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May 3, 2016

VisCom Professor Celebrates Social Justice Through the Arts


Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, VisCom Professor and Artist participated as a judge and panelist in the Kansas City: Social Justice through the Arts Student Awards Ceremony and Exhibit on Friday, April 22 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.  Snorgrass said the diverse works and their high caliber impressed him throughout all the categories, which included photography, painting, mixed-media, drawing, performance and cinematic arts.


During the panel discussions, Snorgrass shared that he felt the very best artists fully participate in all aspects of society and don’t cocoon themselves as is often depicted by the media.  He encouraged the audience to explore, discover, and create using the entirety of their experiences as a foundation.  He also recognized the significant influence that technology is having in the art world especially with the emergence of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications.  Snorgrass closed his remarks by cautioning the audience of students, parents, educators and professionals referencing a Scott Adams (publisher of the Dilbert Principle) quote he heard years ago, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep”. 


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