Art exhibit inspired by MLK’s dream

It has been 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech and the 1963 March on Washington. To celebrate, the Diane Kidd Gallery and the Student African American Brotherhood at Tiffin University are to present an art exhibit, “I Have a Dream.”

An opening reception is to be 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 6. The exhibit is to run through March 6.

There are to be 20 pieces from 12 artists, said Lee Fearnside, associate professor of art and gallery director. Work is to consist of paintings, digital images, printmaking, sculpture and photography.

Work is to be presented from The Toledo School for the Arts, Kamal Al Mansour, John Chang, Brian Cirno, Francoise Duresse, Daniel Farnum, Ray Ford, Jamie Gardner, Nestor Armando Gil, Ruslana Lev, Lynn Schmidt, Antoine Williams and David Willison.

Fearnside said TU put out a message to artists for work that went along with the theme of what King discussed in his speech about equality and justice.

“The exhibit is important to reflect on an important milestone and take stock of our culture on where we are and where we want to be,” Fearnside said.

TU junior Sam Latimer is majoring in managerial studies with a minor in government. He is a member of SAAB and helped organize the exhibit.

“My roles in the exhibit consisted of picking out the artwork that I believed delivered a strong message, curating, as well as working on the advertisement for the opening,” Latimer said.

Being part of the show, Latimer said he found it has brought him an opportunity to share an important time in history.

“It’s always interesting to see a different perspective and be able to take a moment and show appreciation with others,” Latimer said. “I just hope everyone enjoys themselves and the artwork the artists put hard work and time in to, and also give the opportunity for others to learn and see that MLK’s dream is still continuing.”

Latimer said he does believe King’s dream has been realized to a large degree.

“Nothing can ever be perfect in terms of society. However, large opportunities have opened for not only African Americans, but other minorities, as well. We all still have a long way to go, but we can strive to become better by educating ourselves of different cultures and be willing to have an open mind.”