Join as artist Sarah Jane shares on the themes and inspiration behind her exhibition, Mere Objects, on view at the Center Art Gallery, March 26 - April 28. Sarah Jane's talk will be followed by an 8 p.m. reception at the Center Art Gallery. 

Artist Sarah Jane brings attention to the serious issue of sexual violence with a poignant installation of suspended glass globes, each filled with evocative materials obtained from people who have experienced sexual violence. The artist invites participants to choose objects to represent themselves and their stories, and viewers to bear witness and share in her hope for healing and a safer world.

Artist's Bio: The world around me inspires both intense curiosity and profound reverence. My creative responses include site-specific and collaborative works as well as sculptural pieces and mosaics. I am particularly focused on creating art that speaks across cultural, religious, or economic differences. In addition to my own studio practice, I’ve worked as a university professor, art program manager, and gallery coordinator. Two favorite projects from this past year include designing and executing a 75-piece ceramic mosaic with elementary students at Beaver Valley School, and founding the Mere Objects project. Since 2012, I have lived and worked at the Grünewald Guild, an intentional community in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. MFA, 2008, University of Kentucky, BA, 2004, Asbury College 

This exhibition is organized by professor Jennifer Steensma Hoag and SAPT advisor, Ashley Kelver. Mere Objects is sponsored by the Sexual Assault Prevention Team of Calvin College, Calvin College Residence Life, Calvin College Sexuality Series, Safe Church Ministry, Calvin College Sociology & Social Work Department, Hope College STEP Students Teaching and Empowering Peers, and the Calvin College Center for Counseling and Wellness, in partnership with the The Calvin College Department of Art & Art History.

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