This inspiring initiative features the work of 125 artists, hand-selected by 20 prominent curators, to engage in a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist has transformed a simple, ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open community, a circle of care, and the alchemical vessel.
The bowl was selected as the fundamental element to symbolize a space where healing can take place - an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to us, and in this place of holding, we help transform those toxic elements into hope, wisdom and strength.
Special thanks to our invited curators: Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Jarvis Dubois, Monica Jahan Bose, Anne L'Ecuyer, Camille Mosley-Pasley, B.G. Muhn, Michael O'Sullivan, Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D., Michael Platt, Jennifer Riddell, Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Laura Roulet, Molly Ruppert, Terry Scott, Judy J. Sherman, Thomas Stanley, Nuzhat Sultan, Tim Tate, R.L. Tillman, & Dolly Vehlow.