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Renowned Artist Joins with Otterbein Students for Art Installation, #livewisdom

December 03, 2015
Otterbein University

Renowned Columbus-based street artist Stephanie Rond will be joining Otterbein students to install a collaborative art exhibition starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, on Otterbein’s campus. The installation will be on display through Monday, Dec. 7.

Students in Otterbein’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and Art Department are working in collaboration with Rond on the project.  Rond delivered a campus lecture on street art and gender politics and led two visioning sessions with the students who are participating in this project earlier in the semester.

The installation, #livewisdom, asks people to answer one simple question: what is the most important thing that life has taught you? The installation, #livewisdom, asks people to answer one simple question: what is the most important thing that life has taught you? Their answers, written on paper tags, will be combined to create the installation. 

The purpose of the project is to enlarge our understanding of what constitutes wisdom and who is allowed to have it. Students sought out the voices of persons who are not normally believed to be wise or in a position to share valuable insights—for instance children and adolescents, queer and transgender people, people of color, people who have few resources and little wealth, and stay-at-home mothers.

“The world—and often academic culture—tends to value knowledge, privilege experts and prioritize ‘expertise.’  But sometimes we neglect the role that lived experience—as well as personal and collective forms of adversity—play in shaping what we know.  The living of life teaches us things too—and we wanted this public installation to acknowledge that,” said Assistant Professor Tammy Birk, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.  

Through the social action of installing the exhibit, Rond and the students will try to democratize the conception of wisdom—what counts as wisdom, who gets to express or articulate it, and how do we access wisdom?

The #livewisdom tags (recognizable as yellow tags) will be available for members of the Otterbein community to both take and create.  We will have a station for students, faculty, and staff to make tags that they can join to existing installations on campus.

“It is our hope that this project will be a source of reflection and uplift at the end of the semester, showcase a wide variety of voices and insights, create a visually impactful installation that will privilege movement and color, and encourage the campus community to think together about the wisdom gained from lived experience,” said Birk. 

Rond is a Columbus, Ohio, based street artist. She attended Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Ohio State University. Recently her solo show Dangerous Impermanence was awarded one of the Best Exhibits of 2014 in the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Alive. Rond also represented all of North America in “She’s a Leader,” a street art project created by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society based in Paris, France. Rond is the director of the Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library and a curator for organizations such as the Columbus Cultural Arts Center and the Pages Program at Wexner Center for the Arts. In addition, she is co-founder of Creative Arts of Women (CAW), founder of the website Women Street Artists and owns several galleries.  

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