Activist Matthew Works to visit Marian University

August 25, 2012

November 3, 2011


Marian University will host activist Matthew Works’ art installation entitled “Nowhere to Lay His Head” in Dorcas Chapel during the week of November 6 – 12. Works’ art brings attention to the issue of homelessness and social justice.

In addition to the art installation, Marian’s Campus Ministry Center will host “An Open Conversation with Matthew Works” on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.

“This installation embodies the best spirit of Dorcas Chapel as a place where faith and justice meet in creative ways. We are delighted to host an exhibit that explores pressing contemporary issues through the lens of faith and art,” said Kate Candee, vice president for Mission and Retention. “Works’ installation is an opportunity for the wider University community to put a face on the issue of homelessness. Through art and lecture, Works brings alive the growing epidemic of homelessness in this country.”

Works is an artist, writer and activist and has personally experienced the hostility directed at the homeless by people who assume that people who are poor or without a home are lazy or shiftless. Works speaking and art installation schedule stand in contrast to these attitudes.

Works has lived in Boston for the past 30 years, with the last 13 years having been spent “out on the streets.” His studio is mobile by necessity and he creates his artwork in a variety of locations. Over the past three years, he has traveled extensively throughout the United States and spoken to church congregations, colleges and universities. Works has been featured on National Public Radio and was profiled in the New York Times’ bestselling book “God’s Politics” by Rev. Jim Wallis.

These events are free and open to the public. During his weeklong visit, Works’ will be available to make personal visits and presentions to the greater Fond du Lac community. For more information, contact Kate Candee at 920-923-8727.