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Faces Of The Holocaust Art Exhibit Remembers Victims, Survivors

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Larger than life faces peer down from the walls inside the Jewish Community Center on Clubhouse Road. The drawings by SUNY Broome art students are putting faces to the stories of Holocaust victims and survivors. 

"To see a face, larger than life, on the wall, it speaks volumes. It speaks to the audience. And I know that a lot of people look at these faces and they don't forget. They don't forget," says Patricia Evans, Associate Professor at SUNY Broome.

Each semesters, Evans assigns her students a different marginalized group to memorialize in artwork. Evans says it's not just a lesson in art, but in humanity and kindness, and most of all, not forgetting the struggles faced by people throughout history.

"It's a lesson in social and cultural history. The students realize that when they've had a bad day, it's not so bad. It's not so bad," says Evans, "And they become humbled, I mean they've been humbled. They do incredible work and I'm so proud of them."

The exhibit is on display at the JCC on Clubhouse Road in Vestal until June 14th. Evans' students' work can be seen throughout the community this summer. Portraits of suffragists are up at the Broome County Office Building and Faces of the Underground Railroad are on display at the library on SUNY Broome's campus.