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"Owned" Exhibition and Gallery Reception Showcases the Presence of Slavery

(ELGIN, IL – November 10, 2009) Judson University’s International Justice Mission Chapter invites Church groups and the Fox Valley community to attend “Owned,” a special gallery exhibit on display from November 16-24, and a reception on Friday, November 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Draewell Gallery, located in the Harm A. Weber Academic Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin, Ill.).

“Owned” will feature select posters created by students in Professor Melanie Gibb’s Typography 1 course for International Justice Mission. Second year Visual Communications students collaborated with the members of Judson’s chapter of International Justice Mission to develop typographic posters that shed light on the global epidemic of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us as students, especially sophomores, to showcase our work to the rest of the campus, particularly when it is supporting an organization with a purpose as great as IJM,” says Anna Cooper, a sophomore who served as curator and organizer of the “Owned” exhibit. “The quality of content put into this project - a project with a higher purpose - is in such a significant contrast to past design assignments that it is hard to walk away from this experience unaffected.”

Rachel Delph, a Visual Communications student and president of Judson’s International Justice Mission (IJM) Chapter, couldn’t agree more. “The work we did educates others about human rights issues in our own time, and is a real step toward positive change.”

International Justice Mission is a Christian human rights agency that works to rescue and restore victims of violent oppression, to prosecute perpetrators, and to promote functioning justice systems in countries plagued by government and police corruption. Judson’s chapter seeks to support International Justice Mission and their clients by praying for them, raising awareness about their plight, and by raising funds to support the work of IJM as they serve some of the world's most vulnerable people.

The “Owned” gallery show has been a collaborative effort between the Art and Design departments and the IJM chapter. Delph believes the exhibit’s opening will be a celebration of the Judson community's shared commitment to helping the poor and oppressed in the world.

The chapter has already hosted several prayer meetings and movie nights, and is currently in the middle of "No-Slave November," a month-long contest/fundraiser, with all the proceeds going toward the International Justice Ministry (not the Judson chapter). This year, the Judson Chapter’s goal is to raise $1,000 and to earn IJM's "Justice Campus" designation.

For more information about Judson’s IJM Chapter or the reception on November 20, contact IJM Chapter President Rachel Delph at 1rdelph@student.judsonu.edu.

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