Brian Borrello, Mississippi Valley, early 21c, 1996. Image courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. Full credit below.

Panel Discussion: Guns In The Hands of Artists

September 17, 2015
Steinberg Auditorium

View the video of the panel discussion.

In collaboration with Washington University's Office of the Provost, and in conjunction with Guns In The Hands of Artists, this panel discussion will feature gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara and artists Brian Borrello, who collaborated to mount the original exhibition. They will be joined by artists Ron Bechet and Margaret Evangeline, whose work is featured in the exhibition, and Bob Hansman, associate professor in the Sam Fox School, Gephardt Community Engagement Fellow, and prominent community activist. Moderator Terrell Carter, an artist, community developer, and former St. Louis City police officer, will lead a conversation on how the transformation of these once deadly weapons can create a space for poignant commentary, challenging viewers to think in a totally new way.

During the event, Saint Louis Story Stitchers artists and teens will present two new songs in a live premiere performance. The songs, entitled Not Another 1 and Gun Shots!!, were written and produced at the Stitchers Storefront Studio in the Loop District under the direction of Story Stitchers music director K.P. Dennis. In addition, as a tribute to the people lost to gun violence in the St. Louis community, Story Stitchers Collective member Mario Miles-Turnage, a violinist and music education major at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, will perform His Eye Is on the Sparrow, written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel.

As part of Washington University's year-long initiative Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis, the Sam Fox School hopes to engage partners and collaborators in taking a hard look at the serious, tragic public health consequences of gun violence in America. Through programs such as this panel discussion, individuals and communities will have unique opportunities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.

Image credit

Brian Borrello, Mississippi Valley, early 21c, 1996. Decomissioned 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun, stone, elk sinew binding, 9 x 20 x 12 inches, private collection. Image courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.