Joe Wardwell, (American, b. 1972), Out of Kindness I Suppose, 2019-21, Acrylic on canvas, 38 x 60 in., The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, Gift of Barbara ‘68 and Theodore ‘68 Alfond. 2021.1.35
September 17, 2022 - May 14, 2023

Art Encounters

One Act of Kindness: A World of Difference

In tandem with the 2022-2023 Rollins College Common Read theme, empathy and compassion, this exhibition examines the ways in which artistic creation encourages reflection and action. By sharing personal anecdotes as well as exploring historical events, the artists included in the selection consider ways to relate to others’ experiences. Works by Guillermo Galindo, Patrick Martinez, Monte Olinger, and Joe Wardwell draw attention to the importance of putting oneself in others’ shoes and seeing the world through a lens different than our own. In doing so, we create connections, build empathy, and develop a deeper understanding of those around us. The works on view invite us to reflect on how we relate to others as well as on acts of kindness that, however small, can often have a significant impact on those who receive them.

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Patrick Martinez, (American, b. 1980), Then They Came For Me, 2016, Neon, 20 1/2 x 26 x 3 in., Gift of Susan and Bob Battaglia and Margie Pabst Steinmetz and Chuck Steinmetz
Monte Olinger, (American, b. 1958), St. John's Sunset, 2012, Acrylic wash and mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 in. , The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond, 2013.34.5. Image courtesy of the artist.

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