Beloved: There is no exchange for love

Beloved team

The team behind Beloved, from left to right: Eric Maille, Jacqueline Robertson, Gina Butler, and Mycah Higley (Photo by Jacob Cullum.)

Gina Butler, Mycah Higley, Eric Maille, and Jacqueline Robertson are art students organizing an anti-trafficking art exhibition called “Beloved: There is no exchange for love.”Beloved logo

The opening reception is March 4 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Lightwell Gallery in the Fred Jones Center. The show will run from March 2 to 18. Artists are mostly OU students, but some art comes from other sources.

Jane Hsi (premed student with art minor, Jacob Cullum)

Jane Hsi, premed student minoring in art. (Photo by Jacob Cullum.)

Human trafficking is a real horror in the modern world. Especially in cases of sex trafficking, there tends to be a lot of dark fascination around the subject without any action. Though it’s important to face the horrors of this issue head-on, this exhibition attempts to take the focus off of what traffickers do and put it towards what we should do in response to this problem.

Artists, including our artists at this exhibition, are powerful agents for change in culture.

They function as vision-casters for the future, encouraging cultural awareness and self-examination. The exhibition displays artwork in a variety of media that focuses on the theme of humanity and asks why human freedom is valuable.

Artwork will be for sale to raise money for the trafficking recovery organization Beautiful Dream Society. Larger scale artwork will be for sale for the duration of the exhibition, as well as smaller prints on the opening night. Help support the arts and anti-trafficking efforts by making a purchase or just enjoy the creative expressions of our students.

Gina Butler is a senior in the School of Art and Art History, working towards her BFA with a philosophy minor. She works in painting, drawing, printmaking, and graphic novels.


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