Remember Me: a request, a question, an instruction, a hope, a comfort, a fear, and the theme for the 2019 Juried Visual Art Exhibition for the Festival's 60th anniversary. Fifty-two works of art by 39 artists–selected through a blind jury process from over 500 submissions and 300 artists–are driven by the basic human desire to be acknowledged, accepted, represented, and remembered. To pay homage, to feel connected and seen while we exist, to feel a potential for something to remain when we cease—these feelings can comfort, ground, and drive us while serving as fertile ground for art making.
Visit this exhibition on the 4th floor of the Trust Arts Education Center and see the room filled with representational paintings and photographs of a range of the human form: a beautiful cherry log in concrete with a pewter crack called Remembrance, long fabric forms hanging down that speak to the notion of faith, a quilt of silhouetted women profiles that began from a silhouette of an enslaved American named Flora, large sculptures of repurposed materials, delicate ceramics, and emotive abstract paintings and collages. With titles like Touch, Voice, Drifting Apart, But I Am Always Here With You, and Mother’s Talk, these artists examine the personal and relational. The exhibition as a whole is unabashedly sentimental, a moving survey of how art can explore the basis of humanness.