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Artwork indelibly melds beauty, soul-searching

“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
“Artemisia” (in foreground) by Carol Brookes stands among a stunning lineup of sculptures.
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
A student makes notes about Sergio Gomez’s inspiring “New Beginnings I.”
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Gneich and Jefferson (at center) converse with students.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
Teresa Hofheimer’s “Children Who Don’t Sleep” offers a haunting image.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.
The exhibition’s curator addresses the crowd that spanned the length of the gallery.

“Art can go where the law has not. Art can lead public discussion to a tipping point,” said Cheryl Jefferson, executive producer of “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions,” during a campus talk on Thursday. Jefferson and Charles Gniech,  curator of the exhibition, delivered their remarks at an evening reception in The Gallery at Penn College. Attended by a large crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members, the gathering offered an opportunity to explore the collection of thought-provoking works created by 21 artists. The aim of the fine art exhibition is to raise awareness of global human rights violations and promote social change. “The Art of Influence” is on display through Feb. 28. Located on the third floor of Madigan Library, the gallery is open from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.