Bearing Witness (SAQA Global Exhibition)

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Our shared human history includes a violent and shameful component -- that of deliberate attempts to eradicate specific populations due to differences of culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression and race. Often motivated by those in power, collective trauma and tragedy are part of our past and present.  

Presented in collaboration with the Raritan Valley Community College Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the exhibition will educate viewers about the perils of antisemitism, racism, homophobia, sexism and inequity. Our challenge is to remember and learn from the history of The Holocaust and other Global Genocides and to amplify our shared humanity. Preserving our humanity is at the center of all diversity, equity, and inclusion work, invoking the core of our experiences.  

Exhibition Schedule

Raritan Valley Community College, Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Branchburg, New Jersey: August 28 - December 13 2024

**Additional venues will be scheduled through December 2027 

About the Juror

Robin BernsteinBorn in St Louis, Missouri, Robin L. Bernstein now resides in Northern California. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from San Francisco Art Institute, and has worked for over 40 years in various mediums, from oil painting to wood carving, and currently fiber art. 

Bernstein’s current subject matter, which has occupied and obsessed her for the past thirteen years, is Beauty and Terror, a 21 work grouping that speaks to many aspects of the Holocaust. The work is made by pressing thousands of tiny pieces of colored string into wax, requiring months to complete each piece. The nature of the technique, and beauty of the forms draw in the viewer, only to reveal Holocaust crimes, redemptive stories, and heroic acts of resistance.  Her work exudes an urgent contemporary content, in the retelling of horrific acts of violence and terror.

Bernstein’s work has been exhibited across the United States in both solo and juried group exhibitions.

Selected Artists

Susan Avishai (Ontario, Canada) - Kaddish
Bobbi Baugh (Florida, USA) - Do Not Look Away
Julie S. Brandon (New York, USA) - A Cruel Twist Of Fate
Betty Busby (New Mexico, USA) - Refugee
Anne Corbalan (Germany) - Civilization
Phyllis Cullen (Hawaii, USA) - The Meaning of Hope
Pat DaRif (Indiana, USA) - War Crime
Anne Daughtry (Oregon, USA) - The First Nazi Concentration Camp: Dachau 1933
Shelley DeHay-Turner (Ontario, Canada) - They Found Us
Heidi Drahota (Germany) - Any time and everywhere ...  Anne Frank's universality
Judy Duggan-McCormack (Ontario, Canada) - Croi briste (heartbroken)
Joan Engel (Florida, USA) - You Shall Tell Your Children
Sarah Lykins Entsminger (Virginia, USA) - Barbed Wire
Deborah Fell (Illinois, USA) - Witness Trees
Cathy Fussell (Georgia, USA) - Genocide at Horseshoe Bend
Sandi Goldstein (California, USA) - Fugitive Forest
Rivka Hamdani (Israel) - Threadbare Sunrise
Maxine Hess (Georgia, USA) - Alice
Allison James (United Kingdom) - Never again ?
Mattea Jurin (Italy) - This Land is my Land
Deborah Kades (Wisconsin, USA) - Escape Goat
Patty Kennedy-Zafred (Pennsylvania, USA) - A Shared Destiny
Karol Kusmaul (Florida, USA) - Traditions Transposed
Zwia Lipkin (California, USA) - The Grieving Matriarch
Jeanne Marklin (Massachusetts, USA) - Go Back Where You Came From
Mary Mattimoe (Georgia, USA) - White Washed
Alicia Merrett (United Kingdom) - City of Dreams (Stories of Migration)
Susan S. Millen (Connecticut, USA) - Hope and Despair
Susan Schrott (New York, USA) - Ruchel
Sarah Ann Smith (Maine, USA) - When Will We Learn?
Jennifer C. Solon (Ohio, USA) - Los Desaparecidos (The Disappeared)
Tori Stevens (New Mexico, USA) - Paradise Lost
Paula Straw (Colorado, USA) - Not Forgotten
Naomi Swyers (Virginia, USA) - Before The Tears
Lisa Thorpe (Arkansas, USA) - Edith Stein: Jew, philosopher, sister, saint (Tryptic)
Gisha Wogier (Israel) - There is no prophet in his hometown-1933

** Artists were notified via email on 12/20/2023