There is one week left until the Viking Union Gallery exhibit, “Labyrinth: Beyond the Body” wraps up on Friday, March 2.


“Labyrinth” is an identity-focused journal on campus, and this year, the release of the newest issue will coincide with the end of the gallery’s run. The journal release party will be hosted in the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1. At the event will be live readings of written pieces, as well as Starbucks coffee, Mallard ice cream and even live music. The release party is free.


The gallery’s theme is focused on women’s identity and empowerment, said VU Gallery Director Ashley Hollender.


During the call for artwork, there were no exclusions. Men and women, as well as students and community members, were allowed to enter. A team of judges voted on the pieces anonymously to create an unbiased collection to showcase.


All of the pieces have been selected to reflect and challenge conventional ideas about feminism and being a woman. Through the pieces there is a mix of themes, including beauty, innocence, fragility, strength and mystery.


There is a variety of works present; everything from a cotton weaving, lithography, digital photography, acrylic paint, mixed media on panels, a miniature model, woodcut print, perforated pigment print, to even a painted mannequin.


The show does a good job of creating an atmosphere to get the viewer thinking about all the ideas and common conceptions of what defines a woman. It is about the subtle influences on our perceptions--whether it is our past experiences or internal moods--and bringing those out from the walls of the gallery, and into the community’s conversation.