Graphic Advocacy


Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001-2012
January 15 to February 27, 2016

January 15, 5-7pm
Panel: Saturday, January 16, 10 am:
The Arts, Representation & Activism
Elizabeth Resnick, Michael Thompson, Mercedes Carbonell, Kevin Zhen ’16, Carissa Chen’17, and Nicolas Coleman ‘16

Visit the Special Events page for more information and a list of other events.

Critical social, political, economic and environmental issues are facing us. How do we respond? What forms can activism take? In Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012, artists and designers present singular and powerful visual statements that address pressing issues ranging from global warming to the freedom of expression.

The exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Resnick, professor and chair of Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Resnick notes: “As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public

dissemination of ideas, information and opinion. Posters are dissent made visible - they communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography. Ready access…to digital production technologies has expanded the poster’s role well beyond the limitations of the printed surface, and in its wake has created a modern tool for support and protest… With its mix of both low-tech and high-tech, of old and new, the poster, in all its forms, is still a core component of 21st century advocacy.”


Graphic Advocacy is organized by Professor Elizabeth Resnick and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Graphic Advocacy runs concurrently with other projects on campus exploring social justice. These include workshops and other events that ran concurrently with MLK Day. Read the article about these events in the Lion’s Eye - "MLK Day 2016: At the Crossroads of Liberation, Oppression and Solidarity".

The Personal Is Political, on display at the Academy Library, features PEA community members' buttons, T-shirts and stickers that spread messages of social, political and environmental advocacy.


We All Bleed Red, a social awareness project led entirely by students, uses the arts to address the question: "What is it like to be _____ at Exeter?”

“There were students with legacy ties, students wearing Vineyard Vines - and then there was me. As a full financial aid, first-generation college student at an elite institution, I was an outlier. However, my differences set me apart to shape my experiences and worldviews; they added a "hidden magic" to a background many people considered unfortunate.”
-Chungalow to Exeter, written by Julie Chung, ‘16

This student exhibition will be on view from January 29 – February 19 in the Academy Building Basement adjacent to the Lamont Gallery. An opening reception will be held on January 29th, 8-9pm.View the We All Bleed Red poster for more details.

Exhibition Coordinators: Kevin Zhen' 16, Carissa Chen ' 17, and Pranay Vemulamada '16

Visit the Special Events page for more information on these and other events.


Diego Rivera - Portrait of Irene Estrella

There's still time to see Diego Rivera’s Portrait of Irene Estrella (1946). This piece, gifted to the Lamont Gallery by Corliss Lamont '20, has made its way back to campus for the first time in over 36 years. After being included as part of a major retrospective on the work of Henri Rousseau at the Palazzo Ducale, Irene Estrella is back at Exeter. This piece will be on view through January during regular gallery hours.

Graphic Advocacy Website  

Graphic Advocacy Review in Artscope  

News & Events Article  

MLK Day 2016: At the Crossroads of Liberation, Oppression and Solidarity  

Review in The Exonian  

Review in The Sound  

Photos of Exhibition and Events on Flickr  


Lamont Gallery programs are supported in part by the Michael C. Rockefeller ’56 Visiting Artists Fund.