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News Bites: Drawing Professor’s ArtPrize 2014 entry wins $1,000 award from ACLU

Posted September 23, 2014 in FacultyNews BitesDrawing

Drawing Professor Deborah Rockman has won a $1,000 award from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Fountain Street Church for her ArtPrize 2014 entry, a piece entitled The Space Between Us (15).

The Space Between Us by Deborah Rockman"The Space Between Us (15)" by Deborah Rockman

The piece is one of 28 different artworks on display in Fountain Street Church’s ArtPrize 2014 exhibition, “Art to Change the World: Inspiring Social Justice,” which explores and commemorates the role of art as a catalyst for social and economic justice. Every entry in the exhibition was eligible for both the ACLU award and a separate Social Action Award. The winners were determined through a juried process.

In her artist statement, Rockman explains that her piece grapples with the contemporary media’s blurring of the lines between the benign and malignant aspects of our world, critiquing the way in which images of happiness and prosperity are seamlessly blended with those that reveal the harsher truths of pain, suffering, and loss.

Judges Jane Goei, Executive Vice President of Eastern Floral, and Norwood Viviano, an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Grand Valley State University praised Rockman’s work in a joint statement, writing that they were intrigued by the way her piece “blurred the contradictions between the idealized and the truth.”

Read more about Deborah Rockman and The Space Between Us (15) here.