On Thursday, November 18, Education in Zion opened a new art exhibit in the gallery’s third-floor rotating exhibition space. Several student artists and two recent alumni created works of art embodying reflections on women and education. The introductory text panel of the exhibition describes the mother of all mankind, Eve. The panel reads, “She made a decision for the sake of all humanity. Leaving ignorance behind, her step into the mortal world qualified us for progression, learning, and eternal joy. Because of her faith and courage, each of us has the opportunity to make a similar choice – between the realm of ignorant bliss and the path of light and knowledge. Come celebrate women who have dared to learn and leave a legacy for those who follow that they, also, might have joy . . .”
Because Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we are given life and the opportunity to learn and to grow. Through seeking and obtaining knowledge we can continue to develop and one day become like our Heavenly Father. Eve’s choice and the choices of our forbears place us in a position to gain an education.
The After Eve exhibition is full of an array of understandings of how women have affected one’s learning. Not all of the artists are female. The insight of these ideas from a male perspective is both unique and inspiring. The mixed media throughout the exhibition gives an intriguing and thought-provoking view on the traditional concepts of education. We invite all to wander upstairs and enjoy After Eve.
- Brittany Dahlin, Education in Zion Gallery Educator, Art History Major