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Art Gallery to Feature Work of Touring Family Diversity Projects Exhibit

Posted January 15, 2014

The Art Gallery at Western New England University will host “Love Makes A Family: Portraits of LGBT People and Their Families,” an exhibit by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects, from January 26 to February 27. The gallery, located in St. Germain Campus Center, will host an opening reception Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There will also be a gallery talk on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. where the artists will offer insight into their work. General Art Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday thru Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.


The exhibit features photographs by Gigi Kaeser which depict a variety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families of all races in familiar family settings. The photos are accompanied by text edited by Peggy Gillespie from in-depth interviews she conducted with each family member who speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they cope with the realities of prejudice, bias, and intolerance on a day-to-day basis. The exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thus making the world a safer place for all people.

Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, a non-profit educational organization, created Love Makes a Family as a way of helping to combat homophobia. Since it began touring in 1996, the exhibit has traveled to more than 1,000 communities.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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