Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design will partner with Maryville University to present I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, a powerful traveling exhibition created as a positive response to the rising tide of gun violence in America. Conceived by metalsmith Boris Bally and brought to St. Louis through the help of his long-time collector Michael Staenberg, the exhibition features works by some 100 artists who have crafted sculptures using decommissioned firearms collected during community buy-back programs.
Throughout history, artists have served as the voices and illustrators of movements for change. Bally asked contemporary artists to use their unique skills and perspectives to advocate for positive change in response to gun violence. The works in this two-gallery exhibition highlight the skill and beauty—as well as the danger and fear—evoked by metalsmithing techniques and materials that form both sculptures and guns alike.