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The Value of Good Home Economics

“What we have been becomes the country where we are.” Wendell Berry, Anniversary

10 years ago, Harwood Art Center opened its main gallery to my MFA thesis, Home Economics, when few other galleries around town were willing. I wanted to create a hand-made domestic interior and prepare and serve meals in the gallery throughout the month of September. Centering food in the gallery made many gallerists nervous, as it continues to do. I am grateful to Darby Photos, who directed Harwood’s exhibitions at the time, for her forward thinking and open-mindedness.

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Jennifer DePaolo
Paid Apprenticeship in Art & Social Justice

In 6 weeks, this team coalesced their findings into a design for a public artwork that provides shade and seating, utilizes solar power, has a kinetic component, and honors the diversity of the International District as requested by our La Mesa neighborhood partners.

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Jennifer DePaolo