September 16, 2011

Students Use Emerging Art Form to Help Fight Malaria

Hamline students are known both for their spirit of service and incredible creativity. When those two virtues are brought together, positive changes can happen.

Partnering with Imagine No Malaria, a national network of United Methodist churches working to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2015, aspiring undergraduate artists have created pop-art sculptures to be displayed and auctioned off to the community.

“It’s my hope that this art will connect people who have never heard of malaria and encourage them to learn more,” Daniel Campbell CLA '08 and GLS '10, who coordinated the partnership, said. “I think it will create a real response in the community.”

Using blank vinyl busts and adding on a variety of paints, clays, and other accessories, the students create artistic visions of a world without malaria. Campbell and his fellow alum Sarah Hardwick ‘10 will contribute pieces to the show along with current undergraduate art majors Trung Nguyen and Katie Ulibarri. The pieces will be exhibited alongside contributions from artists across the country. 

The collaboration is facilitated through Hamline’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice. Campbell, a communications assistant for the Wesley Center, is excited to see art utilized as a conduit for doing good.

“Imagine No Malaria isn’t just about raising money; it’s also about raising awareness,” Campbell said. “Art is a powerful medium for change.”

The pieces will be on display in the We Love Vinyl show at the Tomodachi art store in the Rosedale Mall beginning Saturday, September 17. The exhibited works will be placed in a three-day silent auction that runs from September 17-19. All proceeds will be donated to Imagine No Malaria. 

“Once people see what we are doing here at Hamline through Imagine No Malaria, I hope they’ll use their own creativity and imagination to get involved,” Campbell said. 

You can see a slideshow of the artists creating their sculptures below.

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