Photos capturing the Women’s History Month Charity Art Show, put on by UF’s Women’s Student Association. The free event featured a hygiene product collection drive for PACE Alachua, a school providing therapy and small-class instruction to at-risk young women. The organization held closing ceremonies Wednesday in the J. Wayne Reitz Union in room 2355 at 6 p.m.
Sarah Cantor, a graphic design major, talks with friends about the meaning behind her work. “Art carries your emotion and feelings,” Cantor said. “Art shows women what you say is valid and your work has meaning.” Cantor, 19, presented two set of art at the event, which juxtaposed women’s issues of consent and emotional security. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
Indira Bustamante, Women’s Student Association program event director, stands in front of her art contribution to the event. “It originally started as an ink medium, but I tore it up because I didn’t like it,” Bustamante, 21, said. She then transformed it into a piece that speaks for the sexualization of women in society.
Eugenia Blaubach, 20, took a photo of her photographed work from the Women’s March in Gainesville. She captioned it “I’m tired mommy. Me too honey, that’s why we’re here.” In a 2015 World Press Photo study, researchers found that women were less likely to be employed by large media companies (7%) compared to men (22%). Events like the art show are meant to show young girls that it is right to advocate for equality, Bustamante said. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
Students attended the event from 7-8 p.m. The Women’s Student Association has hosted events throughout Women’s History Month and has been collecting hygiene products for PACE Alachua. PACE is a school funded by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Alachua County School Board that specializes in intervention, prevention and diversion for girls ages 11-18. “We’ve almost doubled in size and we’re really hoping to have a clinic for our girls to have basic health care,” PACE Development Manager Becker Holland said. They accept outside funding and are working to grow their center to help girls in Alachua County. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
Britney Jenkins, 22, and Tessa Arthur, 22, look at Jenkins’s three-piece art display. “I really love abstract expressionism, so that’s the inspiration,” Jenkins said. As an advertising major with a concentration in art, Jenkins said she enjoys expressing her energy through her art. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
“I don’t get this one,” Aimee Leigh Monek, a UF pre-vet senior, said to her friend Alexis Ludovici, a UF public relations junior. “It’s art, you’re not supposed to get it,” Ludovici responded while looking through Marialejandra Gomez-Delgado’s nursery book art. The art pieces varied in mediums from graphic design, graphite and ink. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
The purpose of the event was to celebrate women artists, Bustamante said. Throughout the month, UF Women’s Student Association has hosted events to encourage women to talk about issues they face and how to create change for the future. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
Sharod Farmer, a freshman information systems major, dissects the mediums used to create Kayla Truxton’s black and white tree landscape. “I like black and white, and it makes me wonder what type of ink or charcoal she used for this,” Farmer said. (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)
About 25 people attended the event and discussed the meaning of each art piece. There were coasters with quotes from women’s rights figures like Benazir Bhutto, the first democratically elected female leader of Pakistan, which read: “Equal rights are not defined only by political value.” (Kathryn Farr/WUFT News)