November 2, 2012 - February 27, 2013
In Virginia, more than one in four women has experienced sexual violence as a child or an adult. The YWCA of Richmond is the largest provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in the greater Richmond region.
In honor of the organization’s 125th anniversary, this exhibition features portraits of community members who are deeply connected with the YWCA of Richmond and domestic and sexual violence issues. There are also paintings, sketches, collages, and poetry originally drawn together for “The Art of Surviving,” an exhibition of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The artists range from grade school girls to seniors – who have all suffered acts of abuse. A quilt with a patchwork of images by survivors throughout the state is on loan from the Office of the Attorney General.
This exhibition is a partnership of the YWCA of Richmond and UR Downtown, with support from Sierra Asplundh, ’12, Sarah Douglas, ’15, and University Museums.