Ohio Wesleyan University’s Beeghly Library is showcasing the traveling show “B.R.A.V.E. – Being Radically Authentic and Vocally Expressive,” an anti-human-trafficking-themed art exhibit through Feb. 25.
The exhibit is on display inside the library’s Gallery 2001, 43 Rowland Ave. Hours vary daily and are available online at http://library.owu.edu.
The university also will host a free reception with a group of B.R.A.V.E. artists from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, the closing date of the show.
The exhibit was created by The Hope and Liberation Coalition (HLC), a group that seeks to promote awareness and prevention of human trafficking through the arts and has traveled to several venues throughout central Ohio since its creation in the spring of 2015.
According to HLC: “Tragically, labor and sex trafficking exist throughout the world, and central Ohio is not immune. This exhibit is timely, since more cases of human trafficking occur in central Ohio in the spring and early summer than anywhere else in the country.”
The B.R.A.V.E. exhibit seeks to display the many faces of human trafficking, provide a forum for community education and discussion, and demonstrate support for human trafficking victims in central Ohio and across the world, according to OWU officials.
Tammy Perakis Wallace, assistant director of OWU’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, coordinated the Gallery 2001 showing of B.R.A.V.E. Wallace, a 2002 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, said the exhibit includes photography, paintings, prints, mixed media and textile pieces from 13 artists.
“The variety of artwork allows viewers to find at least one piece they can connect with and respond to, and makes the reality of human trafficking more immediate and personal,” Wallace said. “By bringing the show to campus, our community will be more aware of the problem. It is so easy to miss the signs, but we have victims right here in the heartland.”