Hiram College’s Gender Equality Student Alliance (GESA) celebrated Women’s History Month with an annual art show March 21-25 called “The Way She Moves.” The event raised $100 for Safer Futures, a domestic violence shelter in Portage County.
For the third year in a row, students, faculty and staff honored women with works of art that were displayed in the Kennedy Center for the entire campus community to see. Kristie Schroll, GESA president, says that the show was an inclusive event open to all students and faculty members regardless of their major or experience in art.
“We wanted to do something the whole campus could get involved with, and everyone could brainstorm the way they think about women, expand on that and question their beliefs on women and celebrate that through art,” she says.
Schroll says the art pieces were intended to represent diversity among women. Several of the pieces selected for this year displayed women of color, and years past have depicted transgender women through various art forms.
“It’s stretching the imagination and the kind of representation women usually get,” Schroll says. “Overall, representation for women needs to be a type that shows how wonderfully multifaceted and diverse women are.”
The exhibited art was auctioned off on the final day of the show with proceeds benefitting the women’s shelter.