Presented by Avenue 50 Studio, “by and for: democracy and art,” is a visual conversation of the role of art in a democracy. Thirty were selected by curator, activist and art historian Carol A. Wells, the founder and executive director of the Center for Study of Political Graphics.

In the work exhibited, the artists address shifting meanings of freedom and equality, censorship and civil liberties. Using art as a vehicle for the discussion of political issues has a rich history which, at times, has been shrouded in censorship.

Avenue 50 Studio
131 N. Avenue 50
Highland Park
Opening Reception
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Public Conversation
Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 2-4 pm
Closing Reception
Sunday, July 3, 2011 from 2-4 pm

Mariona Barkus, Ulla Barr, Yvonne Beatty, Christine Behnen, Tristan Blodgett, Christina Carroll, Audrey Chan, Bayesteh Ghaffary, Michael Graham, Leslie Gray, Karen Gutfreund, Sinan Leong Revell, Larry Lytle, Barbara Margolies, Silva Matossian, Felicia Montes, O O, Sheila Pinkel, Chris Ramos, Jeffrey Robison, Catherine Ruane, Amy Spain and France White.