Common Ground is an autobiographical two-woman show featuring the work of two friends, Selina Akter and Anna Rowan. Both artists come from vastly different backgrounds and view their upbringings differently; one with positivity and nostalgia, and the other with bittersweet, smoldering beauty, tempered with almost frenetic energy. As with most things, it is complicated. The study in contrasts is fascinating. Common Ground traces key moments in artists’ life and culminates in a large collaborative piece symbolizing their current friendship.
Anna Rowan holds a BFA from Louisiana Tech, while Selina Akter holds a BFA from the University of Colorado, Denver. Rowan has exhibited and curated many projects in Monroe at the Upstairs and Big Room Galleries. She also taught art for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, and Parkview Housing Project. Akter has exhibited extensively in the Denver and Monroe area, as well as in Bangladesh.