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It’s Your Life: Student Responses to the AIDS Epidemic

November 29, 2005 - December 4, 2005

In observance of World AIDS Day, December 1, Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents, It’s Your Life: Student Responses to the AIDS Epidemic. This week long exhibition is a collaboration between local students at Mt. Greylock Regional High School and Williams College students. Artwork created by both in response to the AIDS epidemic, as well as student written responses, will be displayed in the museum in unexpected places in hopes of surprising the viewer and fostering an awareness of the growing epidemic. It’s Your Life will be on view from November 29 through December 4, 2005. On December 1 at 2 pm, the students will gather at WCMA to discuss their work.

Last year, half of all new HIV infections worldwide were diagnosed in young people between the ages of 15 and 24. People in this group are falling prey to AIDS at a rate of 6,000 each day. Alarmed by these statistics, Aimee Hirz, Williams College Graduate Student in the History of Art, Class of 2007, approached Ms. Jane-Ellen DeSomma, a Mt. Greylock high school teacher of Art Theory, and Williams College students with this collaborative project. Both groups of students had full creative authority over the type of art they made, so long as it expressed their feelings about AIDS. High school students involved in the project include Paul Bergmann, Alex Peacock, Jesse MacDonald, Kelly Johnson, and Amy Mendes. Williams College students include Darci Hanna, Yao Wu, Sarah Hack, Young Hahn, Anne Smith and Sarah MacWright. 

This installation takes place in conjunction with other related World AIDS Day events scheduled on the Williams College campus in the months of November and December. World AIDS Day is a day for global remembrance of those who died from and those living with HIV or AIDS. It is also a day to take action in order to educate people about protecting themselves from the virus. 

For more information on Williams College events, please contact Jessica Lovaas at jessica.l.lovaas@williams.edu.