‘Stars and Stripes: Artistic Dialogues on the American Flag’ to be featured in Hickman Gallery

Posted Wednesday, May 08, 2024
Author: Mickey Alvarado

Adrian College’s Hickman Gallery will host a “Stars and Stripes: Artistic Dialogues on the American Flag” exhibition from May 9 to July 26. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Stars and Stripes: Artistic Dialogues on the American Flag is a juried art exhibition that invited artists working in all media to delve into the symbolism, history, and diverse perspectives surrounding this iconic emblem. From traditional interpretations to avant-garde expressions, the exhibition features artworks that reflect the myriad of ways in which the American flag serves as a powerful symbol of identity, unity, and freedom.

Adrian College Assistant Professor of Art Travis Erxleben said the exhibition will explore the American flag through the lens of contemporary art and promises to be a thought-provoking and visually stunning experience.

This national juried exhibition had artists from all over the country submit their works for consideration. Erxleben received 91 pieces from 41 artists representing 16 states. From those submissions, 35-40 were selected to be included in this exhibition.

“We are excited to invite the community to join us for this extraordinary exhibition,” Erxleben said. “We aim to foster a dialogue about the complexities and nuances inherent in the visual representation of our nation’s identity. Through the creative lens of contemporary artists, we hope to inspire reflection and discussion on the significance of the American flag in our society.”

The exhibition will feature a diverse selection of artworks, showcasing the talents of artists who have reimagined and reinterpreted the Stars and Stripes in innovative ways.

“Visitors can expect to encounter a rich tapestry of artistic expressions that challenge conventional notions and provoke new insights into this enduring symbol,” Erxleben said.

The Hickman Gallery is on Adrian College’s campus in the Mahan Center for Art and Interior Design and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, email Erxleben at terxleben@adrian.edu.

Images: 1 - Long Time Coming (oil on canvas) by Meredith Morris, 2 - American Emperor (acrylic on canvas) by Peter Sparling, 3 - American Beauty 2024 Number 6 (mixed media on canvas) by Kari Souders.

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