|Burlington City Arts’ exhibition Unprecedented? invites visitors to reflect on the extraordinary events since March 2020 through the work of nine Vermont and New England Artists.
In BCA’s first-floor gallery, Unprecedented? explores the psychological, social, and cultural impact of the extraordinary events of 2020 since the pandemic and intensifying demand for racial justice that has reshaped our world. Unprecedented? invites us to examine our divergent experiences within the shared, expressive framework of grief, hope, anger, containment, uncertainty, and release. Featuring a diversity of media, including ceramics, large-scale photography, digital illustration, sculpture, and video, Unprecedented? encourages us to reenvision what is possible for us as a society while emphasizing the power of art to speak to a pivotal moment in history.
Participating artists include Jeremy Ayers, Becci Davis, Lillie Harris, Akiko Jackson, Brielle Rovito, EveNSteve (Eve and Steve Schaub), Dan Siegel, and Sarah Camille Wilson.
For Unprecedented? BCA has invited five Vermont community members to contribute text that responds to key emotional and psychological states conveyed by an artist’s work. Each participant shares their personal connection to a theme or idea, reflecting on their personal experience and understanding of loss, fear, containment, or uncertainty within the context of this critical, cultural moment. Through the inclusion of community voices, BCA seeks to invite others to reflect, question, or reframe their understanding of local and national current events through the lens of visual art.
Reflection-text contributors include: Tyeastia Green (Director of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, City of Burlington); Dr. Elizabeth Goldstein (Clinical Psychologist); Carmen Jackson (VP Board of Trustees, Orleans County Historical Society); Milton Rosa-Ortiz (RN, UVM Medical Center); and Dr. Tamara Waraschinski (Company Manager, JAG Productions).
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