Plan B Art Project

exhibitions Sep 24, 2022

Curated by Shauna Blythe Burke

October 8 - November 8, 2022
Opening Reception on Saturday, October 8 at 5-7 pm

Heidi Lowe Gallery is hosting Plan B Art Project, a traveling Contemporary jewelry exhibition, from October 8th through November 8th, 2022 at her space in Lewes, DE. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 8th, 5-7 pm. The curator of the exhibition, Shauna Blythe Burke, states that “Plan B” is an Art Statement to raise money for and awareness of Planned Parenthood and issues surrounding a person’s right to make choices about one’s own body.” Twenty-five percent of all artwork sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

The title of the show, Plan B, refers to a type of emergency birth control medication (aka the Morning After Pill) that can be taken to prevent pregnancy. Throughout history, there have been various forms of a ‘plan B’ and many cultures used medicinal herbs to end pregnancies, sometimes with poisonous or deadly results. The amphora bottle which dates back to ancient Greece was used as artistic inspiration for this show to symbolize vessels that were used to contain herbs and medicines.

For this project, Burke invited artists to transform a cast silver amphora bottle or use their own interpretation of Plan B as a starting point to create a unique wearable or sculptural object. As Burke observes “[a]rt has always been a symbolic tool to bring societal injustices to light.” Plan B Art Project is a poignant example of this notion by representing over 60 artists’ voices. The art objects in this exhibition are symbols of protest against the threats and abolishment of the rights to access a safe and legal abortion and reproductive healthcare in the United States.

Plan B Art Project was shown at Ombre Gallery in Cincinnati and then at Pistachios Gallery in Chicago during the summer of 2022. After being exhibited at Heidi Lowe Gallery from October 8- November 8, it will be shown at Pratt University in Brooklyn, NY by Shauna Blythe Burke during NYCJW (New York City Jewelry Week, November 14th-20th, 2022). 

Photos by Cole Rodger

Artists:
Debra Adelson, Steve Alexis, Rachel Atherley, Karen Bachmann, Krista Bermeo, BiraBiro, Hannah Blount, Belle Brooke, Ashley Buchanan, Shauna Burke, David Butler, Jessica Calderwood, Shelly Cavanaugh, Liz Clark, Kelly Jean Conroy, Luana Coonen, Julian De La Garza, Umut Demirgüç, Ben Dory, Brie Flora, Brice Garrett, Sara Giordano, David Giulietti, Joanna Gollberg, Stefan Gougherty, Jill Baker Gower, Mia Hebib, LeeAnn Herreid, Russell Jones, Jacob Keleher, Shana Kroiz, Lynn Latta, Maia Leppo, Cindy Liebel, Thomas Mann, Sharon Massey, Michel McNabb, Tom Muir, Ayala Naphtali, Rachel Quinn, Monique Rancourt, Melinda Risk, Emily Rogstad, Cyd Rowley, Linda Savineau, Biba Schutz, Leslie Shershow, Rebecca Strzelec, Didi Sudyam, Kelly Ann Temple, Billie Theide, James Thurman, Yuri Tozuka, Munya Avigail Upin, Francesca Vitali, Maya Rose Weiss, Sam Woerhmann, Liaung-Chung Yen

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