Bean-Bag Toss Boards for the Lafayette Art Museum

On June 17th, the Lafayette Art Museum will auction off unique bean-bag toss boards, painted by local artists. The Auction will take place after a barbecue dinner at the Fowler House.
Although I’ve been pretty busy with moving to Indianapolis for the summer, I thought it’d be awesome to work on one more art project. I volunteered to paint a set of boards, and they came out quite nice. I decided to keep it simple and repeat the circle shape in the form of Swiss cheese, with mice for accents :p

 

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Impressionist Claude Monet’s triptych finally reunited after 30 years!

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_new=44635&int_sec=2

KANSAS CITY, MO.- For the first time in more than 30 years, all three panels of a remarkable water lily triptych by the preeminent Impressionist Claude Monet will be on view together, from April 9 to Aug. 7, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibition reunites the right-hand panel, from the Nelson-Atkins collection, with panels owned by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The three were last exhibited together in 1979. With the exception of a triptych in New York’s Museum of Modern Art, this is the only Monet triptych in the United States.

“What this show does is it puts our Monet in context,” said Ian Kennedy, Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Curator, European Painting and Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins. “This will be a much more intimate experience of his work than what you normally get in museums. It’s a very focused experience of Monet, without distractions, and you get to see the paintings as he intended them to be seen—not separated and surrounded by other pictures.”

Without doubt, Monet (1840-1926) was the most important of all the Impressionist painters, and his water lily paintings represent the culmination of his career, dominating the last decades of his life. “These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession for me,” he wrote to a friend in 1909. “It is beyond my strength as an old man, and yet I want to render what I feel.”

Monet’s famous garden at his home in Giverny provided the inspiration for these and all of his water lily paintings, and the exhibition will bring to life the importance and beauty of this garden—and the artist’s passion for it—through a range of archival photographs, as well as an early, rarely seen film from 1915, showing Monet painting outdoors in his garden.

It is believed that Monet began work on these three massive canvases, each measuring approximately 7 feet by 14 feet, in 1915 and continued to rework them in his studio at Giverny until his death more than 10 years later.

“We don’t even know for sure whether he considered them finished,” said Simon Kelly, who, as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum and former associate curator of European painting and sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins, has been working on this exhibition for more than three years.

A major focus of Monet’s Water Lilies will be revelatory conservation work that highlights the extent to which the artist—widely thought of as a spontaneous painter—obsessively changed his composition over the years. Through x-ray imaging, light boxes, and computerized cross-sections, conservators have discovered more about Monet’s changes. For example, beneath a cluster of water lilies on the Nelson-Atkins canvas, conservators found the image of an agapanthus plant that Monet suppressed halfway through painting it. An x-ray of the agapanthus will be part of the exhibition.

“The exhibition will explore the whole issue of process, really giving us a sense of how Monet worked, how he built up his paint layers,” Kelly said.

In a separate, dedicated space, the paintings themselves will be displayed with side panels at slight angles to recreate something of the panoramic experience of the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris where several of Monet’s water lily triptychs are mounted.

“Monet painted these in the panoramic tradition, but with no horizon line, so it’s an internalized psychological panorama,” Kennedy said. “We want people to contemplate, to become completely submerged in the experience. There will even be background music as visitors enter the main display so people will have this meditative, almost yoga-like experience looking at the pictures.”

After the exhibition premieres at the Nelson-Atkins, it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum in the fall of 2011, before showing at the Cleveland Museum of Art at a date to be confirmed.

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Fine Arts Senior Show (Purdue)

It’s been pretty hectic as of late with finals coming up. I had one portfolio review for Life Drawing II, and two more to go.
Recently my work has been in the senior show and can be seen in the background of the Journal and courier :p Here is the link to it!

http://www.jconline.com/article/20110422/ENT15/104220306/Purdue-Fine-Arts-seniors-present-one-their-biggest-shows-ever

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Comic Author of “Axe Cop” is a kid

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/04/14/exp.Axe.Cop.cnn

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Community and Nonprofit work

As an artist, I firmly believe that works of art can enrich the lives of people within a community. I love to engage myself in nonprofit work that can benefit the community as a whole. These works can serve to raise awareness for social issues, raise funds for cancer research and bring outsiders to the local art scene.

   In 2009 I helped to work on a project titled  “The Dog Days of Summer.” The work was a

a collaboration between the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the 100th anniversary of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Events were also planned this project where children and adults could learn about veterinary care.

   In 2010 I volunteered to paint a rain barrel for the  Tippecanoe Co. Soil & Water Conservation. District. The rain barrel was displayed at the farmer’s 4H fair and brought awareness to recycling rain water. 

   In 2010 I also participated in the Cancer Culture and Community Colloquium. The Oncological Sciences Center in Discovery Park  along with the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University  collaborated to create the event. The event highlighted the life of Harvey Pekar, a famous underground comic artist writer.  Local artists were asked to volunteer their skills to create works illustrated cancer survivor stories. I contributed to the event by illustrating the stories for Catalina Florescu and  Laura Scott.

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Found on CNN.com, homeless can earn money from painting

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/03/26/whitfield.homeless.art.cnn?hpt=C2

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Cancer, Culture and Community at La La Gallery

The cancer culture and community group of Indiana is having a fundraising exhibition "Graphic Novels."
I illustrated two different cancer stories for the event, which is taking place
on March 18 from 6 pm – 10 pm at Lala Gallery and Studio
for a reception in celebration of the fundraising exhibition: "Graphic Novels."

Profits from all sales to be donated to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

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