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“The Art of Labor,” an exhibit of selected works from the Bruce and Barbara Feldacker Collection, will open March 4 and run through April 1 in Gallery Visio at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. An opening reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. March 4 in the gallery, 170 Millennium Student Center at UMSL, One University Blvd. in Normandy, Mo.

“The Art of Labor” is the visual expression of the work that sustains our society: the skilled operation of machinery, the handwork of making lace, the hammering of bricks and the cutting of biscuits. The exhibit celebrates our common humanity, as well as the fascinating variety of where, how and why we work.

The artwork in this exhibit reveals the workplace as a site of movement, energy and color, or the stillness of an abandoned factory. They include portraits of workers that show the hardships and the pride of honest labor. And they remind us that art is the voice of the worker in moments of crisis, serving as a call to action against social injustice.

“The Art of Labor” is co-curated by Sara Keller, manager of Gallery Visio at UMSL, and Jeanne Zarucchi, professor of art history at UMSL. A companion lecture on “The Art of Labor” will be part of the Monday Noon Series sponsored by The Center for the Humanities at UMSL. The lecture will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. March 8 in 222 J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL.

Gallery Visio is the student-run gallery at UMSL. It is committed to exhibiting art of undergraduate students and alumni at UMSL, as well as emerging artists. The gallery hosts art activities for the purpose of study, education and enjoyment. Regular gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This exhibit is sponsored by the Gallery Visio Student Association at UMSL.

Visit http://www.umsl.edu/~galvisio or call 314-516-7922 for more information.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz