Southeast Alumnus, St. Louis Artist to Present ‘Prints as Activism’ in After Hours Series

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Southeast Missouri State University alumnus and artist Zack Petot will discuss his work while raising awareness of violence against the LGBTQ+ community in his March 12 “After Hours: Conversations on Art and Culture” lecture at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House.

Petot, a fine artist, educator and curator from St. Louis, Missouri, will present “Prints as Activism.” The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Catapult at 612 Broadway in downtown Cape Girardeau.

According to Petot, nearly a quarter of all violence committed against the LGBTQ+ community involves physical or sexual violence. His work explores themes of brutality against the LGBTQ+ community and provides information to inspire people to enact positive change. His work also explores themes of queer codes within the LGBTQ+ community.

In his presentation, Petot will explain how his work straddles the line between figuration and abstraction, and focuses on an individual’s experience after or during specific hate crimes. He will show that expressive mark making and the idea of the multiple give an identity to these victims.

Petot, a 2014 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, has been honing his skills in printmaking, using monotype and screen printing over the past several years. In 2018, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from the University of North Texas.

This semester’s “After Hours” topic is “Artist as Activist.” Artists have often served as the conscience of the culture to which they identify. Whether through documentation or interpretation, they are often the catalyst by which political and social issues are perpetuated. This series of lectures/presentations will feature creatives who have made work — visual art, film, poetry, prose and more — about issues affecting their communities.

Visitors are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities, including Southeast’s Department of Art and Design students’ studios upstairs, as well as the Catapult Creative Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Catapult hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Leah Powers at lepowers@semo.edu or (573) 290-5372.

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