An art show about important American Issues
Curated by Peggy Sivert Zask and Ben Zask
January 14 – February 19, 2017
also Faces Within
Curated by Karrie Ross
February 19, 3-5 pm: Link to Video of Artist Talk Event
Dear President is an art exhibition corresponding with the presidential inauguration in January 2017. The artwork being shown touches on issues that face our country. The art will be displayed along with the artists’ letters to the president as a statement. All the artwork and letters will be combined into a catalog that will be mailed out to Washington DC to the President, other representatives and the press. The catalog will also be available to order for purchase.
The idea for this exhibition originated at the beginning of this 2016 election process. Hillary, Trump and Sanders, three very different and effective personalities, participated with conflicting views. These clashing disputes on American policy brought out the passions of a large number of citizens who had once been politically apathetic. Hillary was poised to break the glass ceiling, but represented the establishment; while outsiders, Trump and Sanders, appealed to the disenfranchised while attempting to turn the establishment upside down. The issues that were brought to the surface started a forceful national dialog.
Artists have an unexpected way of contributing to the conversation through their unique visual interpretations. They bring a sensitivity and perspective to the issues through emotional expression, abstraction, visualization, humor, and parody. These works of art seek to create and communicate a collective narrative, articulating who we are, where we come from, what we stand for and what we are against.
Some of America’s major issues will be addressed in the exhibition such as: Money in Politics, Climate Change, Military Quagmires, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Education, Polarization (Cultural divisiveness), Inequality (social and economic), Gun Control, Immigration, Military Spending, GMO, Fracking, Space, Drug Policy, Welfare, Criminal Justice, and more…
January 14 – February 19, 2017
Participating Artists in Dear President:
Claudia Bear, Marconi Calindas, Kate Carvellas, Darice Chang, Michael Chomick, Annie Clavel, Preston Craig, Gina Cunningham, Rick Dallago, John Dingler, Edem Elesh, Paige Emery , Luis Favela, Kathi Flood, Scott Froschauer, Steve Fujimoto, Richelle Gribble, Elwing Gonzalez, Cie Gumucio, Benjamin Jancewicz, Julian Kehle, Janet Le, Sheri Leigh O’Conner, Eva Kolosvary-Stupler, Mona-Lisa Lind, Ann Mann Lynch, Gina M., Zachary Mendoza, Narsiso Martinez, Karena Massengill, Mary Milelzcik, Tom Miller, Johnny Naked, Ellen November, Michelle Nunes, Toni Reinis, Michelle Rozic, Kuniko Ruch, Mati Russo, Tatiana Savchenko, Cintia Alejandra Segovia, Peggy Sivert, Micheal Swank, Curtis Taylor, Daggi Wallace, Tammy West, Bill Zeldis
*Singer/Songwriters Performing at Reception:
Nancy Larew, Sarah Stone, Ben Zask, Steve Shriver, Scott Meskill, Anna Stump, Vicki Barkley, Raymond Logan, Randi Matushevitz, Malka Nedivi, Leonard D Breco, Jr., Beanie Karmen, Lore Elkelberry, Cansu Bulgu.
Humans as well as other mammals are adept at reading other’s emotional state, mostly by looking at the face. (the eyes are windows to the world). Karrie Ross tried to tap into 14 artists emotional state by having them create not a full face, but half a face. This was effective in that each artist had to push out of their usual way of working in order to focus on a topic that was new to them, fitting for our new political climate.