Gallery FAB director talks ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ exhibit on St. Louis Public Radio

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“The Life You Save” by Lamont Shannon is part of Gallery FAB’s contribution to the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot – Artists Respond” exhibit. (Courtesy of Terry Suhre)

Gallery FAB at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is hosting the university’s branch of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot – Artists Respond” exhibit, running throughout the St. Louis area.

For “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” artists were asked to contribute their responses to the Aug. 9 shooting of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown by a local police officer, as well as the unrest that followed. One hundred artists contributed work that is now on display at 14 galleries through the St. Louis area through Dec. 20. Photography is the focus on Gallery FAB’s exhibit, but other venues feature paintings and sculptures as well.

“No Justice, No Peace,” by Erica Jones. (Courtesy of Terry Suhre)

Terry Suhre, director of UMSL’s Gallery 210 and Gallery FAB, selected photography for UMSL’s branch of the show. St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU interviewed Suhre about the university’s role in the project.

“All art galleries, especially ones located on universities, have a responsibility to address topical issues that are going to be important to their community and their students,” Suhre told the radio station.

Freida Wheaton, owner of Salon 53, and the Alliance of Black Art Galleries developed the show.

Gallery FAB is in the Fine Arts Building, which is across Florissant Road from the main section of North Campus.

Click here for the rest of the St. Louis Public Radio story.

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