"The museum is an extremely important event for the university, and KSU is really trying to push the face that we are trying to be a progressive school," Kidd said. "For all the attention to be scooped away from the importance of the museum to this controversy it really just is not doing much for our image."
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As of Wednesday morning, Tammy DeMel, a spokeswoman for the university, said the artwork in question, a piece created by Atlanta area artist Ruth Stanford, an associate professor at Georgia State University, remained banned from the exhibit. Harris spent much of her writing career at a homestead in Cartersville, which was donated to the university in 2008.
An introduction to the "See through Walls" exhibit, displayed on the entranceway to the room where Stanford's piece was intended to be displayed, explains the collection is meant to evoke a deep personal examination from viewers.
Kidd said the student art community was floored by Papp's decision, especially since the university had commissioned Stanford to create the exhibit in the first place.
"I don't think too many people know about the controversy," the art history major said.
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community is reeling. If we don't have a voice, we don't have anything at all," Kidd said.
Billy Howard, an Atlanta resident, spoke out against Papp's decision on the Zuckerman Museum's Facebook page earlier this week.
A growing number of supporters have spoken out online against Papp's decision, with most of them coming from the local arts community, DeMel said. The university hasn't heard a lot of feedback from students, DeMel said.
remove the artwork from the museum's display during a tour of the museum last Thursday, just two days before the grand opening.
She would like to see Papp apologize for hastily removing the art and to reinstall it.
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Banning the installation was the worst possible move, she said, as it removed Stanford's voice.
Kidd, 27, is active in the KSU art community and said she was disappointed by Papp's decision.
"I was flabbergasted," she said.
"The examination of what is on, beneath and beyond the surface is a way of talking about the art experience itself," the wall reads.
After months of work, Stanford created a large, three dimensional installation made of wood, paper and mixed media for the museum's opening day, March 1. She had collected writings of Harris and placed them across her work. On the back wall, Stanford had pasted a segment of the text from Harris' 1899 inflammatory letter, which included racially offensive language, said Rachel Kidd, the sculpture artist in residence at KSU.
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She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in fine arts with a concentration in sculpture in May and said she worked for more than a year with the school staff to prepare for the March 1 opening. She said Papp's last minute decision to pull Stanford's artwork put a damper on the opening of the new museum, and diverted attention away from its importance.
The piece didn't strike Kidd as offensive and merely did what art is supposed to do invoke feelings in viewers and question societal norms.
Stanford was commissioned by the university to create a display based on the homestead to run in the museum's new "See through Walls" exhibit. The exhibit's theme was to focus on art that communicated a "sense of place."
"It didn't really look super racially charged," Kidd said.
"Concerns were raised that the subject matter of one proposed exhibit, Ruth Stanford's 'A Walk in the Valley' is not aligned with the celebratory atmosphere of the museum's opening. We therefore made the decision to display Nike Air Force One Womens
"We would like it to be acknowledged that what he did was not right," Kidd said.
On Wednesday afternoon, senior KSU student Monisha Bernard, who works at the museum and was at the opening exhibit Saturday, said she hadn't heard much discussion among her peers about the artwork.
The university released a statement Friday defending its decision:
The Zuckerman Museum opened on the campus of KSU on Saturday, minus Stanford's work. Several protesters attended the opening, holding large black signs with the word "CENSORED" emblazoned in white letters as Gov. Nathan Deal and Papp gave congratulatory speeches about KSU's new museum. The protesting artists wore black T shirts with images of Stanford's art on the Nike Air Force 1 High On Feet back, covered with the word "Censored."
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