Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibition curator speaks Oct. 3 at CAH
The LCSC Center for Arts & History (CAH) presents guest speaker Katie Knight as part of the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate speakers series. Knight's talk will take place Thursday, October 3, starting at 4:00 p.m. at CAH. Knight is the curator of the exhibition which is currently showing at the CAH.
A rare opportunity for transformation arose in Montana in 2004. A defecting leader of the "Creativity Movement" - one of the most virulent white supremacist hate groups in the nation - presented the Montana Human Rights Network with 4000 volumes of their "bibles," books promoting extreme anti-Semitic, racist ideologies. The directors of the Network invited human rights activist, artist, and educator Katie Knight to use the books to make an art project that would stimulate dialogue and public engagement with social justice issues.
Knight accepted the challenge and spent three years curating the thought-provoking exhibition she titled Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. Artists across the nation were invited to create work that responded to, integrated, and transformed the hate books. Knight led a team of community members, artists, and museum staff as they organized integrated educational programs to support the exhibition at the Holter Museum of Art, where Knight was the Curator of Education. The exhibition, featuring work by nationally prominent and emerging artists, opened at the museum in Helena, Montana before traveling to 11 more venues across the state. The exhibition is now on its national tour and currently at the LCSC Center for Arts & History.
Katie Knight earned an MFA at the University of Minnesota, where she received the prestigious national Jacob Javits Fellowship to support her visual arts practice and the use of art within the context of human rights education. Knight earned a MAEd at Northern Michigan University, and a BA at Hiram College. In addition to being a photographer, printmaker, and sculptor for 37 years, she has taught art to students of all ages in diverse cultural settings. At St. Louis Community College, she developed and directed the professional photography degree program. Currently she teaches art and photography at Helena High School and Carroll College. While serving for eight years as Curator of Education at the Holter Museum of Art, she developed the intercultural artists-in-residence program Cultural Crossroads, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and grew a museum education program that serves thousands of students annually.
The Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate speakers series is brought to the Center for Arts & History through sponsorships from: LCSC Continuing Education & Community Events, Shekirah Christian Community, and through grants from US Bancorp, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts.
The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Docent tours of the exhibition can be scheduled by calling the Gallery at 208.792.2243,
For more information about the exhibition, visit CAH or call 208.792.2243.