Mosaic of Life accepting student artwork

Bella Lee, Staff writer

Have you wanted the chance to display your pieces of art, but do not believe you have the chance because you are not an Art major? Well, you do not have to worry about that any longer, as you have the chance to showcase your work thanks to the Mosaic of Life.

The 4th annual Mosaic of Life will occur on Wednesday, April 12, with submissions being received starting Thursday, March 23. This is open to all students, not just Art majors.

“The Mosaic of Life is an art showcase for Mercyhurst students to display their artistic expressions on the topics of diversity and inclusion,” said Art Therapy Program Director Heather Denning.

Any type of art medium can be accepted for consideration for the Mosaic of Life, which celebrates diversity on campus.

“Submissions can be visual art, live performance, poetry, dance, spoken word or music,” said Denning. “Students with varying levels of artistic skills are welcome, including novice artists. The art may represent ethnicity, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, inclusion, acceptance and more.”

This event began a few years ago with the idea coming from Judy Smith from the Counseling Center.

The original goal of the Mosaic of Life is to allow students to celebrate, not only their individual identities, but also their family history and lineage.

On Mercyhurst’s website, there is a statement written about the Mosaic of Life: “Art is a powerful catalyst for promoting diversity, which goes to the heart of an upcoming exhibit, Mosaic of Life, hosted by the Art Therapy Department and Multicultural and Inclusion Office at Mercyhurst University, headed by Heather Denning and Jessica Hubert, respectively.”

With a campus that is strong in celebrating diversity, such as with events to celebrate Black History Month or Hispanic Heritage Month, the Mosaic of Life adds another way that students are able to express themselves on campus.

The time to submit pieces is coming up fast, so be sure to submit your pieces if you are interested.

If you have any questions about the event please reach out to Denning.