Student-Curated ‘Be the Art’ Exhibition Held at Zilkha

In February, the annual student-curated exhibition, Be The Art, committed to celebrating and raising awareness of artists of color, was held at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The objective of this showcase is to create a space that exhibits the work of artists who are often underrepresented at Wesleyan and in the world at large.

The exhibition featured works of art by Gandarv Chawla ’17​, Dung Pham ​’17​, Ocean Gao ​’19​, Eunice Lee  ’19​, Justina Yam ​’19​, Shirley Fang ’18, Phuong Le ’18, Malcolm Phillips ​’19​, Katherine Puntiel ’19​, Tenzin Kyisarh​ ’16​, and Rajaa Elidrissi ​’16​, and performances by Sahil Singhvi ’18, Hazem Fahmy ’17, Alexia Warren ’17, Franchesca Peña ’18, Shirley Fang ​’18, Christian Black ’18. (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)

Ocean Gao '19 exhibited their political voice through the platform of art, including a t-shirt they designed to raise money for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign.

Ocean Gao ’19 exhibited a political voice through the platform of art, including a t-shirt designed to raise money for the #BlackLivesMatter campaign.

For the opening of the exhibition, Christian Black '18 and Shirley Fang '18 did a collaborative performance piece to explore space, voices, and fluidity. While Black wrote his poem, Fang drew her thoughts.

For the opening of the exhibition, Christian Black ’18 and Shirley Fang ’18 created a collaborative performance piece to explore space, voices and fluidity. While Black wrote his poem, Fang drew her thoughts.

Shirley Fang '18 exhibited some of her abstract and conceptual pieces. This is part of her ongoing collection discussing bicultural identity. ​

Shirley Fang ’18 exhibited some of her abstract and conceptual pieces. This is part of her ongoing collection discussing bicultural identity. ​

Gandarv Chawla​ '17 did an illusionistic portrait of his friend.

Gandarv Chawla​ ’17 created an illusionistic portrait of his friend.

A timeline showing how students of color advocated for more representation and visibility on the Wesleyan campus, created by Katherine Puntiel ​ '19​.

A timeline showing how students of color advocated for more representation and visibility on the Wesleyan campus was created by Katherine Puntiel ​ ’19​.