SAN JACINTO – The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery is announcing the exhibit “Visualizing Social Change – the Graphic Art of Chaz Maviyane-Davies,” which will be on display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Nov. 6 – Dec. 7.
The college will host an artist’s talk and public reception 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the San Jacinto Campus Art Gallery, Building 1400.
The 36 graphic posters on view by the artist are compelling images examining the human condition.
Maviyane-Davies’s prolific career is highlighted with numerous international awards. He was recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with an award for outstanding innovator in his commitment to the struggle to transform society and create a just future as well as by Simmons College in Boston with an award for courage and integrity in using art to stimulate activism for social change. An Honor Laureate at the 13th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, he was a recipient of the Anthon Beeke International design award in Amsterdam, and in 1993, he was selected as Visual Artist of the Year by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. Some of his additional awards include: gold medals from the Advertising Association of Zimbabwe for four consecutive years, a bronze medal in the 11th Biennale of Graphic Design Brno, Czechoslovakia, and a silver medal in the eighth International Biennial of the Poster, Mexico.
In a published interview in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the professional association of design, Maviyane-Davies said, “If anything, design is struggle, because if we don’t struggle with something, we’re not saying anything.”
The curated selection of posters represented at the exhibit will display an introduction to the wide scope of a career spanning more than three decades. Born in Zimbabwe, Maviyane-Davies lived in Switzerland, London, Zambia and Japan before settling in the Boston area. He is an artist, author and teacher and is Professor Emeritus of design at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston where he taught until 2016.
“Over the years I have tried to use images and ideas to cut through complacency and apathy while trying to raise consciousness about an array of social issues from discrimination and human rights, to health and the environment,” Chaz Maviyane-Davies said.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Mt. San Jacinto College Diversity Committee with support by the MSJC Foundation. The selected posters are jointly curated by Eileen Doktorski, chair of the San Jacinto Campus Art Department and John Knuth, full-time instructor and art gallery curator.