PHOSPHENE: PUSHING FOR A MORE INCLUSIVE ROANOKE
Phosphene is an exhibition that is meant to shed light on the work of young female and gender non-conforming artists. The show features four artists, Sydney Barton, Peyton Stanley, Isa Long, and Gabi Thiam. All four of these artists have spent time living in Virginia, three out of four are living, working, or grew up in the Roanoke valley community. Roanoke is a vibrant and ever-growing town, filled with people who have diverse backgrounds and interests. While this is represented in Roanoke’s art community, gallery spaces and representation is still dominated by older white men. This show is a push for the cultivation of inclusivity and innovation among the Roanoke art community.