"Changing the Story" - Gallery Exhibition

Image by Vicky White
Image by Vicky White


Artists Use Their Art to Tell Stories of Local Children Living in Challenging Circumstances

Opening Reception of “Changing the Story” Takes Place Oct. 2 at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery

On October 2, 2015,The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, in collaboration with College Mentors for Kids, will celebrate the opening of a multi-faceted exhibit that demonstrates the emotional lives of kids living in challenging circumstances. “Changing the Story” will display the photo diaries of eight IPS students in the College Mentors program and the work of 10 visual artists who have spent the summer creating art that encourages, depicts, and helps change the story and misperceptions of children living in challenging situations. Through sculpture, photographs and paint, Stutz Artists, and artists from across the city, have poured their hearts into creating pieces of work that tell a story about children living in poverty and the positive role models found within their student mentors.

The October 2 opening reception is a part of  IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Visitors can enjoy light snacks, free wine, beer, soft drinks and live music..

The following artists collaborated on this emotional and touching exhibit: Jeremy Amico, Debbie Bredemus, Martha Carlson, Don Fitzpatrick, Mary Hamilton, Chad Hankins, Mary Lessing, Aaron Pierce, Martha Vaught, and Vicky White.

“This has been an incredibly moving experience for me to work with such talented artists who committed so much of their time to share the challenges, emotions, sadness and successes of some of our city’s most vulnerable children,” said Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Gallery Director, The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery. “Our hope through this exhibit is to use our art forms to be storytellers for these children and for College Mentors for Kids – an organization committed to providing hope through mentoring.”

A growing nonprofit organization, College Mentors for Kids, pairs over 2,000 first through sixth grade children with 2,300 local college student mentors. College Mentors' signature program has chapters on 31 college and university campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, New York, and Ohio.

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WHAT:             “Changing the Story” – October’s Opening Reception
           The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110
WHEN:             Friday, October 2, 5-9 pm Opening Reception
                                    Exhibition runs Oct. 2-30, Monday-Friday, 11 am- 2 pm
COST:              Free and open to the public
CONTACT:        Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Director. StutzArtGallery [at] gmail [dot] com, (317) 292-3200