Resistance seems de rigueur in our current cultural climate. Whether it is
obstruction of a political initiative, a check on power, the refusal to accept
a policy, or opposition to an immoral position, the call to confront apathy and
compliance is all around us. Through resistance, we demonstrate to ourselves
that there are things worth our effort and investment.
Persistence, popularly called
"grit," refers to perseverance in spite of difficulty. Angela Duckworth, in her recent book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,
says, “To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To
be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty
is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty
is to fall down seven times, and rise eight.” Through persistence, we remind ourselves
that making progress is a daily, tireless practice.
Tenacity is the strength and backbone it takes to resist and persist. It
is a strength of resolve. Tenacity is the confidence and courage necessary to
maintain a tight grip on what is important.
The nontraditional adult students at Furman
personify daily resistance, persistence, and tenacity. Through the works of art
submitted by students, graduates, staff, and friends of Undergraduate Evening
Studies (UES), we catch a glimpse into how they define these three related
qualities. We see what it is they must resist, ways they are called to persist,
and the tenacity required to achieve their goals.
Art Loan Agreement & Exhibit A [List of Artwork(s) for Consideration]
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 19, 2018