Naomi Sonkin Fishman


Freedom Imagined; Freedom Lived Art Exhibition Opens at Lindenwood University

Diverse group of more than 50 artists spanning religious and ethnic diversity express their visions of freedom

in free exhibit for all ages

St. Charles, MO (May 5, 2016) – artCONVERSATIONS, a St. Louis-based art curator of exhibits that address human behavior and societal concerns, announced today that its inaugural exhibit, Freedom Imagined; Freedom Lived, will be on view May 22-June 17, 2016 at The Boyle Family Gallery at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University.

The exhibit features for the first time together the works of more than 50 artists who express different histories, experiences and perceptions of freedom, and the progress they have – or have not – made in achieving their aspirations. The artists hail from the greater St. Louis region as well as sixteen states and six countries.

“In our fast-changing world, each of us is compelled to contemplate our own interpretations of personal and public freedoms, even as we grapple with others’ understandings of freedom,” said Naomi Sonkin Fishman, founder, artCONVERSATIONS. “We called on artists to share compelling, nuanced perspectives on the pursuit of freedom in increasingly challenging environments. And the responses are telling.”

The exhibit showcases sculpture, painting, video, poetry, and dance. The works provoke conversations about patriotism and the cost of freedom, an evolving culture of women’s rights in the world, the experience of African Americans, the lens of freedom from Catholic, Jewish and Muslim artists, as well as the challenges to freedom brought about by new technology.

artConversations is honored that Lindenwood University agreed to host this special artistic exhibit on the quest for freedom in today’s global society. Special thanks to Jerry Scheidegger, businessman and philanthropist, Joe Alsobrook, Dean of School of Fine and Performing Arts, and John Troy, Professor and Department Chair of Art and Design for their support.

The Freedom Imagined; Freedom Lived opening reception will be on May 22, 2016 from 2:00pm-5:00pm. The exhibit will be open to the public Sunday to Wednesday by appointment, Thursday and Friday from 12:00pm-7:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am-4:00pm, from May 23-June 17, 2016. The J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University is located at 2300 W Clay St., St. Charles, MO 63301. Admission will be free (donations welcome) and open to all ages.

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