“It Happened” – A group exhibition addressing the reality of sexual assault.

A group exhibition addressing the reality of sexual assault.

Curated by Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery

It Happened features local and national artists who create work on the issue of sexual violence. These works address the reality of rape and sexual assault on university campuses, k-12 schools and in communities regionally, nationally and around the world, some including very personal stories. This exhibition has been purposefully scheduled at the beginning of the school year, because this is the time period with the highest incidence of sexual assault and rape. As curators, our aim is to create a space for dialogue and new perspectives on this damaging subject with a desire to stop the behavior.

Exhibition dates: Monday, August 28 to Thursday, September 21, 2017, Monday - Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Location: George Caleb Bingham Gallery, A126 Fine Arts Center, Department of Art, University of Missouri-Columbia campus (corner of Hitt St and University Ave)

***A list of support services can be found in the gallery during the exhibition hours of Monday - Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or in a PDF at the bottom of this page.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 31, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia campus

* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.

Artists exhibiting include:
Luzene Hill, Traci Molloy, Melissa Kreider, Taylor Yocom, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Ricardo Santos Hernandez, Jillian Dickson, Maura Mchugh, Shannon May Mackenzie, Photovoice, Taylor Bailey, Haley Bordelon, Jordan Keller, Naeun Park, Jenny Brandt, Courtney Luer, Katina Bitsicas, and Lee Ann Woolery

Artist Talk: Tuesday, August 29, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm at 101 Swallow Hall, University of  Missouri-Columbia campus. Photographer Melissa Kreider will speak about her body of work:

* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event."Remnants: an investigation of the realities of sexual and domestic assault."

Curator Tour: Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery
Wednesday, September 13, 4:00 to 5:00 pm - George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.

Sponsor Talk: Wednesday, September 13, 5:30 -7:00 pm - Allen Auditorium, 110 Arts & Science Building, University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Speakers: Danica Wolf, Director, MU RSVP Center, Abigail Rolbiecki, Director of Photovoice project and others to be announced. 

* Support services will be provided by the RSVP Center during this event.

The statistics say that: 

  • One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).
  • 23% of undergraduate women are sexually assaulted while in college (Association of American Universities 2015).
  • One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old (National Sexual Violence Resource Center).

Sexual violence is a public issue:

  • Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by
    assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion) (from National
    Sexual Violence Resource Center).

Visit the exhibition to learn the personal stories that will move you beyond the statistics and connect you with real people and the impact of sexual violence on their lives, in our schools and communities.

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Sponsors:
University of Missouri (MU) Digital Storytelling Program, University of Missouri Extension, MU Art Department’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery, MU Women and Gender Studies Program, MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, MU School of Social Work, MU Women’s Center, MU RSVP Center, MU Counseling Center, and MU School of Social Work “Support services will be available at certain times during the exhibition and at other events for individuals who may experience distress from viewing exhibits at the event.” Check the website for specifics.

PDF of Support Services available in conjunction with this exhibition.