Colorado College News: Art http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html?cat=art, Exhibit Examines Black Female Identities Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:15:00 MST http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/exhibit-examines-black-female-identities http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/exhibit-examines-black-female-identities ]]> <p>An exhibit currently on display at Louisiana&rsquo;s Alexandria Museum of Art titled <a href="http://themuseum.org/exhibits/beyond-mammy-jezebel-sapphire-reclaiming-images-black-women">&ldquo;Beyond Mammy, Jezebel, &amp; Sapphire: Reclaiming Images of Black Women&rdquo;</a> was co-curated by&nbsp;<strong>Jessica Hunter-Larsen &rsquo;90</strong>, Colorado College&rsquo;s director of academic engagement and curator of interdisciplinary arts, and includes essays by four Colorado College faculty members. The exhibit recently received rave reviews in a <em>Huffington Post</em> article titled <a href="ttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-woman-artists-stereotypes_us_58471907e4b016eb81d8868b?">&ldquo;Black Women Artists Tackle the Dangerous Stereotypes That Have Never Defined Them.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>The exhibit, which will be on display at CC&rsquo;s InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (IDEA) Space for almost eight weeks in the spring, beginning<em> </em>March 27 and running through May 16, seeks to deconstruct the limiting categorizations mainstream culture allows black women. The artists reveal the shoddy nature of the stereotypes in favor of challenging, poetic, and thorough visualizations of black culture ― the myth, the archetype, the self-portrait, and beyond.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colorado College faculty members who contributed essays are Heidi R. Lewis, assistant professor and associate director of Feminist and Gender Studies, author of &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement&rdquo;; Claire Oberon Garcia, professor of English and director of Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies, author of &ldquo;African American Women Artists&rsquo; Magical Truths&rdquo;; and Kate Leonard, professor of art, and Jean Gumpper, lecturer in art, co-authors of &ldquo;Poetry of Process.&rdquo;<br /><br />&ldquo;This exhibition has presented a wonderful opportunity to share the work of a dynamic group of artists,&rdquo; says Hunter-Larsen. &ldquo;I am particularly thrilled by the accompanying publication, which features the contributions of an exciting group of scholars, artists, and writers. Together, the exhibition and publication provide multiple approaches to the issues surrounding representation.&rdquo;<br /><br />Notes the <em>Huffington Post</em> review, &ldquo;Despite the monolithic representations that appear so often in TV series, advertisements, films and the imaginations of those who digest them, artists have long worked to provide images that speak to the depth and sweet fallibility of all human beings ― black women included.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Schnitzer Foundation, home of the collection of prints from which the show was curated, is producing the exhibition catalogue, which will be available at the IDEA Space exhibition, says Hunter-Larsen.&nbsp;For a preview of the catalogue scholarship, Lewis&rsquo;s article, &ldquo;Who Will Sing a Black Girl&rsquo;s Song? A Case for Black Feminist and Womanist Exhibit Engagement,&rdquo; is published in <a href="http://www.thefeministwire.com/2016/11/beyond-mammy/"><em>The Feminist Wire</em></a><em>. </em></p> <p>The IDEA Space, located in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts&nbsp;Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.,&nbsp;is open 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays; closed holidays and CC block breaks.</p> Eyner Roman-Lopez ’19 Named Future Global Leader Tue, 03 May 2016 12:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/eyner-roman-lopez-19-named-future-global-leader http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/eyner-roman-lopez-19-named-future-global-leader ]]> <p>Colorado College first-year student Eyner Roman-Lopez of Lima, Peru, has been accepted into the internationally competitive 2016 Future Global Leaders (FGL) fellowship&nbsp;program. Roman-Lopez is one of only 20 fellows selected from a pool of 300 international applications.<br /><br />Roman-Lopez joined the CC Class of 2019 as a graduate of the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore&nbsp;and is currently a Davis United World College Scholar at CC. He is studying math and studio art with the intent of becoming an architect, hoping to use design as a means of achieving social impact and reducing socio-economic inequalities.<br /><br />The Future Global Leaders three-year fellowship, provided by the <a href="http://www.futureleaders.org/about-the-fellowship/">Future Leaders Foundation</a>, offers mentorship from world renowned professionals, a three-week&nbsp;intensive leadership training&nbsp;in the Rocky Mountains, funding and support for an internship abroad, customized career advice and tools, and access to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.futureleaders.org/fortis-society/">Fortis Society</a>&nbsp;upon completion of the fellowship. The aim of the Fortis Society is to bring more diversity to world leadership.<br /><br />&ldquo;I grew up in a small district in the outskirts of Lima,&rdquo; Roman-Lopez says. &ldquo;When I was a kid, I helped my mother at the bookstore she owned before I went to school in the afternoon. She would tell me that the person who reads has the ability to go far in life.&rdquo; In 2010 he enrolled in the only public boarding school in Peru, and it was there he first experienced intercultural exchange. Two years later he won a scholarship to study in Singapore, where he interacted and learned with people from all over the world.<br /><br />Roman-Lopez says the multicultural education at the boarding school and the international environment at UWC were beneficial. &ldquo;They exposed me to complex and puzzling situations that showed me a wide picture as a young idealistic student. That motivated me to&nbsp;join the FGL fellowship; I want to keep expanding my access to global education.&rdquo;<br /><br />Roman-Lopez will be joining young leaders representing 35 nationalities and excelling at college and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and the United Arab Emirates. The foundations&rsquo; admissions committee &ndash; comprised of leaders in the corporate and public sector &ndash; unanimously selected the final 20 FGL fellows based on their proven records of academic excellence, strength of character, leadership potential, and ambition.</p>