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Sherrill Roland Art Talk with Chris Whittey
October 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Art Talk live stream from the Bo Bartlett Center featuring Chris Whittey, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art & Department Chair and South Arts 202 Southern Prize and State Fellow winner, Sherrill Roland.
October 15, 5:30 pm
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Sherrill Roland is a North Carolina native, born in Asheville and currently living in Raleigh. Roland received a BFA in design and MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Roland creates art that challenges ideas around controversial social and political constructs, and generates a safe space to process, question, and share. He is the founder of the acclaimed “Jumpsuit Project”, intended to raise awareness around issues related to mass incarceration. The work grew out of personal history, from the ten months he spent in state prison on a wrongful conviction just as he had started his last year of grad school in 2013. Based on new evidence, Roland was exonerated of all charges in 2015. He was awarded the 2020 Southern Prize by South Arts. His work is included in the South Arts Exhibition at the Bartlett Center on view August 18, 2020 – January 8, 2021.