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(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – The B.K. Smith Gallery and SPACES, in conjunction with their exhibitions dealing with war and activism, are hosting a collaborative forum on war, peace and activism entitled, Challenging War, Defying Power: A Forum on Conflict, Peace and Activism. The forum will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 at SPACES and is FREE and open to the public.
Challenging War, Defying Power will bring together artists, scholars, curators and activists to discuss the social implications of the war in Iraq in particular, and war in general, as well as what is being done – or can be done – about the U.S.’ continued involvement in the Middle East.
Panelists and discussion leaders include:
  • Robert Banks, artist, Cleveland (in exhibition at B.K. Smith Gallery)
  • Lyz Bly, Director of the B.K. Smith Gallery at Lake Erie College, and curator of WAR: What is it Good For?, currently on exhibit at the B.K. Smith Gallery
  • William Busta, independent curator/historian, curator of The Persistence of Conscience: Lilian Tyrrell, Textiles and drawings 1979-2005, currently on exhibit at SPACES
  • Lisa Hazirjian, Visiting Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) History Department
  • Darren Hostetter, artist/activist, Long Beach, CA (in exhibition at B.K. Smith Gallery)
  • Michelle M. Murphy, artist, Cleveland (in exhibition at B.K. Smith Gallery)
  • Mari Jo Muser, activist and member of the National Steering Committee for the activist organization Not in Our Name and a local organizer with the organization World Can’t Wait
  • Joshua Palmer, ABD PhD candidate, CWRU History Department
 In addition, Cleveland-area social justice, peace and activist groups will be in attendance and will set-up tables, providing information on their activities in the local and global political arenas. As of January 25, the following groups will be participating:

American Friends Service Committee
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Cleveland Nonviolence Network
Cleveland Peace Action
Not in Our Name
Food Not Bombs
World Can’t Wait
Infoshop Collective
Vegetarian Advocates

The panel discussion, on Saturday, February 25, will begin at 2:00pm at SPACES, located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, in Cleveland. Superior Viaduct runs parallel to the Detroit Superior Bridge at the intersection of West 25th Street. A reception will follow the panel discussion.
The B.K. Smith Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building of Lake Erie College on Gillett Street near Phillips Osborne School. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and visitors can visit the Gallery free of charge. For more information on the exhibition, contact Lyz Bly, Director of the B.K. Smith Gallery, at 216.521.8582 or 440.375.7461 or via email at
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