Dordt senior Felix Echevarria, from San German, Puerto Rico, will be presenting his senior exhibit “SHADES” from March 1-6 in the Art Gallery in the Campus Center. An artist reception will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 7-8 p.m.
SHADES is a photographic exhibit that celebrates some of the cultural diversity found in the Sioux Center community. Working with members of the community, Felix Echevarria has focused on creating photographs that capture both individual identity and uniqueness. Echevarria simultaneously infused national identity into each image by using the colors found in the flag of each country of origin.
“As for this project, I want people to recognize what a diverse community exists here in Sioux Center, which is why I captured just a hint of the plentiful amount of culture, diversity, and people that reside in Sioux Center. To me, diversity is the first step to not just "tolerance" but also true acceptance of people and culture,” Echevarria says. “This is something that would help us close the gap that exists in our divided nation right now. To me, this all relates to faith in the sense that we as Christians are called to love those around us, even when we do not comprehend their culture.”
The community is welcome to visit the free exhibit, which is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“I really appreciate the Dordt Art Department faculty because they've helped me tremendously, not only with the making of this project, but with shaping and influencing me as an artist,” says Echevarria. “I appreciate the advice, help, and judgment of Professor Donahue and Professor Burg, especially as they have guided me and influenced my artistic direction greatly.”