AN AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN EXCHANGE OF ART AND WRITINGS
ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE | HESS AND LYET GALLERIES
ONE ALPHA DRIVE | ELIZABETHTOWN | PA 17022
SEPTEMBER 21 - NOVEMBER 21, 2017
Peacemaking – An American and European Exchange of Art and Writings
Two years ago, Andreas Kerstan approached me about the possibility of doing an exchange with his
gallery in Stuttgart, Germany, and the galleries at Elizabethtown College. I liked the idea and began
considering a common theme. Given our Brethren heritage of Peace and Pietist studies at
Elizabethtown and the current state of global unrest, I proposed the topic of Peace – Andreas agreed
that it would make a good working theme and a most important subject.
Like the Handprint Identity Project – An Exchange Between Artists and Writers, a former project, I
thought it important that we include writers to participate as well as visual artists. I contacted
Jesse Waters, Director of the Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College. Jesse was on board
right away and agreed to handle the written word as a Co-Director and Curator of Writing. Given our
subject, I extended an invitation to David Kenley, Professor of History and Director of the Center for
Global Understanding and Peacemaking at Elizabethtown – David accepted as a Co-Director for the
From the European side, Andreas directed and curated visual art from ten European countries to be
exhibited in the Hess and Lyet Galleries at Elizabethtown College from September 21 – November
21, 2017. From the American side, Milt Friedly and Elizabethtown College Alum, Samantha Redles
(MFA Curatorial Studies MICA) curated work from thirteen visual artists and Jesse Waters curated the
written word from thirteen writers to be displayed and in catalog form at Kunst Stuttgart, June 22 –
July 21, 2018. In addition to the professional working artists in the project, two student artists will
exhibit at Kunst Stuttgart and assist with gallery and curatorial duties at Elizabethtown College. One
student writer will contribute an essay and assist with layout and curatorial duties through the
Bowers Writers House.
We are grateful and thank our sponsors for Project Peace: Kunst Stuttgart International e.V.; the
Joseph Robert Foundation; a CISP Grant, Elizabethtown College; the Center for Global
Understanding and Peacemaking, Elizabethtown College; the Bowers Writers House, Elizabethtown
College; the English and Fine and Performing Arts Departments, Elizabethtown College. We are
pleased to present 61 perspectives on Peace, including writer and dear friend Rose-Marie Liechti of
Bern, Switzerland, whose passion for Peace goes beyond words. Our expectation is to elevate and
raise a consciousness for World Peace - may our voices be seen and heard!
Elizabethtown | USA | September 2017
Director / Curator – Project Peace
Professor of Art, Elizabethtown College
Peacemaking – An American and European Exchange of Art and Writings
Kunst Stuttgart International e.V., Stuttgart, Germany
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA
Joseph Robert Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
978-0-9700583-5-5 pbk.:alk paper
Published by Elizabethtown College and Kunst Stuttgart International e.V.
Project Peace | Peacemaking
Kunst Stuttgart International e.V., briefly [Kun:st] International, headquartered in Stuttgart,
Germany, is a non – profit, international art association founded in 2015 and counts in July 2017 189
members from more than 10 countries. Important objectives of the association are to present the
artwork of its members at national and international levels, to provide each member with personal
support and artistic advancement and both together to accompany and enhance artists in their
professional self marketing.
In order to support these objectives, [Kun:st] International organized in 2017 its first and open art
competition for artists from Germany and other European countries, independently of a membership
in the association. The [Kun:st] Art Prize contest was launched under the theme Project Peace and
the exhibition of the artists nominated for the [Kun:st] Art Prize exhibition in June 2017 in
Stuttgart, Germany, was the beginning and is embedded in a broader cycle on this topic, continuing
with this exhibition Project Peace, Peacemaking - An American and European Exchange of Art and
Writings at the Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, USA, in September 2017 and
will be completed in late spring 2018 with an exchange exhibition Project Peace in Stuttgart.
Out of the 50 artworks presented in Germany during the Project Peace exhibition in June 2017, 34
artworks are now part of the exhibition: Project Peace | Peacemaking - An American and European
Exchange of Art and Writings, in Elizabethtown.
The board of [Kun:st] International is proud to provide European artists this unique opportunity to
be part of this intercultural art and writings exchange and is looking forward to host in 2018 artists
and writers from the United States of America in Germany.
Stuttgart | Germany | September 2017
Director / Curator – Project Peace
Chairman Kunst Stuttgart International e.V.
DIGITAL / FOTOGRAFIE / GRAFIK
DIGITAL / PHOTOGRAPHY / GRAPHIC
Frieden? Nur mit geklonten Wesen (Peace? Only with cloned beings)
Auf der Suche nach dem Habitat (Looking for the habitat)
Diptych | Photography and digital composing | 2 x 20 x 39" | 2016
This artwork PRINCESS OF THE VIGILS was originally created during the Ukraine
conflict, for fear of the outbreak of a third world war. Unfortunately, in 2017,
this artwork is even more a warning of current war threats worldwide.
PRINCESS OF THE VIGILS | Drawing, hatching technique, airbrush on paper
39 x 20" | framed | 2015
The Title Dove of Peace was a remembrance of Pablo Picasso.
With Guernica hailed as one of the world's most moving anti-war paintings,
Picasso was invited to design an image to represent peace.
Picasso's first Dove of Peace, chosen as the emblem for the First International
Peace Conference in Paris in 1949, was a traditional, realistic picture of a
pigeon which had been given to him by his great friend and rival, the French
artist Henri Matisse.
Picasso later developed this image into a simple, graphic line drawing that is
one of the world's most recognizable symbols of peace. He also named his
fourth child Paloma, the Spanish word for dove'
Dove of Peace
Photo painting mosaic on opal glass, unique edition | 26 x 37" | 2017
Auf dem Marsch (On the march)
Fine art print on canvas, limited edition 1 of 3 plus 2 AP | 26 x 39" | 2017
… uns, die wir vorbeisehen
an den Dingen neben uns
und nicht hören,
dass der Schrei
Jean Cayrol, Nacht und Nebel
(übertragen von Paul Celan)
… we, who look past
the things near us
and do not hear
that the cry
is still not silent.
(translated by Paul Celan)
Yearning for peace V | Acrylic on canvas | 39 x 39" | 2016
The loss of the homeland after a war often leads for millions of people to an
almost inhuman challenge. For them, peace does not automatically mean
happiness, but also the loss of their paradise. For the artist peace as a project
also means creating a new home for these people.
After finishing the painting process, Steffen Blunk removes the people from his
oil paintings by means of a chisel, thus exposing the underlying layers of wood.
Instead of the recognizable, individual persons, abstract surfaces appear,
which make a temporal and spatial arrangement of the happening more
difficult. This is how people of different eras and wars meet - connected in
Vertreibung aus dem Paradies (Expulsion from paradise) I/15
Oil and chisel on wood | 17 x 24" | 2015
HAEBICH, PAUL DIETER
It is obviously not easy for men to dispense the satisfaction of their attitude
of aggression. They do not feel comfortable about it.
Text from Sigmund Freud, The Unhappiness in Culture, Collected Works,
Volume XIV, page 473.
What happens to those who see red? | Oil on canvas | 49 x 39" | 2015
Living in peace should be compulsory for everyone.
It is a human right.
Welcome means to give a home, even if it's only temporarily, to those who had
no other choice than to flee to save their lives and the lives of their families
as their homelands were destroyed by war and terrorism.
15-22. Welcome | Acrylic on canvas | 31 x 39" | 2015
Together | Sewing thread connects old linen and jeans | 39 x 39" | 2017
JARKIKH, YOURI (JARKI)
The brightness of the festivals interrupt the linearity of the daily life. They
carry a great emotional load and establish exciting and happy feelings in the
The abbot digresses. - And you, Marquis,
you put your wig on askew.
- This old Cyprus wine is exquisite
less so, Camargo, than your nape.
My flame... - Do, mi, sol, la, si,
Abbot, your baseness reveals itself!
- May I die, Ladies, if
I fail to unhook a star for you!
- I should like to be a little dog!
- Let us embrace our shepherdesses, one
after the other. - Gentlemen! Well then?
- Do, mi, sol. - Oh well! Good-evening, Moon!
Paul Verlaine “On the grass”
Рождественские праздники (Christmas Party)
Mixed media on canvas | 29 x 36" | 2017
LÄPPLE-SCHRYVERS, BIRGIT C.
Hunger, drought and AIDS can also be countered with art: Kunst . Hilft (Art .
Helps). This is a help alliance initiated by the artist in 2011 under the theme
of Art for Africa. Art for Africa is an international artists' association of
painters and sculptors from Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland
who, with the exclusive non-commercial sale of works by the participating
artists, particularly supports humanitarian projects in West Africa.
Hello Jean I + II | Mixed media on canvas | 2 x 20 x 20" | 2016
Peace is for the artist not a peaceful standstill, no worry-free vacuum. Peace
is an attentive coexistence of individuals. In a peaceful collaboration, new
elements emerge, divide, overlap and unite again.
PEACE – FRIEDLICHE KOEXISTENZ (Peace - peaceful coexistence)
Acrylic and coal on canvas | 39 x 39" | 2017
OTTO, BRUNO S.
Albtraum vom bedrohten Frieden (Nightmare of threatened peace)
Acrylic on canvas | 35 x 28" | 2017
Peace - soap bubble or future - it is in our hands.
Wir haben es in der Hand (It is in our hand)
Mixed media on canvas | 28 x 39" | 2017
More recently than ever, it has become apparent that the export of armament
products will sooner or later affect the situation of exporting countries in
front of their own doorstep. Classical case of a feedback loop.
Wer den Wind sät … (Who sows the wind ...) | Acrylic on canvas | 39 x 39" | 2017
SCHILL, MARLIS G
Daylight will brutally reveal what the night covers up so graciously.
Night over Casbah Ruins | Acrylic on canvas | 31 x 31" | 2013/2016
People in war zones are confronted with losses every day. They lose family
members, friends, their homeland, familiar and grown habits, communities
Every loss affects us very strongly, takes us the safety in life and many people
lose completely their way. War experiences and losses can cause severe
trauma in children, which can influence and determine their entire life.
Why do we do this to the children, our children? With what right do we destroy
the souls of children? (Source: Peace for the Donbass)
Lost | Tea filter collage, Acrylic on canvas | 31 x 39" | 2017
Konnex I | Oil on canvas | 31 x 47" | 2017
Among other peace symbols, the dove is also regarded as a symbol of peace
and therefore also designated as a dove of peace. The dove is also a
messenger of love, equality, justice, friendship, and peace, too. The
symbolism of the image: we have it ourselves in our hand - the peace on
Friedenstaube (Dove of peace) | Oil on canvas | 39 x 39" | 2015
SILBER, PROF. DR. GERHARD
At least peace II | Acrylic and print on canvas | 59 x 39" | 2017
menschlich (human) | Oil on canvas | 24 x 39" | 2017
Anstieg des Meeresspiegels (Rise of the sea level)
Acrylic on canvas | 43 x 35" | 2017
Human rights are not negotiable, at no time, in any place. Our actions, and
especially our non-actions, form the foundation on which human rights are
lived or ignored.
The artwork itself is a textile collage that takes up human right motifs,
connecting them and partly let them disappear again - similar to our associations,
floating freely, being reassembled in new ways, getting lost ...
Peace = human rights
Compliance with human rights = peace
Menschenrechte (Human rights)
Mixed media, painting, object on cloth | 47 x 47" | 2016
This work is inspired by street art and graffiti art.
Keywords such as Love, No Racism, No War or Flower Power connect this
artwork with the Project Peace. In connection with the word peace,
associations are also created with the beginning of the peace movement at the
end of the 60s and early 70s, the flower power time, the unrestricted and
peaceful enjoyment of joints. Black & white is more a reference to the still
existing, omnipresent racism and the uneven treatment of people with white
or dark skin color.
The three different heads symbolize unity and peace between different
people, cultures and religions.
Graffiti Peace | Acrylic on canvas | 31 x 31" | 2017
Uns vertraut gemacht -
oft aus dem Leben verdrängt
Taube des Friedens
Weltweit in aller Munde
Frieden liegt in unsrer Hand
Feeling trustworthy -
dove of peace
On all humans mind
peace is in our hand
Hoffnung Frieden (Hope peace) | Photography, black and white | 24 x 16" | no year
Experiences that are associated with violent emotions such as fear and fear of
war, terror, violence, threat, leave deep traces. Peace, on the other hand, is a
salubrious state of silence, the peace in which existing conflicts can be
resolved without violence. Never again fear, never again hunger, never again
Angst (Fear) | Mixed media on canvas | 47 x 35" | 2016
Flowerdreams | Mixed media on canvas | 35 x 47" | 2017
The Open Hand is for giving and receiving - this is the way to make peace. The
city, architecture and environment all play a part in this.
The Open Hand | Acrylic on canvas | 39 x 39" | 2017
CRAWFORD, HELLE RASK
Yet she resisted | Bronze | 10 x 10 x 4" | 2017
"Now he is gone, gone, once and for all," thought Seth, "this eternally superior
brother." He deliberately stroked Osiris's blood from his hands, and felt the
inner peace taking possession of him, flowing through his whole ego.
Seth | Bronze | 15 x 6 x 6" | 2015
History may tell us something about peace and there is no better place to
research history than in an encyclopedia.
Meyers Encyclopedia Volume 5 | Object book and metal | 8 x 6 x 3" | 2017
This bronze sculpture is a study for the Soroptimist International Europe Peace
When cast in the lost wax process, the sculpture shows the rough surface
characteristic of Bettina's work. Textures refer to the working process of the
original model from the soft material wax. The bronze with its earthy tonality,
which always flashes back and forth, is the result of the character of archaic
Study Peace Sculpture | Bronze, patinated | 18 x 6 x 6" | 2017
Cherub as the guardian of the divine peace. The transparent wing represents
the transcendence of the heavenly being, the center of gravity symbolizes the
will and the power to engage in peace.
Cherub | Paper object and acrylic on board | 28 x 28 x 2" | 2016
Marked by life, as in real life the price of peace.
Die Gezeichnete (Marked by life) | Clay, burnt | 12 x 10 x 8" | 2015