Elder Gallery Exhibit Features Professor's Reflection of Workday
Nebraska Wesleyan University professor Sarah Berkely, a former web designer turned art professor, shares her varied professional experiences in the new Elder Gallery Exhibit, “I Just Work Here.”
The exhibit runs April 3-26 in Elder Gallery, which is located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th Street and Huntington Ave. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.
In the exhibit, Berkely embodies the caricature of the workingwoman in various professional environments. The exhibit calls to question what work is and addresses issues of gender, work and time.
Berkeley has taught photography and digital media at NWU for two years. Prior to that she taught at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. A former New York City web designer, Berkeley eventually moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue an art career. That experience helped her discover a passion for teaching. Her research addresses cultural norms, gender stereotypes, sharing of personal data and the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.
The “I Just Work Here” exhibit also includes a series of public dialogues on gender, work and time, including:
- April 6 — 5:30 p.m., “Mindfulness Monday” by Sarah Berkeley
- April 7 — Noon, “To Be Seen” by painter and writer Molly Zuckerman-Hartung
- April 11 — 11 a.m., International Slow Art Day by photographer Amanda Breitbach
- April 13 — 5:30 p.m., “Mindfulness Monday” by Sarah Berkeley
- April 16 — Noon, “Women, Work & Image” by Gerise Herndon, professor of English and director of the gender studies program at NWU
- April 20 — 5:30 p.m., “Mindfulness Monday” by Sarah Berkeley
All dialogues are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours for the free exhibit are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.