Monday, October 22, 2001

Emotion vented in posters

Others here add to post-riot portrayal

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        At least 300 Tristate residents have contributed to a poster project launched by a University of Cincinnati social work professor to express his anger and grief after the April riots. Now, many of their cardboard posters also respond to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and hang in a University of Cincinnati gallery.

Posters on exhibit in the One Edwards Center Gallery.
(Craig Ruttle photo)
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        Others are piled nearby for viewers to pick through.

        The posters, which Dr. Stephen C. Sunderland called “remarkable state ments,” are on view 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 16 on the sixth floor of One Edwards Center at Corry Street and Jefferson Avenue in Clifton Heights.

        Drawn and written with felt-tip pens, many of the early posters express African-American anger at and fear of Cincinnati police.

        Some respond to hate that motivates Islamic terrorists.

        Not a few reflect prayerful hopes for peace at home and abroad.

        Artists range from 4-year-old Chase Butler, whose poster was created at Clifton United Methodist Church, to Paul Davis, whose son and daughter-in-law are Cincinnati police officers.

        Posters were produced in classes, community centers and churches over the past five months.

        Pens and cardboard are placed around the gallery for people moved to draw their own as they look at what others have done.

        “It was good for us to be able to express ourselves, to be afraid,” said Sarah Zawaly, 23, of Oakley, a graduate student in social work whose poster is displayed.

        Mrs. Zawaly said artwork is wonderful therapy and she will use her poster experience when she counsels children. “Children have a hard time verbalizing their feelings.”

        The Rev. Jerry Hill, pastor of Clifton United Methodist Church, said posters carried him beyond his reliance on sermons and showed him that “feelings can't be limited to one form of expression.”


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