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“Portraits of Courage” Art Exhibit Debuts at STLCC-Wildwood

September 27, 2016

MacLaren Exhibit  

Phyllis MacLaren will exhibit her work in the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood Oct. 6-Nov. 17. The community is invited to attend a reception with the artist Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m.

MacLaren’s exhibit, “Portraits of Courage,” features a series of human rights paintings inspired by actual people. The Gallery of Contemporary Art is located on the third floor of STLCC-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public

“My art honors people around the world whose human rights have been violated,” MacLaren said. “My hope is that viewers will remember the names and be witness to the courage. The stories are humbling to those of us with the freedom to make choices.”

MacLaren is an exhibiting artist and art teacher in the St. Louis area.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s degree in art from Webster University.

She produced and exhibited large weavings as an art member and teacher at Craft Alliance. It was in that medium that her first political art was created -- a piece that supported the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment.

While an art teacher at University City High School, MacLaren taught and exhibited black-and-white photography and printmaking as well as fiber and studio art.  From her travels to India, China and Indonesia, she was inspired to create her “Message Series” of sculptural pieces about human rights.

Integral to this series were her writings within the art pieces. Her human rights series tells stories of actual people. She began working on the project in 2010, and today her series continues under the title “Portraits of Courage” This project entails extensive research on the person portrayed in her art, with words in both English and the subject’s language.

For more information about STLCC-Wildwood’s Gallery of Contemporary Art, contact Weber at mweber@stlcc.edu.