3 Pieces of Student Artwork from “Beloved: There is no exchange for love”

See this artwork and more at the Beloved art show! Opening reception March 4, 6-8pm at Lightwell Gallery (Fred Jones Center.) Exhibit runs March 2-18.


The Good Part

Gina Butler
Acrylic on paper, collage.

The chaotic collage speaks of the trauma a trafficked woman may carry inside her on a daily basis, but her shoulders and neck speak to her dignity. It is important to remember that victims of trafficking are whole people, even in their pain. The sad irony of men who traffic or solicit trafficked women is in the fact that they want to tear open women, emotionally and sometimes physically, to have a sexual relationship with them which they believe is the good part. But all the while they completely dismiss the real best thing which is gained from striving to know a woman for who she is. A woman’s whole identity, which is greater than her sexual identity, is the real good part.




Elise Gordon
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Heartthrob explores the unique nature of humanity to create and love. We are born into a world constructed by the past – forces of evil are largely beyond our control. In fact, human trafficking still denies thousands of women and children freedom in the United States. This cruel and insidious industry violates our fundamental instincts by quantifying the value of human life. Yet one of the most extraordinary – and unquantifiable – aspects of humanity is our willpower to change the world for the better. Our aspirations for justice transcend the raw structures that give us consciousness. Compassion defines the human experience – our beating hearts are stronger than the environment surrounding us.




Mycah Higley

Acrylic on canvas board.

Skin is the organ that covers our bodies, it is protection, separation, and appearance. We are identified only by what our skin allows. Our beauty is not only characterized by our skin but what it covers. Whether our coverings are clear and soft, patchy and bruised, or a mixture of both, the humans underneath them are all significant in their individual beliefs, ideas, and thoughts. Human beings are more than any physical currency. Popular culture places a monetary importance on appearance. Human trafficking, in particular, takes advantage of this obsession with sex, beauty, and cash by damaging more than just the skin that is being used, but also the loveliness underneath. ­­


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

Beloved team

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