"Empowering Women: Art and Photography Exhibit" opens this week at the Purdue University Northwest CHESS art gallery, 6725 Kennedy Ave,. in Hammond.
An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the gallery inside the White Ripple art complex in Hammond's Hessville neighborhood. It features both student and faculty work celebrating Women's History Month and strong female role models.
“Women’s History Month, to me, is about honoring the sacrifices and accomplishments of women in the past who have played an integral role in where women are today,” said Grace Wilk, whose photos of the recent Women's March on Chicago are featured in the university gallery. “I also think it’s about recognizing that women still don’t enjoy the same advantages that men do in many facets of society, in America and all over the world.”
Communication student Ernest Sanchez also will show work that's meant to empower women and give them recognition.
“My inspiration was a person that means a lot to me, and that has made a difference in my life,” Sanchez said.