upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

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“And this is how you become a citizen…” Exhibition

Curated by Maria Dumlao (ACG '17), this exhibition brings together three artists – Michelle Angela Ortiz (LTA ’08, ACG ’13, ’12, ’05), Catherine Pancake (LTA '17, WOO '17, ACG '16) and Imani Roach – whose work reflects on gendered citizenship, family, identity, and belonging.

The title, “And this is how you are a citizen…” is a line from Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem, “Citizen, An American Lyric.” In it, she “pull[s] the lyric back into its realities;” the realities of how and what it feels and means to be a black citizen in the everyday acts of racism in our contemporary “post-race” society. Borrowing from Rankine’s lyricism as an individual and part of a collective group of citizens, the exhibit examines one's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive in the midst of adversity. Each of the three artists poetize one’s relationship to a place and one’s connection to history with its inherited trauma. 


The exhibition is on view at Hicks Art Center Gallery at Bucks County Community College (BCCC) now through March 12, 2019. For more information, visit BCCC's website.


Gallery hours: 
Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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