Amanda Smith and her parents with her oil on canvas piece entitled In Red
Texas Hillel, the Topfer Center for Jewish Life at The University of Texas at Austin, and its newest student group, the Jewish Arts Alliance, held its first student art show entitled 4,000 Years of Freedom: A Retrospective Based on Passover, Yom Hashoah, and Israel Independence Day April 4.
The week-long exhibit began with a wine and cheese reception for the artists and their families where the students displayed their works, which included multiple styles of painting, sculpture, photography, and film, over an ambiance provided by professional violinists.
The Jewish Arts Alliance provides opportunities for non-majors to practice and display their passions and artistic skills in a Jewish community of their peers.
The program was founded on the premise that majoring in business or chemistry shouldn’t deny students access to the many avenues of expression UT has to offer. The Jewish Arts Alliance tries to give everyone who wants to participate the opportunity to express themselves and to shine.
“This initiative is a direct outgrowth of our mission to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they can enrich the Jewish people and the world,” said Rabbi David Komerofksy, Texas Hillel’s executive director. “Art gives voice to these students’ creative souls and it is inspiring to see how they, and everyone who appreciates their work, are touched by what they have made.”
Nola Freeman shows her sculpture entitled, Barrier To Freedom
Texas Hillel, The Topfer Center for Jewish Life at The University of Texas at Austin, creates opportunities for all Jewish students at UT to develop their own interests and participate in a welcoming campus-based community that respects the value of pluralism and promotes ongoing involvement in Jewish life.
"Some of the student artists touched on experiences they had on Taglit-Birthright Israel: Hillel trips," Komerofsky said. "Others found a spark from their personal Jewish journeys. This show is the beginning of something very exciting that can engage previously unengaged students in Jewish life."
For additional information, please visit www.texashillel.org.