EYE CENTER OF NORTHERN COLORADO EXHIBITION SERIES
Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home
January 17 – March 15, 2020
Shelter is universally identified as a basic human need, yet refuge and protection are out of reach for millions of people. The United Nations reports a record of 65.3 million people was uprooted worldwide last year, a figure that has increased by 50 percent over the past five years. In the US, 2.5 million children are now homeless each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children. In communities across the US, real estate development and growth bring increasing concerns about effects of gentrification and housing equity. To bring this subject to light, Contemporary Craft, is focusing public attention on the basic human need for safe housing through the major exhibition, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.
35 works in diverse craft media created by 14 contemporary artists will convey personal stories and experiences to demonstrate the local and worldwide impact displacement and housing insecurity have on individuals and society, and how the arts can encourage positive self-expression and guide thoughtful conversation. Innovative contemporary art expressions, rooted in traditional craft materials, will highlight a range of techniques and forms. Because of the visionary, poetic, and experiential potential of art, visitors will be able to see, feel, and understand the need for stable housing in new and meaningful ways; to transform their thinking and be moved to become part of the solution.
This exhibition was organized by Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Lynnette C. Jung-Springberg Gallery
Elliot Ross: American Backyard
January 17 – March 15, 2020
American Backyard looks at the reality of American lives on the border through the voices of those that occupy those spaces. This photographic project took shape over five months with interviews from thousands of residents along the 2,000 mile border, which covered over 8,000 miles of circumnavigational travel from Brownsville, TX to San Diego, CA.
Elliot Ross is an internationally represented photographer based in Colorado with a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. His work has been widely published, with notable appearances in National Geographic Magazine, TIME, The Guardian, Vice and The Atlantic. Blending formalism with editorial storytelling, his work aims to achieve a timeless quality. As a result, many of Elliot’s clients have roots in American heritage. His fine art work focuses predominantly on human stories that explore spaces in transition, among them, the rapidly changing American arctic, and the divisive nature of geopolitical borders including the plight of refugees seeking asylum in Europe and stories from marginalized American communities of the U.S. / Mexico borderlands.