St. Lawrence University’s Brush Art Gallery to Exhibit Chilean Patchworks

CANTON, New York — The St. Lawrence University opening of Sewn in Protest, an exhibit of Chilean arpilleras, will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, located in Griffiths Art Center, 23 Romoda Drive in Canton. The event is free and open to the public.

This exhibit is part of a dual-campus, student-faculty research team, which is presenting the Chilean patchwork tapestries, or arpilleras, through the display of two bilingual North Country museum exhibits. The first showing began on Feb. 14 at SUNY Potsdam’s Gibson Gallery.

On March 4, St. Lawrence’s Arts Collaborative will sponsor a keynote talk by renowned memory scholar Katherine Hite, professor of political science at Vassar College, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123. Her talk is titled, “Memorializing in Movement: Chilean Sites of Memory as Spaces of Activism and Imagination.” The talk will be followed by a catered reception from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Brush Art Gallery, featuring Chilean folk music by the Caramelo Trio and work by Violeta Parra and Victor Jara. 

International muralist Francisco Letelier will also deliver a talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Griffiths 123. 

Tamara Feinstein, St. Lawrence visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the Caribbean, Latin American and Latino studies, and Janis Broder ’20 teamed up with a group of SUNY Potsdam faculty and students this past year in preparation for the exhibitions. The collaboration allowed both campuses to feature more than 60 Chilean arpilleras and provide a deeper understanding of the meaning behind each piece in both English and Spanish.

Feinstein and Broder, along with SUNY Potsdam student Ryan Hutchins ’19, traveled to Chile for two weeks during the summer of 2018 conducting research and interviewing eight creators of the arpilleras in preparation for the exhibition. “I hope to bring younger generations of North Country students to learn more about this movement and spread the importance of global human rights,” Feinstein said.

The collection on display comes primarily from the working-class workshops operating towards the end of the dictatorship. The exhibit materials will be donated to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Chile after the show closes.

Located in the Griffiths Arts Center, the Brush Art Gallery is free and open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, contact 315-229-5174 or visit and

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News Release

March 1, 2019


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