Sinclair Community College is proud to welcome internationally known visual artist Juan-Si Gonzalez as the first visiting scholar of the year. During his residency at Sinclair, Gonzalez will be constructing a new piece of contemporary art in one of the college's galleries, as well as presenting during the annual REACH (Realizing Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) conference.
Beginning in mid-February, Gonzalez will work with Sinclair students on a mixed-media installation in the Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery. This collaborative project will combine the use of photography, video and audio interviews to address the current economic crisis. More specifically, this piece will tell the stories of how the economy has impacted residents of the Miami Valley. The galleries will host a reception for Gonzalez on Thursday, February 25 from 7–9 p.m.
In addition to the art installation, Gonzalez will also be a guest speaker at the 17th Annual REACH Conference on February 26. During this event, Gonzalez will present his exploration into various American cities named “Cuba”—reflecting on these places in his adopted country that have appropriated the name of his country of origin.
Gonzalez’s visit is made possible by the John N. and Connie Taylor Endowment for Visiting Scholars—strengthening Sinclair’s commitment to provide a comprehensive education that addresses the intellectual, aesthetic and social needs of students. The goal of the program is to bring outside expertise into Sinclair classrooms, thereby exposing students, faculty, staff, and the community to new learning perspectives, different political philosophies, and emerging knowledge in specific fields of study.