Lee College in Baytown, TX, organized an exhibit drawn from the permanent human rights art collection at South Texas College back in April of 2012. It was called Discouraged Dialogs — Human Rights, Borders, War Zones and Bodies:
Lee College Human Rights Art Exhibition and Symposium.
Artwork is featured in this video – can you recognize my pieces? They are in color and I haven’t worked much in color for some time… I miss it!
In any case, it’s one of the few collections in the country dedicated to human rights, with special emphasis on border issues. Here is the official description of the event:
The Human Rights Art Exhibition and Symposium at Lee College in Baytown, TX, on April 26, 2012, will serve as an educational event and address global and regional human rights concerns. The exhibit has been held at several locations, including the University of Texas Pan American, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, Progreso Art Gallery, Mexico and South Texas College, McAllen, Texas. This exhibition will draw attention to war zones as both literal and metaphoric spaces involving people coping with issues of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, militarism, and economics. In addition, the events will address the way arts integrate these issues in complex, multilayered, and vivid forms. Sponsored by English instructor and folklorist David Ensminger and art instructor and practitioner Jennifer Herzberg, the conference will also feature a month-long exhibition of related work at the Lee College Art Gallery. As an event open to the public, the exhibit and symposium aim to illuminate human rights issues and encourage contemplation, reflection, and activism that seek to connect viewers on an emotional and personal level to the issues at stake. Furthermore, participants hope to encourage dialogues, confront the many horrors and injustices still found in our modern world, and draw attention to unique problems found in the nearby border region of the U.S. and Mexico.