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Melting Bullet Casings to Make Bells: Reception with Artist-In-Residence Stephanie Mercedes

Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rockville Campus

WHAT: Stephanie Mercedes, Montgomery College’s fall 2019 artist-in-residence in the Rockville and Germantown Art Department, has guided art students in a collaborative project melting bullet casings to make traditional school bells. Each bell size correlates to the number of fatalities from school shootings in the US, per year. For example, the year 2018 in which 61 school shooting fatalities occurred will be represented by a bell made from 61 bullet casings.

Aside from this exhibit, Mercedes uses weapons confiscated and deactivated by the D.C. police, melts down the metal, and transforms them into musical installations and instruments. The intention of her work is to take the materiality of violence and turn it into its opposite: art. This project has given students a voice on the current crisis of school shootings in this country.

The art project reception will feature the bells and screens with videos of participants answering the question: When do you feel safe?

WHO: The artist and MC art students will be in attendance. The event is FREE and open to the public.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Sarah Silberman Art Gallery at the Montgomery College-Rockville Campus

      Paul Peck Art Building

51 Mannakee St, Rockville, MD 20850

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