Park University’s Campanella Gallery to Host “100 Years of Genocide” Exhibit

Friday, March 7, 2014

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Genocide Exhibit
March 7, 2013 —
Park University’s Campanella Gallery will host an exhibit titled “100 Years of Genocide,” beginning Tuesday, March 18, through Friday, April 25. The exhibit, designed by a trio of Park faculty, portrays a reflective and contemporary pictorial and first-person account of 20th century acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Genocide, by definition, is the systematic killing of all or part of a racial, ethnic, religious or national group. The groups portrayed in the exhibit include the Armenian genocide in Turkey, resulting in 1.5 million deaths from 1915-18; Joseph Stalin’s forced famine in Ukraine, resulting in 7 million deaths from 1932-33; the Rape of Nanking in China, resulting in 300,000 deaths from 1937-38; the Nazi Holocaust in Germany, resulting in 6 million deaths from 1938-45; Pol Pot’s genocide in Cambodia, resulting in 2 million deaths from 1975-79; the Bosnia-Herzegovina genocide of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats, resulting in 200,000 deaths from 1992-95; and the Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi, resulting in 800,000 deaths in 1994.

The exhibit designers are Matthew LaRose, associate professor of fine art and chair of Park’s Department of Art and Design, Jeff Smith, assistant professor of graphic design, and Timothy Westcott, Ph.D., associate professor of history.

The Campanella Gallery is located inside the University’s McAfee Memorial Library, within Park’s Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground. Admission is free. The Gallery’s regular hours are: 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact LaRose at or (816) 584-6457.