Stories of Wisdom from Bodies in Separation (SWaBS):
Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic Through the Lens of Humanities
Mike Scholtz made nine short documentaries discussing art during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In each of these short videos, each artist talks about how the pandemic, the killing of George Floyd and the protests that followed affected their art this year. They each present examples of the work they have been creating. The individuals in this series include painter, Sarah Brokke; visual artist, Moira Villiard; musician, Lyz Jaakola; painter, Karen Savage-Blue; illustrator, Joe Klander; digital photographer, Ivy Vainio; illustrator, Brian Barber; painter, Adam Swanson; and painter, Aaron Kloss. A number of these videos featuring artists were also included in a documentary Mike created for a Fall 2020 show in the Court Gallery at the Tweed Museum of Art located on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The featured artists were Ivy Vainio, Moira Villiard, Sarah Brokke, Karen Savage-Blue, Joe Klander, and Brian Barber. The work of these artists was featured in the exhibit. These videos can be found elsewhere on this site.
Stories of Wisdom from Bodies in Separation (SWaBS): Archiving the Coronavirus Pandemic Through the Lens of Humanities has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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