Sept. 19, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51, an initiative of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), is pleased to announce that its next exhibition, “SPECTRUM: Exploring Gender Identification,” will feature a wide range of art works – including paintings, photographs, videos and ceramic pieces – by 30 national and international artists who look at masculinity, femininity and gender identities between and outside of this binary.

The exhibition, which opens on Thursday, Sept. 27, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. in MCLA Gallery 51, features the work of 30 national and international artists selected from more than 160 submissions. This event is free and open to the public.

“This exhibition turns to the ability of artists to confront the status quo and critique cultural standards, providing a framework for discussion and change through visual arts,” said Arthur De Bow, curator of MCLA Gallery 51.

As an in-depth exploration, “SPECTRUM” will serve as an interdisciplinary hub for critically engaged thought at MCLA and throughout the greater community, De Bow said. BCRC staff will work throughout the exhibition on student-focused and public programming that is centered on the themes of the exhibition and several classes have built the exhibition into their syllabi.

According to MCLA Chief Diversity Officer Christopher MacDonald-Dennis, “As a raised working class queer man of color, I have thought critically about both gender roles and gender identity, especially as they intersect with race, class, gender expression, and other social identities. Doing so has allowed me to be who I really am and live a freer life. I am thrilled that, through this amazing exhibition, MCLA students will have an opportunity to find that same freedom.”

The exhibiting artists include Adam Atkinson (Greenville, N.C.), Katina Bitsicas (Columbia, Mo.), Bug Davidson (Austin, Texas), Alexandria Deters (Bronx, N.Y.), Lou Eberhard (New York, N.Y.), Elissa Rae Ecker (Bangkok, Thailand), Raul Gonzalez  (San Antonio, Texas), Kenneth Guthrie (Chicago, Ill.), Keavy Handley-Byrne (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Margaret Hart  (Weymouth), Everett Hoffman (Gaitlinburg, Tenn.), Kiana Honarmand (State College, Pa.) Katie Hovencamp (Bangor, Pa.), Vaughan Larsen (Milwaukee, Wis.), George Lorio (Rockville, Md.), John Manion (Albany, N.Y.), Cristopher Matthews (London, UK), Felicita Maynard (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Caitlin O'Brien (New York, N.Y.), Rachel O'Donnell (Los Angeles, Calif.), Kyle Quinn (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Sairo (Gainesville, Fla.), Shawn Rowe (Chicago, Ill.),  Abby Taylor (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Rachel Uhlir (New York, N.Y.), Mónica Vélez (Greenport, N.Y.) and Brea Weinreb (Oakland, Calif.)
“SPECTRUM” will be on view at MCLA Gallery 51 through Nov. 18. MCLA Gallery 51 is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. The gallery is open Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413-662-5320 or go to

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