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DATE: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

END DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2018

TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: HCC Taber Art Gallery

Taber Art Gallery installation by Eliza Fernand explores issues of control and consent

Artist Eliza Fernand gets ready for "Confront," her installation of patchwork fabrics, which opens Feb. 28 in HCC's Taber Art Gallery.

The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College welcomes "Confront," an exhibition of patchwork fabrics by artist Eliza Fernand, Feb. 28 through March 29.

Fernand's large-scale quilts and fabric artworks are meant to spur conversations about history, gender, disparity, consent, and in-the-moment struggles.

"'Confront' is an exhibition about facing the things that control, manipulate, embolden, debilitate, arouse, and categorize us all," she says in her artist's statement.

The Taber Art Gallery will hold an opening reception on Wed., Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a gallery talk by Fernand beginning at noon. After studying sculpture, video, and performance in Portland, Oregon, Fernand has led a cross-country career, attending over a dozen artist residencies and directing her own traveling field study of American quilt-making traditions. A former resident of Belchertown, Mass., Fernand now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  For more information visit her website:

The Taber Art Gallery at HCC is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular school sessions. It is free and open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby on the second floor of the HCC Donahue Building, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.

For more information, please contact Amy Johnquest, director of the Taber Art Gallery, at 413.552.2614.

PHOTO: (Above) Artist Eliza Fernand gets ready for "Confront," her installation of patchwork fabrics, opening Feb. 28 in HCC's Taber Art Gallery.