Student art exhibit explores discrimination issues


Fidel Ontiveros

Mark Reifenheiser is admiring art at the “He and She” art shot in the Diablo Valley College Student Union building in Pleasant Hill, California, on Thursday, March 12.

Fidel Ontiveros, Staff members

The Diablo Valley College Women’s Empowerment Club is showcasing a student art gallery on gender and the impact self-image has on the world called “He and She: Divisions Between We.”

The many  works of art are on display in the Student Union Building including the in-your-face bright pink figure of “Transgender” by Nichole Lindberg and the dreamcatcher piece entitled “Unbreakable Dream” by Ian Wench.

Political science major Hugo Rios, 20, said his favorite piece was “Youth Division” by Allan Diosana.

“I think it’s interesting because artists have such a unique point of view,” he says.

Business major Kelsey Hare, 20, says she enjoys the variety in the different works of art. And there is a great deal of variety, from Janessa Stone’s “Shoe,” which resembles a boot with nails protruding from it to more traditional art forms such as drawing, painting, and photography.

Student Scott Martin, 17, says, “It definitely makes me think about the many messages this style of art has.”

Some of the art is available for sale; prices range from $25 to $400.

This is just one of the many events the club has hosted during Women’s History Month. upcoming events can be found on the DVC website.

“The Women’s Empowerment club aims to empower women by increasing the acceptance of people of all sexes, genders, races and classes, in order to demonstrate the intersectionality of problems facing society,” according to their Facebook page

The display will run through April 4, 2015.