Art sale to benefit Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Students ages 14 and older are invited to submit original work based on the question, “Can genocide be prevented? The two sides of human nature” for a show June 5 through July 3 at the Dzian Art Gallery, 65 Water St., which will benefit Clark University’s Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The show will be curated by “project eXodus,” an organization founded by Worcester-area artist and periodontist Dr. Elliot Salloway, DMD, and Manuel Schroeder, a photographer and artist from Berlin, Germany.
The art of Dr. Salloway and Schroeder will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Strassler Center. Student art will be displayed but not sold.
Dr. Salloway, a periodontist in Worcester for 49 years, is an avid painter and photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Miami Historical Museum, Worcester City Arts, Boston City Arts, The New Gallery in Boston, Panopticon Gallery in Boston and Waltham, Arts Worcester and the Davis Art Gallery.
He has three books being considered for publication, “Boston Haymarket Color – 250 Years,” “Keep the Faith,” and “The Mysterious Miami River.” He serves on the boards of the Photo Resource Center and Public Action for the Arts, both in Boston.
As a faculty member at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, he has used photography extensively as a teaching tool. His interest in photography began when he was nine years old, and started using his father’s Brownie box camera.
Dr. Salloway has had art training at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School and the Worcester Art Museum. He has practiced photography all over the world, including Cuba in the 1970s and in 2011, Paris in the 1980s, and the United States on his rafting adventures in the Grand Canyon and sailboat races up and down the East Coast. While traveling in Europe in 2010, he developed an interest in Manuel Schroeder’s art; the two decided to form project eXodus a little over a year ago.
Schroeder started his professional career in 1983 as photographer, painter and musician. He began to experiment and improvise with different visual and acoustic materials, and worked as a freelance photographer and designer in international advertising agencies in the 90s. Schroeder portrays urban life in his work, which makes use of photography, light and digital media. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in photo galleries and art museums (mostly in Germany and European countries) since 2001. Schroeder is founder and chief curator of Raumordnung, an international working art association.
Both Dr. Salloway and Schroeder share a passion for “educating through art” and, at the conclusion of the Worcester show, are planning similar shows focusing on the topic of genocide in Europe and in other parts of the world.
“More than 262 million people throughout the world were murdered as a result of genocides of the 20th century,” said Dr. Salloway. “We hope the young artists who participate in this show and members of the community who come to view the art will gain a better understanding of genocide and will be persuaded to serve as “rescuers” in, and help prevent, future genocides.”
Dr. Salloway selected the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as the recipient for the proceeds of the event because it offers the only doctoral program in the world for the study of genocide.
Students who wish to submit artwork may use any material or medium to express their reaction to the question, “Can genocide be prevented?” A committee of students, alongside Schroeder, will curate the exhibit, and will select images from teen artists for display.
The Dzian Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays through Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. The free exhibition can be viewed anytime during those hours.
To enter a piece of art, contact Dr. Salloway at 508-641-7738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is to educate undergraduate and graduate students about genocide and the Holocaust; to host a lecture series, free of charge and open to the public, to use scholarship to address current problems stemming from the murderous past; and to participate in public discussion about a host of issues ranging from the significance of state-sponsored denial of the Armenian genocide and well-funded denial of the Holocaust to intervention in and prevention of genocidal situations today.