Transforming Hate


Miguel Gullien, The Cooling Table

Join Us: Dec. 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. at Seton Gallery
Followed by the opening night of Crisis in Bucknall Theater

Curated By Katie Knight
In Conversation with Director, Laura Marsh

Explore creative ways to engage in conversations about race in the U.S. The exhibition represents 39 artists of various nationalities and races, which focuses on the process of community building and social recovery. Issues of police brutality, targeted acts of violence, and 16-years of school shootings are at the forefront of U.S. consciousness. Speaking Volumes extends a hand to artists, asking them to intervene and react to white supremacist books. Some deconstruct by omitting or adding to the texts, others transform the books into delicate forms. Each artist seems to be asking, as a nation, how can we promote diversity and positive change in response to the recent-past? Speaking Volumes is a seven-year traveling exhibition; it continues to become more relevant as it travels to us from Iowa, and we will welcome it before it departs in February for NY.
As a University of New Haven Cultural Center, Seton Gallery, extends her arms to promote positive change. I encourage you to respond to and be in dialogue with the past by accepting others in the present.

The story of Speaking Volumes began in 2003 when the Montana Human Rights Network in Helena, Montana, acquired more than 4,000 copies of white supremacist books from a defecting leader of one of the most virulent hate groups in the nation. The Human Rights Network, through a partnership with the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, implemented its vision of transforming the books into works of art with a positive message. Katie Knight, the Curator of education at the Holter Museum, used her twenty-five years of experience in social justice, art, and education to guide the community partnership as they developed Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. As ongoing curator and manager of the exhibition, she continues to provide logistical and programming support to all museums and galleries that host the exhibition.

Participating artists:

Neal Ambrose-Smith
Dana Boussard
Ariana Boussard-Reifel
John Buck
Nick Cave
Kristin Casaletto
Enrique Chagoya
Lei Curtis
Jack Davis
Jane Waggoner Deschner
Stephen Glueckert
Jean Grosser
Miguel Guillen
Charles Gute
Valerie Hellerman
Time Holmes
Marilyn Humphries
Lisa Jarret
David Kamm
Maria Karametou
Lucinda Luvaas
Billie Lynn
Robbie McClaran
Marc Morris
Shelly Murney
Ryan Sara Murphy
Richard Notkin
Ellen Ornitz
Faith Ringgold
Jim Riswold
Barbara Romain
Scott Schuldt
Clarissa Sligh
Tim Speyer
Sara Steele
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Cathy Weber Valetta


City-Wide Open Studios

Tim Danforth Performing for CWOS 2012

Artspace’s City-Wide Open Studios is an annual fall program where artists from across Connecticut are invited to exhibit their work. As the Seton Gallery Director, I coordinate faculty and students within the University of New Haven Art & Design Department to install a one-weekend durational exhibition. The experience of installing 100 + artworks in a week, talking about one’s body of work, and de-installing after two days prepares students for collaborating with non-profit galleries, working in unfamiliar spaces, and presenting cohesive exhibitions with a fast turnaround. We have exhibited at The Goffe Street Armory for two years in a row and the old New Haven Register building.  Thousands of visitors and over 350+ artists participate each year in this exhibition. We have exhibited at The Goffe Street Armory for two years in a row and the old New Haven Register building. Thousands of visitors and over 350+ artists participate each year in this exhibition.

The massive brick armory was commissioned in 1927 and dedicated in 1930. Local dances were held there in the 1950’s and 60’s. Boat and auto shows have also convened on the armory’s colossal parade floor. The building was last used to house two National Guard units and has also been home to the historic New Haven Foot Guard. The Foot Guard’s musical units continued to use the armory to rehearse until 2009 when the building was closed. New plans for the armory are being discussed between the Dixwell community and the city, led by a committee of the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Dreams for the space include a youth center, bowling alley, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and more.