The Dana Hall School Art Gallery presents Ubuntu: Art from Students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls through November 21 with an opening reception Tuesday, October 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Over the past six years, Dana Hall has developed a relationship with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dana Hall students and faculty visited the OWLAG campus during their spring breaks in 2009, 2012 and 2014. Similarly, OWLAG students spent time at Dana Hall while touring American colleges in 2011 and 2012.
While visiting South Africa in March 2014, Visual Arts Department Head Michael Frassinelli and Social Studies Teacher Heather Panahi, impressed by the artistic talents of the young women of OWLAG, thought of how to bring their work to the Dana Hall gallery. The result is this installation, which features photographs of student work in a variety of mediums—clay, acrylic paint, cloth, and wire, to name a few. Also included are poetry, essays and videos of musical and dance performances by OWLAG students.
In addition to works of art done by students at OWLAG, the show also features photographs by Dana Hall students and faculty members who have visited OWLAG.
The Dana Hall School Art Gallery, located on the Dana Hall campus on the second floor the classroom building, located at 45 Dana Rd. in Wellesley, provides a program of exhibitions by local and visiting artists for the Dana Hall and surrounding communities. The Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. It is closed weekends and school holidays. For more information, visit www.danahall.org/arts or call (781) 235-3010.