people came away with—thought provoking,” Mullen said. “I’m just pleased with the reactions and it is fabulous work.”

The exhibit runs until July 11and is held in the Kaye Myhre Gallery, which is located on the 3rd floor of BEAU. Attendees are also encouraged to convey their own reflections on sexual violence through a personalized exhibit in the gallery.