Erika Garcia, class of 2012, has been awarded a second place in Hofstra University's "Social Realism 2012" Art Exhibit
Hofstra, in conjunction with the Presidential debate on October 16th, has afforded the arts created by Long Island youth an invaluable opportunity to make connections between the political and the artistic domains of expression.
Susan Goetz Zwirn, Associate Professor of Art Education invited middle and high school students, from Nassau and Suffolk Counties, through their art teachers, to submit works of art for an exhibition to broaden and enrich political debate. Students were invited to participate in Hofstra’s Expressions in Democracy program by submitting art works that convey what they consider to be the challenging issues facing the United States today in a personally meaningful way.
We know what the 1930s looked and felt like largely because artists – as many as 5,000 – were employed by the US government to travel the country and depict what they saw. This artwork came to be known as Social Realism. We requested that Long Island students become the Social Realists of 2012.
The exhibited art works can be viewed in three locations: exterior and interior lobbies of the Axinn Library and the first floor of Hagedorn Hall. The exhibit will be up until October 18th. Below are the contest winners:
Raquel Veliz Gonzales
Teacher: Barbara Evans
Roosevelt High School
Legalization 4 All (Occupy Wall Street)
Teacher: Heather Evans
East Hampton High School
Teacher: Beth Atkinson
Hicksville High School
Congratulations to Erika for her fine work!