Please join us on Zoom as Donald Gensler presents “Murals and Art in the Public Sphere.”
Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Artsbridge is going BIG with renowned mural artist and public art project manager, Donald Gensler. Viewers to his presentation “Murals and Art in the Public Sphere” will see finished murals and get to experience the process of producing murals through community-focused public-art projects. Gensler’s artworks investigate the personal at a public scale, often focusing on issues of social justice and community identity. Mr. Gensler will share some of his current studio work and discuss the administrative challenges in developing a community-focused public-art program.
As the “Art in Public Places” project manager for the Sacramento Office of Arts and Culture, Gensler manages restorations, ongoing projects, and new public art projects for the City of Sacramento. Both an attorney and working visual artist, he’s passionate about making and managing public art projects here and abroad. As an attorney, working in land conservancy and site acquisition, he understands the unique land use and contract challenges involved in locating projects in public spaces. For over twenty-five years he has worked as a visual artist in private, public and non-profit community programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Gensler was an Adjunct Professor in public art at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For ten years, he lectured on public art and mural making at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. While there, he also worked with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, developing social-justice-centered arts programs. He actively writes about public space, mural making, social justice, and public art. His murals and writings on public art have been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer and in recent publications such as books by Maureen O’Connell, If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice, Kiriakos Iosifidis, Mural Art: Murals on Huge Public Spaces Around the World Vol. 2, and Jane Golden, Natalie Pompilio, and Robin Rice, More Philadelphia Murals.
Topic: Artsbridge Distinguished Artist Series with Donald Gensler
Time: Sep 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
And the People’s Choice Award Winner is… Robert McBride for “Golden Hour, Anker Park”, a 12”x24” pastel on paper, as voted by you. He will receive a gift card from Jerry’s Artarama.
We are pleased to announce that Carol Cruickshanks, artist and Executive Director of New Hope Arts, was the jurist for awards. Awards were presented to these artists for their outstanding art.
3-Dimensional,“Shuttering” by Bonnie MacAllister Watercolor/pastel/drawing,“Benjamin Franklin Bridge” by Christine Seo Photography & Digital art,“Solitude” by Susan Hollenbeck Acrylic Painting,“Four Years and an Hour” by Robert Hansen Oil Painting,“Snowy Dawn” by Francisco Silva The Ty Hodanish Award for Oil Landscape,“Moonlight Sonata” by Ilene Rubin.
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Our dear friend Peter Hunt passed away in March. At the request of Peter’s family, we have established the Peter Hunt Memorial Art Fund. This fund will be used specifically for future Plein Air painting events or other similar events in his memory. To donate, you may send a check to:
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Thank you to all our donors as of 12-29-20: Tom & Joanne Chesar, Robb & Debby Sussna, Kay King, Tom & Linda Whitcraft, John Ennis & Jo-Ann Osnoe, Artsbridge, Gary Fournier, Cindy Ruenes, Marla Richie, Robert Beck & Doreen Wright, Dolores & Dolores Herr, Robert Barish, Edward Greninger