mu dylan scholinski headshotPHOTO: Dylan Scholinski's work is on exhibit at Monmouth U's Pollak Gallery.

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of a new gallery exhibit by Dylan Scholinski taking place in the Pollak Gallery from March 5 through April 10. Artist, activist, and author of the award-winning memoir “The Last Time I Wore a Dress,” Scholinski has appeared on 20/20, Dateline and Today to discuss his experiences living a transgendered life. Scholinski will give a lecture in conjunction with this exhibition on Thursday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Dylan Scholinski was born Daphne Scholinski. As a young girl growing up in the Chicago suburbs, she played first base in Little League and preferred drawing to playing with dolls. When she was 15 years old she was locked up in a mental hospital, diagnosed as "an inappropriate female", and spent the rest of her high school years undergoing extreme femininity training. At 18, her insurance ran out and she was discharged.

Now 48 years old, Dylan resides in Denver, Colorado and is a distinguished artist, author, and public speaker. Recently his award-winning book, “The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir,” was listed in the Top 10 Must Reads in Out Magazine’s first transgender issue. Scholinski is also the founder/witness for the Sent(a)Mental Studios an artistic safe haven dedicated to helping facilitate creative alternatives to suicide. He spends much of his time working in his studio, public speaking, creating zines— such as Freedom of Depression, Please Forgive Me For Judging You, Sent(a)Mental - and frequently opens his studio to a variety of at-risk youth to provide safe space to explore and discover ways of expressing and empowering themselves without bringing harm to themselves or others.

Scholinski will be exhibiting his own work— which portrays the anguish of his hospital years and his ultimate triumph—as well as examples of artwork by from his “lead with your heart” workshop in which participants use the image of the heart as a template to create the own artwork and show how the heart connects us all. His work can be seen online at http://dylanscholinski.weebly.com.

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PHOTO: Thorazine Crush, by Dylan Scholinski

The Pollak Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as during special events. All gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information about these events and all Monmouth University Center for the Arts events visit www.monmouth.edu/arts or call 732-263-5715.

 

Event:                                    Dylan Scholinski

Exhibition Dates:                March 5 – April 10, 2015

Lecture:                               March 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm in Pollak Theatre

Where:                                   Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave, W. Long Branch, NJ

Sponsored By:                   Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts

Cost:                                      Free and Open to the Public