Flooding that hit the Mid-Ohio Valley in September and again in January affected many of the students, faculty and staff at Marietta College. In remembrance of the events that took place, Kappa Pi, the art honorary at Marietta College has conceived a project that will illustrate the feelings and emotions of the devastating floods.
The Kappa Pi group has been discussing the art of Melissa Brown. Brown is a teacher at Brandeis (Mass.) University and has a studio in New York City. Feeling a close attachment to the tragedy of 9/11, Brown conducted a project where she distributed small cards all over New York City. On these cards she asked for images or memories about people's experiences during 9/11. She then collected the cards and produced an art show from her findings.
Inspired by their recent studies, Kappa Pi decided to put their own twist on the idea started by Brown. Cards requesting information have been distributed on the Marietta campus and have already started coming back to Kappa Pi. The information collected from the cards is intended to be a wide range of memories and illustrations from the student body, faculty, staff and any friends or family of the college community.
While the floods in the Marietta region caused a lot of damage and havoc, no one was seriously injured and it had a bonding effect on the campus.
Kappa Pi is still accepting the memory cards as a majority of the responses so far have come from students. Some of the items collected are photos of people wading through the water, written memories and thoughts of the floods, and what some students did during their unexpected week off in September.
The group is specifically looking for more illustrations since this is sponsored by the art honorary. The art doesn’t have to be fancy, just an illustration on any of the floods. Kappa Pi intends to show the project at the end of the spring semester.