The Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) and School of Art are pleased to announce the exhibition, Right to Decide: International Poster Exhibition at the HEC Gallery, located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. The show will be on exhibit Monday, September 26th – October 7th. The Opening Reception and Lecture will be September 26,2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. From 5:30- 6:30 pm in Haynes Hall Room 216 (accessed through the gallery) President Waded, MT Secretary of State, Linda McCulloch, and curator of the exhibition, Eric Boelts will speak about voting and the exhibition. The reception for the show will then follow in the HEC Gallery. Forward Montana will have representatives registering people to vote and talk to gallery attendees about the voting process. H’ordeuvres will be served, along with a cash bar.
Posters Without Borders is an invitational exhibition is organized by Eric Boelts, Antonio Castro, and Erin Wright. The mission of Posters Without Borders is to present work by artists from all over the world exploring social and political issues. This particular exhibition features 62 artists from 25 countries, including some of the most respected poster artists in the world. Including Eden Rodriguez, Elmer Sosa.
Eric Boelts, co-curator of the exhibition describes the philosophy behind the poster show:
At the core of our ‘human-ness’ is the capability for rational thought that allows us to make decisions about the exterior forces that impact our lives. Also at the core of our human-ness is the ability to create and appreciate art. Combining these elements resulted in The Right To Decide Exhibition.
This non-partisan, political inquiry examines, on a global scale, how choosing our leaders, laws, and modes of government is an innate human right.
“We are pleased to be collaborating with members of the community bringing awareness to voting rights,” says show organizer Bruce Barnhart, MSU School of Art faculty member. Forward Montana, a voter advocacy group partnering with the show, will have voter registration boxes at the Helena E. Copeland Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Small satellite exhibitions will be staged throughout the Gallatin Valley as a way to engage all members of the community.
“The Right To Decide” exhibition opening event is September 26th at 5:30 P.M. with gallery opening from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. MSU President Waded Cruzado and MT Secretary of State Linda McCulloch will speak. Eric Boelts, one the show’s curators, will be present to talk about political visualizations and the conception of the show. Forward Montana will have representatives present to answer questions on voting registration and the voting process. Further discussions concerning voting rights will be facilitated by members of MSU’s Political Science Department. Light refreshments will be provided at the opening reception.
The exhibition runs September 24th- October 7th at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. The Gallery is located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, on the MSU campus, across from the Duck Pond. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. This exhibition is free and open to the public.