Masur Museum of Art
1400 South Grand, Monroe
Ana Benaroya: Standing Before Evil is a mural installation depicting the battle between good and evil. This installation uses contemporary takes on archetypal imagery to convey a clear sense of Benaroya’s characters’ moral bearing. Ultimately, her work reveals the subjective nature of good and evil by use of a common color palette and ambiguous facial expressions in her work. Complex and playful, Standing Before Evil uses bold imagery to create an empathic, contemplative space in the Masur Museum of Art’s Lower North Gallery.
Benaroya is the author and illustrator of 120 Ways to Annoy Your Mother (And Influence People). Her design clients include Lincoln Center, The New Yorker, Marc Ecko, WILCO, and ABC’s World News Tonight. Her work was exhibited most recently at Rabbithole Projects, Brooklyn, NY; FISK Gallery, Portland, OR; and Nooworks, San Francisco, CA. During the last several years she was an artist in residence at Newark Print Shop, NJ, and Light Grey Art Lab, Iceland. Benaroya will complete her MFA in Painting at Yale University in 2019.
Common Ground: Selina Akter & Anna Rowan
Common Ground is an autobiographical two-woman show featuring the work of two friends, Selina Akter and Anna Rowan. Both artists come from vastly different backgrounds and view their upbringings differently; one with positivity and nostalgia, and the other with bittersweet, smoldering beauty, tempered with an almost frenetic energy. As with most things, it is complicated. The study in contrasts is fascinating. Common Ground traces key moments in artists’ life and culminates in a large collaborative piece symbolizing their current friendship.
Anna Rowan holds a BFA from Louisiana Tech, while Selina Akter holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Denver. Rowan has exhibited and curated many projects in Monroe at the Upstairs and Big Room Galleries. She also taught art for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and Parkview Housing Project. Akter has exhibited extensively in the Denver and Monroe area, as well as in Bangladesh.