The inaugural exhibit took place in 2006 in McAllen, Texas as a collaboration between local artists, and the Women's Studies Committee's conference at South Texas College. The conference and artwork addressed the topic of women in war and provided an opportunity for scholars, artists, students and the community to examine the topic from various points of view and media. The following year In 2007 the conference and art exhibition focused on sex trafficking, then human trafficking in 2008. In 2010, exhibit coordinator made the decision to broaden the exhibit topic to "human rights" in order to include more artists who's work examine and advocate for issues relating to human rights.
The purpose of the Human Rights Art Exhibit is to serve as an educational event, as well as providing a creative outlet for artists to address global and regional human rights, social justice and environmental issues. From 2006-2015 the juried annual exhibit was based at South Texas College. However, the exhibition or permanent collection has also traveled for exhibits to the University of Texas Pan American, Texas Tech University, the International Museum of Art and Science, the University of Ottawa, Canada, the Universidad de Monterrey, and the Progreso Art Gallery, Mexico. The last "annual" exhibit took place in spring 2015 and coincided with the Human Trafficking/Labor Conference that was held at South Texas College. This important conference was an essential part of the exhibit‘s planning for the first 10 years, whereas both venues collaborated to bring awareness to human rights issues and encourage contemplation, refection and activism.
As the exhibit transitions to a biennial format based in California, the purpose, collaborative spirit and interdisciplinary nature of the event remains the same. Through the exhibit’s conceptually and aesthetically unique artwork I hope artists will connect with viewers on an emotional and personal level, and open both internal and external dialogues to promote equality, respect and dignity for all humans.
Richard Lubben, Exhibit Coordinator
Virtual Exhibition of the 2020 Human Rights Selection
(Artist Statements) Click on the thumbnail image gallery at the bottom of the page to read the artist statements and learn more about the themes, artists, and creative process. To see the images in a larger format without the statements please see the slide show directly below.
The juried exhibition was scheduled run from April 13-June 26, 2020 at the College of the Sequoias library art space in Visalia, California. Because of the COVID-19 health crisis and state stay at home orders the physical exhibition has been postponed until further notice, with the hopes of a new opening date in the late summer or early fall. More information about this possibility will be forthcoming as the situation evolves. Below you will find a virtual exhibition of the accepted artwork, with artist statements in the thumbnail gallery to give viewers an insight into the subject matter.
2020 Environment Art Exhibition, College of the Sequoias
If you would like to help support our continued efforts to educate and engage our community and viewers in human rights, social justice and environmental issues by being a sponsor you can make a monetary donation to the College of the Sequoias Foundation. Please contact the exhibit coordinator Richard Lubben to discuss how you can help.
Office phone at the College of the Sequoias: (559) 730-3735
Human Rights Art Exhibition
Examining the intersection of art, human rights, social justice and environmental issues