Lore Degenstein Gallery
The Last Supper: 550 Final Meals of US Death Row Inmates
Jan. 18 - March 1, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, Jan.18, from 7 -9 p.m
Julie Green, professor of art at Oregon State University, presents 550 ceramic plates depicting the last meal requests from death row inmates. The artist created the series in the early 2000’s and she intends to paint 50 plates annually until the death penalty is abolished. Green sees the plates as a way to humanize the individual inmates and as a commemoration for people unlikely to receive such recognition. The sheer number of meal requests in one room brings home the gravity of the subject matter. She uses cobalt blue mineral paint on found and vintage tableware. The blue is a reference to Chinese porcelain and Delftware, as well as more metaphorically “the blues” and “blue plate specials.”
Noon to 4 p.m. daily
The Gallery closes for university recesses but requests for individual appointments can be arranged when classes are not in session.
About the Gallery
Susquehanna University’s Lore Degenstein Gallery presents work by both professional and student artists in five exhibitions a year.
The gallery is located in the Degenstein Campus Center.
All Lore Degenstein Gallery events are free and open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.