Student art exhibit inspired by Cuba.

January 30, 2020

 Student art exhibit inspired by Cuba.

VICTORY TOWNSHIP — West Shore Community College is hosting an exhibition of student works at the college’s Manierre Dawson Gallery titled “Inspired by Cuba: Student Works.”

Students participating in the exhibition are students from the college, ASM Tech Early College High School, Mason County Central High School, and Pentwater High School.

The student works were produced at workshops presented as part of the humankind event series exploring Cuba and its unique culture. The Cuban revolution brought about a new way of thinking and, with that, a new and experimental visual language. In these workshops, students were exposed to a visual culture which cherishes breaking the boundaries of various media such as books and posters. 

The books were created in a book-making workshop with Cuban-American author Prof. Ruth Behar. She presented a series of unique handmade books produced by Cuban artist Rolando Estévez. Students, using Estévez’s works as inspiration, made their own poetry books. 

The posters were created in a poster-making workshop with journalist and researcher Elisa Schoenberger. She presented on the visual language and history of Cuban solidarity posters, asking, “Who or what cause are you in solidarity with?” Each student, using Cuban posters as inspiration, picked a topic and made a poster reflecting their solidarity with their own personal cause.  

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