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Ohio Wesleyan Gallery Exhibit Explores Body Image Issues
‘Alterations’ Project on Display through March 17 in Beeghly Library’s Gallery 2001

February 10, 2011

Works such as this will be included in the ‘Alterations’ exhibit.
Photo courtesy of Birgit Gehrt
DELAWARE, OH – An art exhibit that explores issues of identity, body image, and self-esteem will be on display from Feb. 19 through March 17 in Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gallery 2001 in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The “Alterations” exhibit is featured in conjunction with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, held from Feb. 20 through Feb. 26.

“Alterations” was created by Birgit Gehrt, who collaborated with constituents of The Body Positive, a California-based organization that creates educational programs designed to transform individual and societal beliefs about weight, body image, and identity. Its mission is to teach people of all ages the common-sense tools and creative strategies necessary to become free from body hatred and self-destructive eating and exercise behaviors.

The exhibit is sponsored by the OWU Chapter of Active Minds (a student-run mental health organization that promotes on-campus mental health awareness, education, and advocacy), the OWU Psychology Department, and the Richard M. Ross Art Museum.

“Eating disorders are, unfortunately, prevalent in the college student population,” said senior Andrea Hatfield, president of OWU Active Minds. “I hope this exhibit will encourage students to critically examine their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves.”

This exhibit features 15 clothing and accessory items that have been transformed into sculptural garments. Poetry about various pieces is also on display. The garment sculptures are transformed through sewing, altering, and embroidering.

Gallery 2001 hours through May 9 are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Please note that during OWU’s spring break the library will be closed weekends on March 5-6 and March 12-13, be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and resume regular hours at 8 a.m. March 14.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan earned a 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in General Community Service, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.