Two women artists explore creativity, protest

October 14, 2015 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

Emerging women artists Shanna Merola and Sheida Soleimani will present their work Thursday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Dec. 11, in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery on UT’s Toledo Museum of Art Campus.

Merola will give a lecture Thursday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Haigh Auditorium.

This work was created by Shanna Merola.

This work was created by Shanna Merola.

Both artists will be at the opening reception Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. The reception will be a stop on the Arts Commission 3rd Thursday Loop.

Soleimani, an Iranian-American artist, will display her current series of works titled “National Anthem,” which melds sculpture, collage and photography to create collisions in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century.

Merola is a conceptual artist and documentary photographer for grassroots social justice organizations. She works for the National Lawyers Guild, coordinating legal support for activists. Her work, “We All Live Downwind,” has been carved from daily headlines of disaster.

“Shanna Merola and Sheida Soleimani’s work attempts to make sense of what it is all about by piecing together images, critiquing cultural traditions, and deconstructing traditional photography. Their work attempts to create new forms that challenges current sociopolitical circumstances,” Brian Carpenter, lecturer of art and gallery director.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on the free, public exhibition and reception, click here.

This piece is by Sheida Soleimani.

This piece is by Sheida Soleimani.

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