From Sept. 8 through Oct. 19, Meredith’s art department will be hosting the exhibit “Alyssa Hinton: Spiritual Awakening — Native Roots & Culture.” The exhibit will be available in the Gaddy-Hamrick Weems Art Gallery; weekday hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while weekend hours will range from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit highlights artist Alyssa Hinton’s perspective regarding her Indigenous Tuscarora and Osage ancestry, as well as themes of inner restoration. To quote the Meredith website, “Hinton illustrates a theme of cultural regeneration through her unique southeastern Native American imagery. Her work is a provocative portrayal of the folklore and history surrounding her roots, utilizing tradition and vision with a contemporary edge.”
Although the event will be free and open to the public, guests will be expected to follow all COVID-19 protocols; including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Visitors will be asked to complete a Campus Clear screening at the front gate with campus security prior to attending the event.
Hinton will also be featured as the visiting artist and keynote speaker for this year’s Mercer-Kesler lecture on Sept. 24, 2020. The Mercer-Kesler lecture will be held as a Zoom webinar from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by a registration-only reception in the Weems Gallery from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception registration link can be found here, while the Zoom webinar link will be posted closer to the event date.
By Hannah Porter, Staff Writer