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Browder looking to unite community through art

September 28, 2017
By Monty Farish'18
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Artist Amanda Browder'98 will give a public lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. in Eaton Chapel

Victor E. Ferrall, Jr. Artist in Residence Amanda Browder'98 gave a public lecture Wednesday night, detailing her history as a textile artist and post-Beloit life. A Brooklyn-based artist, Browder’s pieces are exceptionally colorful and large in scale, covering entire buildings for short-term displays.

Browder’s intention with her work is collaboration, bringing together members of the community for sewing days in the construction of the sculptures, which are created completely by donated fabric. She wants to call attention to places people often pass by without notice and have them really look at their surroundings. Her works have been featured from Brooklyn to Flint, Mich., to Birmingham, Ala.

During her presentation, Browder announced the intention to create a piece at Beloit College, with tentative locations including the Science Center and the Powerhouse, her aim would be to draw the viewers eye to the vast difference in size and scale for the respective buildings. With this project, she will have a sewing day on campus, and the need for donated fabric, bringing her goal of collaboration to the community members of Beloit College, as well as the city and surrounding areas. Dates for sewing days are being determined and will be announced at a later date.