The LMS art teacher’s work has been juried into an exhibition of Black Lives Matter artwork
Two pieces of artwork by LMS art teacher Ciara Bedingfield have been selected for an online exhibition, “WE PROTEST!” at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Mosely Gallery.
The works, titled, “I Can’t Breathe, Remembering Breonna Taylor” and “Justice for George Flyod,” were juried into the exhibition, a collection of artists’ responses to the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibit is on display at www.moselygallery.com from September 28 through October 22.
The pieces were selected from a series of work Bedingfield created over the summer along that theme. “I was encouraged by [Sacred Heart’s] anti-bias and anti-racist readings and training I participated in over the summer,” said Bedingfield.
“I channel my emotions through my artwork, so I felt it important to make some protest art, which I have reproduced and shared with my community. Being part of an online exhibition will allow my work to dialogue with others and share the call to action.”
Bedingfield’s expertise is incorporated into her instruction at SHS. Last summer, she established an exhibition of student artwork on campus celebrating Black History Month, in which students drew inspiration from current and historic Black icons.
“My aim is to inspire students to be informed, responsible, and compassionate members of society. Through art, young people can express values, concerns, and effect positive change,” said Bedingfield.