Traffik 2017, an exhibit featuring works of art with the theme of human trafficking, will be on display in the Viterbo University Gallery Wednesday, Aug. 30–Friday, Sept 29.
A reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 7:30–9 p.m. A program featuring an address by Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, chair of the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery, will begin at 8 p.m. A survivor of human trafficking will also speak. An awards ceremony for works in the exhibit will conclude the program.
The artwork in the exhibit was submitted by various artists and was chosen by a panel. Traffik 2017 is designed to complement the emphasis on human trafficking at this year’s La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference. It supports the efforts of the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery and its mission to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking globally, nationally, and locally.
“We invited artists from across the country to respond to the issue of human trafficking, and to interpret this theme in its broadest sense,” said Sherri Lisota, art. “We juried in works that imply an introspective response to human trafficking and the issues around it. Human trafficking has touched the lives of the artists represented in this show, through their compassion, their sense of duty, and their own personal circumstances. The energy surrounding the show is palpable, and we hope that each visitor will be touched by these works.”
There is no admission fee to the gallery, which is located on the third floor of the Viterbo Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. when school is in session.
The image is Dark Cities by artist Anna Lucille Strunk.