Permanence presents a video work and photography series of cyanotypes printed on paper and ceramic tiles that documents collaborations between 2023-24 Activist | Artist-in-Residence, Rebecca Ustrell and faculty and students in various Pitzer College SRX Courses. These photographs celebrate community collaboration, explore the embodiment of student and teacher, and reinforce the impact of access to experiential learning and cultural exchange. The exhibition explores how stories are passed down, and how they may fade over time or reemerge as told from a different perspective. The experimental aspects of this body of work seeks to explore the impact of subjectivity.
EXHIBITION | Hinshaw Gallery located in the Grove House
OPENING RECEPTION | February 29th, 4:15pm-6:30pm
Exhibition will be open until March 28th, 2024
2023-2024 Activst | Artist-in-Residence
Rebecca Ustrell (she/her) is a Latinx Jewish artist, educator, journalist and documentarian in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. Ustrell founded Curious Publishing, a non-profit artbook publishing company that supports queer, BIPOC, and femme creatives through the publication of limited edition art books, zines, and print collections, that uplifts the voices of marginalized artists residing throughout Southern California. In addition to her role at Curious Publishing, she teaches self-publishing and zine-making for teens and adults as well as holds public speaking engagements which drive community involvement in literary arts. Her work focuses on archiving Queer, BIPOC, and neurodivergent artist perspectives in relation to their communities.
What is Activist | Artist-in-Residence (AAIR)?
The Community Engagement Center and Pitzer Art Galleries invites one local activist-artist per academic year for the purpose of promoting interdisciplinary platforms of exchange—through facilitating dialogue, sharing knowledge and skills, and generating impactful experiences—throughout the Pitzer at large. Expected AAIR activities will include: creative and pedagogic engagement between an artist | activist and the Pitzer Community, collaboration with partners on campus (students, staff, and faculty), and community partners in the field, and acting as a resource for partnered academic courses at the college.