Art, Empathy and Ethos at Bemis Center's Upcoming Open House/Open Studios

Oct 13, 2017

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will hold an Open House/Open Studios on Saturday, October 21st.

Holly Kranker, Residency Program Manager, says Open House/Open Studios is held toward the end of each three-month residency block and gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at what the residency is all about.

Kranker says the current artists in residence are working with the theme Art, Empathy and Ethos.  She says they’re exploring how they communicate and understand empathy using a variety of topics and in a variety of ways.

“It sparked a lot of interest in what artists are thinking about and the work that they’re creating – across the world.  It’s everything from immigrant communities to working with animals, environment, labor economies, artists working in social justice or social practice, gender identification, under-represented communities or communities of color -- so it’s a pretty wide umbrella.”           

Kranker says the artists will give a short overview of themselves and their work. There will be also be an hour of live art presentations, and then the public will be free to explore areas that are not typically open to the public – including the studio spaces, installation work spaces and the sculpture facility. 

Open House/Open Studios is free and open to the public on Saturday, October 21st, from 11 to 4.  Free parking is available. 

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