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CenterStage presents VOICE and Raging Youth in Spring 2021

mbruun | Thu Feb 4, 2021

A searing collection of testimonials on the experiences of racial minorities and a thought-provoking analysis of an artist’s own journey are the topics of Fitchburg State University CenterStage’s spring art exhibits.

The pieces are on display in Hammond Hall for members of the campus community and can be viewed virtually by the public at large. Go to fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage to learn more and view the digital exhibits in their entirety.

“VOICE” was created by Fitchburg State 2020 graduate Amanda Loebelenz. This educational, interactive art piece is composed entirely of the voices of racial minorities.

“The goal of this project is to act as a tribute to those who had their voices stolen from them and can no longer tell their story, as well as to provide an uncensored platform for those who still have a voice and want to use it to spread awareness and to educate others,” Loebelenz said. “I believe that an important first step in ending racism is identifying exactly what it looks like and acknowledging the different forms that it can take through thoughts, experiences, and stories from people who face racial discrimination. In this way, people can be educated by the unbiased voices of their friends, neighbors, peers, and colleagues that face the struggles of social and systematic racism every day. My intention is for people to read the stories from this art project and walk away with a deeper, more mindful understanding when it comes to identifying racism and ways we can do our part to end it,” she continued.

VOICE is on display through March 12 and can be viewed at fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage.

Also featured in the gallery is “Raging Youth: Installations” by artist Jean Luc Alexandre. The artist describes his work as a process-based series of installations amassed from 2D drawings, cutouts, and 3D sculptures placed amongst repurposed found objects. Influenced by interest in human anatomy and histories of human activity were major influences on the process.

The installation was born of an exploration of larger societal questions and the artist’s personal responses to elements like struggles with social relationships, mental health, adverse situations, drug/alcohol consumption, and traumas fueling personal instability.

“Raging Youth: Installations” is on display through March 12 and can be viewed at fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage.