Oct. 20: Artist Sherrill Roland to Speak in Art & Change Lecture

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ostrander Auditorium

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Art & Design will host artist Sherrill Roland (pictured) as the first speaker in the premier of the department’s Art and Change Lecture Series this fall.

The new series, intended to be an annual event, aims to amplify voices of significant artists, scholars and thinkers, whose work pushes the boundaries of art in insightful ways.

Roland will give a free public lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Minnesota State Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium, located in the University’s Centennial Student Union. The lecture will also be available on Zoom.

Zoom log-in: https://minnstate.zoom.us/j/97917877528
Meeting ID: 979 1787 7528
Passcode: Roland

The Department of Art & Design provided the following biography on Roland:

“Inspired by his experience in prison for a crime he did not commit, Roland founded The Jumpsuit Project to raise awareness around issues related to mass incarceration. Roland was born in Asheville, N.C., received an MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is the recipient of numerous awards. As an interdisciplinary artist, Roland creates work that challenges ideas around controversial social and political constructs, and generates a safe space to process, question and share.”

Roland will also lead an Oct. 19 workshop, titled “Community Contracts,” for the Minnesota State Mankato campus community. During the workshop, he will ask members of the campus community to engage with questions about the public’s responsibility toward their neighbors. According to the Department of Art & Design, the exercise is intended as a vehicle toward building safer communities and to raise one’s consciousness toward another person’s perspective, based on an individual’s life experience and social positioning.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art & Design at Minnesota State Mankato by phone at 507-389-6412.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Art & Design is part of the University’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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