Award winning professor organizes art exhibit

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    The Love Your Body campaign, established by the National Organization for Women (NOW), is the influence behind the exhibit that will be hosted in the Moudy Gallery Wednesday.

    Theresa Gaul, director of the women and gender studies program, said the event will bring conversation about gender to the forefront and show the body in contemporary life.

    “We are all affected by images of ideal bodies,” Gaul said.

    Jeannine A. Gailey is the associate professor of sociology and women’s studies in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She is able to present the exhibit for being the recipient of the 2014-2015 women’s studies research and creative activity award.

    When a faculty member wins the award, they receive time and money to do research, but they also have to put on some form of an event, said Kaleigh Wyrick, a graduate assistant in the women and gender studies program.

    “Dr. Gailey chose to have this particular event because her research involves focus on identity around body size, and self esteem issues,” Wyrick said.

    According to the NOW website, the campaign for love your body exists to influence women and girls to love their bodies just as they are and work against the idea that they have to succumb to media and societal beauty norms.

    ”The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase research and creative activities across the disciplines centered on bodies,” Gailey said.

    Students are the main contributors of the art that will be on display. Some of the art shown will include videos, paintings, drawings and sculptures, said Wyrick.