Chicago, IL September 2013 – The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions is an exhibition that calls attention to ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year—yet aren’t considered crimes. This approachable yet provocative fine art exhibition debuts at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, with an opening reception for the public on Thursday, October 10 from 5:15 to 8:15 PM.
Charles Gniech is the curator of the exhibition, which features 38 pieces of fine art—in a variety of mediums—representing several prominent artists. “The pieces selected for this exhibition are intriguing—with many levels of interpretation. Conscious of the human rights issues outlined by Executive Producer, Cheryl Jefferson, I selected beautiful imagery that contains multiple levels of meaning. Most of the pieces were not created specifically for this show, yet they were chosen because the content alludes to the issues at hand. Each piece has its own voice but the viewer will bring their own interpretation…,” says Charles Gniech. Gniech has curated numerous fine art exhibitions - many with an emphasis on social justice. A sought after guest curator, art consultant, and award-winning painter, he exhibits at the national level while teaching at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
The Art of influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions is a visual exploration of human rights. The exhibition is designed to begin a dialogue and raise consciousness, which is the first step toward preventing the continuation of these horrifying acts.
The unique setting—in one of Chicago’s premiere law schools—puts the shadowy topics of honor killing, child marriage, acid violence, and more, directly in front of current and future law makers.
“I applaud the exhibit’s innovative use of art to illuminate and raise awareness of vexing human rights issues…,” says Harold J. Krent, Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law. “There is no question that artistic expression is one way we can prompt dialogue for greater tolerance in our world.”
“The global reach of these complex behaviors extends to the United States,” adds exhibit executive producer, Cheryl Jefferson, a participant in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “The exhibit allows us to take the first step toward change and to support the legal evolution that can only come from within other cultures and our own.”
The exhibition includes fine art by: James Deeb (Evanston, IL), Sheila Ganch (Chicago, IL), Andrea Harris (Chicago, IL), Paula Kloczkowski Luberda (Naperville, IL), Richard Laurent (Chicago, IL), Zoriah Miller (New York, NY, Paris, France), Nancy Rosen (Chicago, IL), Lorraine Sack (Indianapolis, IN), Valerie Schiff (Chicago, IL), Barbara Simcoe (Omaha, NE), and Anne Smith Stephan (Wilmette, IL)
The Art of influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions will be on display through February 3. Previews begin on October 7th. A public Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, October10 from
5:15-8:15pm. The gallery is located on the 3rd floor of the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, located at
565 West Adams Street in Chicago [the corner of Adams and Jefferson]. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday 7:30am-11pm, Friday 7:30am-9:30pm, and Saturday 8:30am- 6pm. Most of the pieces included in the exhibition are available for purchase. Additional information can be found at BreakingCriminalTraditions.com.