Traveling exhibit honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The work of Ivy Tech Community College students from across the state honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be on exhibit at Ivy Tech Community College Southwest on March 20-24 in the Bower Suhrheinrich Visual Arts Center (Room 107). It is free and open to the public. First place winner in this traveling exhibit was Emerald Greene, a student who attends Ivy Tech Community College Southwest.

Hours for the exhibit will be:

  • Monday:  2-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2-6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Friday: 2-6 p.m.

An “Artists Hour” is planned from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, March 20, for those who would like to meet Greene.

Greene says she grew up in an artistic family, which allowed her to grow into her own particular interests – printmaking and illustration. The MLK Legacy submission that won her first place is made of cardboard. “Cardboard is made of three layers – the top flat, middle ribbed, and bottom flat,” she explained. “By ripping those out, you can create a layered background to foreground effect. It is a printmaking process that is my favorite.” She plans to transfer from Ivy Tech after completing her associate degree, to earn her bachelor’s in art in two more years at a four-year university.

The exhibit is the result of Ivy Tech Community College’s Inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Project. It is designed as an ARTIvism exhibition combining “art” and “activism” and was created to increase social, environmental and technical awareness of communities through the medium of art. All Ivy Tech students were invited to participate.

“We are proud of the work and deep reflection of our Ivy Tech students, and this exhibit is another showcase of the diverse thought students have and the variety of media used as a vehicle to help the viewer understand or look at things in a different way,” said Jonathan Weinzapfel, chancellor of Ivy Tech Southwest and Wabash Valley.

In addition to the first place winner, this exhibit also features a submission from Michele Luhring from the Southwest region; and one from Azi Wilson from Ivy Tech Wabash Valley.

All submissions were juried and scholarships were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Best in Show. The three students who won created art with the theme of “Moving Forward,” in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Those students are:

  • First: Emerald Green, Southwest Region
  • Second: Cheryl Collins, Kokomo Region
  • Third: Katie Wheeler, Southern Indiana Region


The MLK Jr. Legacy Project has toured several Ivy Tech campuses across the state for the past eight weeks.


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