Greensboro College Presents "Screaming in Digital" Art Exhibit Oct. 3-31

Jonathon Epstein
"Greensboro College presents the digital-media exhibit "Screaming in Digital," by Jonathon Epstein and Kim Thoré, Friday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 31, in the Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Cowan Humanities Building on campus.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the galleries. Normal exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The collection of digital prints highlights Epstein and Thoré's fascination with cultural icons, societal norms and perceived realities. Epstein explores music legends such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis, along with world events, while Thoré explores images of starlets, models, and beauty images coupled with mass media that send contradictory messages.

Epstein, visiting associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Greensboro College, is a social activist, graphic artist and musician.

His partnership with artist and graphic designer Pat Lichty created one of the first socially accepted "memes," as well as digital images and videos that were the precursor to cultural animation. Their video trilogy -- "Machine," "Web," and "Convergence" -- was shown on MTV's "Out from the Underground." Oxford's Encyclopedia of Sociology called the work the first truly post-modern sociology.

Thoré, Greensboro College's director of marketing, is a writer, artist, and cultural commentator. She began studying drawing at 8 and continued through college, culminating in a portfolio of mixed media and sculpture. Her work has been shown throughout the Southeast, and she has worked in graphic design for the past decade.

In 2013 she and Epstein appeared in the "Under the Gun" exhibit, but a flood in January destroyed the majority of her portfolio. She began rebuilding her work with a renewed focus on digital art and recently debuted a new collection, "Lips Like Sugar," at Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space in Winston-Salem. The show was held over twice due to popular demand.

Proceeds from the sale of Epstein's works will benefit Greensboro College's George Center for Honors Studies, while proceeds from Thoré's work will benefit The Healing Blues Project, a fund-raising effort on behalf of Greensboro's nonprofit Interactive Resource Center.

Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

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