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Impact 2022: Art that Bears Witness

Exhibit: May 20 – June 30, 2022 at Bethany Arts Community

IMPACT 2022: Art that Bears Witness

Bethany Arts Community
is pleased to present
Impact 2022: Art that Bears Witness
on display May 20 – June 30, 2022

Gallery Hours:
M-F 10am – 4pm
W May 25, Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 10am-7:30pm
Sat. May 28, Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, 10am-3pm


May 20 @ 6pm

Exhibit Opening

Jun 8 @ 6:30pm

Lecture by Marcy B Freedman: When Artists Shout

Participating artists in this exhibition include John Ahearn, Lizzy Alejandro, Laura Alvarez, Dotty Attie, Shahaan Azeem, Aileen Bassis, Edward Bear Miller, Stacy Bogdonoff, Michele Brody, Suzanne Broughel, Aleathia Brown, Serge Bulat, Maryanne Buschini, Kevin Byrd, Brett De Palma, Nicky Enright, Patricia Espinosa, Jennifer Figueroa, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Angela Fremont, Susan Grabel, Alyssa Herrera, Susan Hoeltzel, Monique Islam-Salas, Kyung Jeon, Carla Rae Johnson, David Kalal, Anne LaFond, Elaine Luther, Katrina Majkut, Cecilia Mandrile & Lynn Bechtold, Tali Margolin, Mary McFerran, Fani Miller-Beard, Marilyn Miller, Traci Mims, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Tomo Mori, Taeesha Muhammad, Linda Negrin, James Offenhartz, Tom Otterness, Kristi Pfister, Carol Reed, Nelson Santiago, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Nia Simone, Arle Sklar-Weinstein, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, Lynn Tomlinson, Keil Troisi, Karen Viola, Tammy Wofsey, Marcia G. Yerman.

Juanita Lanzo, Curator  IMPACT 2022: Art that Bears Witness
The exhibition has been curated by Juanita Lanzo, a visual artist, art director, educator and independent curator working in the Bronx and living in East Harlem.

This exhibition is a part of Bethany’s Season of Justice, a series of programs that endeavor to deepen our understanding of some of today’s most pressing societal issues.

A note from the Executive Director:

We began planning for this exhibition almost a year ago with a series of conversations with a small group of artists and individuals who care deeply about the challenges of our time, and about making the communities we live in better, more empathetic places. At that time, the pandemic, racism – more specifically the Black Lives Matter movement – and criminal justice were the issues consuming media attention. Today, the war in Ukraine and the devastating loss of life weigh heavily. While the artists’ work in this show was submitted and selected before war broke out, it is hard not to believe that artists will once again play a vital role to bear witness to the horrors playing out in Ukraine and move people to take some small action to document and address the tragedy that is unfolding. They are our clarion callers.

 Thank you to Kevin Byrd, Bonnie Bradley, Marilyn Miller, Rochelle Udell and Henry Welt for their commitment, passion, and expertise in shaping this exhibition. Without their belief in Bethany and their many hours of help, this exhibition would not be possible. Finally, we are deeply grateful for Juanita Lanzo’s care and expertise in curating this exhibit.

 – Abigail Lewis, Executive Director, Bethany Arts Community


IMPACT 2022: Art that Bears Witness presents the work of a diverse group of artists working in a wide variety of media that challenge us to (re)consider some of society’s toughest issues.

Through the ages, artists have used their creativity to call to action, protest, support, attest, and provoke lasting and meaningful change. Ranging from abstract to more figurative work, from personal to more universal, from literal to more poetic, the artworks in this exhibition invite and engage us to be aware of inequities and systemic institutionalized practices that are racist and oppressive, and that can be abolished.

The works in this exhibition confront issues of racism and discrimination by gender, class and immigration status, and raise awareness of reproductive rights, public health and access, and environmental issues. The artists’ books, collages, drawings, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture, and video boldly, directly, meditatively, and at times with humor, ask us to participate in and take on these timely conversations that are rapidly evolving in the midst of a pandemic, global warming, displacement due to wars and violence, and polarizing ideologies.

This exhibition is especially powerful and unique because of the mix of artists being represented. Selected works represent well-known artists, such as Dotty Attie, John Ahearn and Tom Otterness, alongside pieces by artists who are self-taught and emerging, who have been in one or two gallery shows, and artists with much longer artistic resumes.

Not only does the artwork challenge us to (re)consider some of society’s toughest issues of the day, but the show itself provokes us to reconsider how we create exhibitions. We invite the visitor to reflect on the mix of artists being represented and perhaps to question what we all miss in traditionally curated exhibitions.

While the exhibition tackles some of today’s most pressing challenges, it is also hopeful. As Nia Simone wrote so eloquently in her submission while “Racism is a public health crisis”, it’s also a mental health crisis. … “Blended” [captures the] variety of communities [that] come together to fight the same cause.”

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