Devika Sen, an undergraduate student in Professor Joyce Polistena’s course “Radical Art and Activist Artists” (fall 2016) presented Printmaking Process as Active Protest, at the international undergraduate symposium “Public Art and Activism” sponsored by the art history department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on April 18, 2017. Participation by one of our undergraduate students in an national and international art history symposium is a first for HAD. Speakers included the keynote, Lucas Cowan, Director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (Boston) and students from UMass Dartmouth College, Purdue University Indianapolis, Savannah College of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Missouri- Colombia, and Pratt Institute!
Devika’s paper focused on the political posture of Latina Artists Cooperatives and how this movement shaped her own work as an activist, as a feminist, and as a Latina artist. Some of her own prints were featured in her talk and, following the presentation, members of the audience were eager to learn how they might obtain copies! The symposium organizers arranged for overnight accommodations and dinners for the participants and Devika said it was a cool experience hanging-out with students from other art programs. Professor Polistena, who helped Devika prepare her paper and accompanied her to the symposium, admitted that she felt excited and proud for Devika’s success.