‘Clean Slate’ exhibition aims to empower survivors of sexual abuse

OSWEGO — The SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse will showcase student artwork starting April 4, as part of the six-college “Clean Slate Diaries” project, which raises awareness about survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

The multimedia display will run through May 31 at the Metro Center, 2 Clinton Square. “Clean Slate Diaries” founder Renee DeVesty, herself a survivor, will speak during a free public reception for the artists at 1 p.m. April 13.

The Oswego students and those from other area colleges will display their art at 7 p.m.  April 27, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena as part of free “events of empowerment” for the Clean Slate Diaries project, according to DeVesty’s website.

The third annual event also will feature music, dance and spoken stories.

Cynthia Clabough, Oswego’s art department chair, said SUNY Oswego students would exhibit their artwork digitally.

“The students will be displaying videos that incorporate static imagery as a sequential slideshow, as well as experimental and documentary video,” Clabough said. “Their work will be displayed on five iMacs, and a culmination video will be displayed on the main stage as part of the performance.”

In addition to SUNY Oswego, Clean Slate Diaries’ participating colleges include Onondaga Community College, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Colgate University and Cazenovia College.

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center exhibition fits with other SUNY Oswego events throughout the year that focus on sexual violence and its prevention, such as “The Vagina Monologues” and the annual Take Back the Night rally.

The “Clean Slate Diaries” exhibition also will appear April 17 on SUNY Oswego’s main campus during Quest, the college’s annual day to celebrate student and faculty research and creativity.

“The reason we wanted to display it on campus is that college is a time when people might be experiencing sexual abuse or violence, or they might be dealing with something they experienced at a younger age,” Clabough said. “It’s a good time to open these topics up for discussion.”