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Guns in the Hands of Artists

The Des Lee Gallery at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts presents Guns In The Hands of Artists, a pivotal exhibition that has started a national dialogue within the arts. Conceived of in the mid-1990s, the exhibition grew out of artist Brian Borrello’s response to the growing gun violence crisis in New Orleans. Together with gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara, the two mounted the first Guns In The Hands of Artists show in 1996.

The exhibition will open on September 16 and run through November 21. The Des Lee Gallery is located at 1627 Washington Ave., 63103. Visit the exhibition page on the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts website for recent press and the latest exhibition details. In 2014, Ferrara reorganized the exhibition to feature work by internationally recognized artists. Through their own medium, each artist has used the decommissioned firearms to create works that express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.

CLUB S+S, SMAC, 2014. Custom formed glass, decommissioned gun parts, gel. 8×13.5×8″. Image courtesy of Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

As we witness the rise of gun violence across the city and counties of St. Louis, and in conjunction with Washington University’s commitment to taking a hard look at the serious, tragic public health consequences of gun violence in America, the Sam Fox School hopes to engage partners and collaborators to develop additional programming and present unique opportunities for individuals and communities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.

For more details about the exhibition, check out the website and video below from the installation in New Orleans earlier this year.

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This exhibition seeks to foster a conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue. We are very interested in your reaction to this exhibition and how the work may challenge you to consider or reconsider gun violence in our communities.

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