The women and gender studies program at Luther College is hosting a welcome reception and art exhibit from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in the Gjerset House – Women and Gender Equality Center, on the Luther College campus.
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The welcome reception is being held for Lisa Scott, Luther's new interim dean for Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and gallery exhibit features the works of Yousra Elkhalifa, who focuses on paintings of women of color.
"My work, as a painter, has been heavily influenced by my identity. Being an immigrant, a Muslim, a person of color and a woman, has forced me to see the world through a certain lens. This lens has defined my art.
"From a young age, it became apparent to me that there was a lack of positive representation of women who looked like me in many realms including fine art. Thus, it is important to me that people recognize my intention to exalt the black woman in my work. I strive to represent women in a powerful and dominant manner," Elkhalifa said.
Born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Elkhalifa and her family immigrated to the United States as a child. Although she'd enjoyed art and design since she was a child, she discovered a love of painting when she was 18. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May 2016, and is enrolled in law school at American University Washington College of Law.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.