ST. PAUL — The visual and literary works of more than 30 Minnesotans who have been victims of crime and have used art as a means to explore, express or heal from their experiences are featured at the eighth annual Art of Recovery exhibition in St. Cloud.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Minnesota State Arts Board co-sponsor the exhibition, which runs Sept. 17 through Oct. 26 at the Atwood Gallery in the Atwood Memorial Center at 651 1st Avenue South. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. –5 p.m. The public is invited to an artists’ reception at 12 noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Atwood Lounge.
Art of Recovery artists and writers were invited to exhibit work that reflects their reactions to a range of victim experiences including murder, kidnapping, assault, rape, arson, molestation and domestic abuse. This year’s artists are residents of the Twin Cities Metro area, Crookston, Duluth, Marine on St. Croix and Red Wing.
“Art of Recovery allows individuals a creative means to express themselves and educate the public about the challenges victims face in the aftermath of a crime,” says Jeri Boisvert, OJP executive director. “Every victim of crime deserves to be provided with supportive, victim-centered services to help recover and deal with long-lasting issues.”
The St. Cloud exhibition is arranged in partnership with the University Program Board Visual Arts Committee. Other partners in St. Cloud include the Women’s Center at St. Cloud State University, Anna Marie’s Alliance, and the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center.
"The Atwood Gallery, along with our co-sponsors, invites the residents of St. Cloud and the surrounding area to attend this show, and perhaps to better understand the personal impact of violence through these works of art,” says Kim Haney, Visual Arts Coordinator. “We’re proud to host this powerful exhibition honoring the voices of survivors of crime.”
OJP provides leadership and resources to assist crime victims, reduce crime in Minnesota, and improve the criminal justice system.
The Minnesota State Arts Board is a state agency dedicated to making it possible for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. They host the Art of Recovery exhibition online at arts.state.mn.us/aor.