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Gund Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Trees,’ an Exhibition Inviting New Dialogue about Our Relationship to Our Environment

GAMBIER, Ohio -- The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College is pleased to announce "The Art of Trees," an exhibition on view at the Gund from January 22 - April 11, 2021.

"The Art of Trees" reveals the many resonances, forms, and relationships of trees. Exploring themes of restoration and destruction, community and isolation, location and identity, and fragile temporalities, the 14 artists featured in the exhibition experiment with a range of mediums from painting to digital video, and even use trees as creative collaborators to express our essential and inseparable bond with these guardians of the earth.

"The Art of Trees" invites an interdisciplinary dialogue about personal, local, and global relationships to the environment, while simultaneously drawing attention to interactions between trees themselves, the communities they form, and their resilience despite human interference.

"The sense of community that trees uniquely inspire came to life through the collaborative curatorial endeavor of Gund Associates, Gallery and College staff, and Kenyon faculty," says Dr. Jodi Kovach, curator of academic programs at the Gund Gallery and an important participant in the development of the exhibition. She continues, "By leveraging one another's experiences with nature, modes of aesthetic appreciation, and perspectives on the environmental crisis, they have realized an exhibition that shows us how art can transform our ways of living with and in the natural world."

The participating Gund Associates add, "We hope that this exhibition provokes discussion about the environment and invites a heightened collective consciousness about the intersection of community and place, near and far."

In addition, the Gund Gallery is pleased to present "Nearby Voices." This special section of "The Art of Trees" exhibition offers artistic reflections on the local landscape as a shared point of witness and imagines trees as archives of commonly held stories and experiences that branch across generations of a community. "Nearby Voices" bridges the gap between global and local environmental concerns by engaging with the art and voices of community members. It will also include the work of 2020-21 artist-in-residence Brian Harnetty, an interdisciplinary, socially and environmentally engaged artist who is working collaboratively with community members to create a "sonic map" of Gambier and surrounding Knox County.

"The Art of Trees" is curated by a committee of Gund Associates, Kenyon faculty, and Gund Gallery staff who worked together in a collaborative, multi-year process to bring this project to life.

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About the Gund Gallery Associates Program:

The Gund Gallery Associate Program offers Kenyon College students an opportunity to complement their formal liberal arts education with meaningful career experiences and informal learning opportunities. Working with museum professionals, Gund Gallery Associates are able to participate in all aspects of museum work including behind-the-scenes operations, curatorial research and planning, collection maintenance, and educational outreach. An extension of the classroom, the program integrates theory with practice by building and promoting collaboration and exchange between students, faculty, and community.

About the Gund Gallery:

The Gund Gallery is located on the beautiful 1,000-acre wooded campus of Kenyon College in the village of Gambier, Ohio just 45 miles from downtown Columbus. The Gund is dedicated to presenting 20th-21st century art and visual culture that reflects and informs the interdisciplinary mission of liberal arts education. Exhibitions and all public programs at the Gallery are free and open to the public.

Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

To learn more visit http://www.thegundgallery.org/, call 740-427-5972, or email gundgallery@kenyon.edu.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Museum of Sex Presents BAD: Betty A. Dodson, A Tribute

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Museum of Sex (MoSex) proudly announces details about its winter exhibition, "BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute". This exhibition, the first museum retrospective devoted to Dodson's nearly 70-year career as an artist and educator, will be on view at the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) starting December 14, 2020.

Composed of over 50 paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, and ephemera - all reflecting Dodson's unflinching belief in sexual equality for women-the show is organized chronologically, offering an in-depth look at the progression of Dodson as artist, educator, and feminist icon. Dodson illuminates aspects of sexuality, especially women's sexuality, that many would rather ignore.

According to Carlin Ross, Dodson's business partner, Dodson's "self-love and devotion to pleasure inspired generations of women to look inward and tell the rest of the world to f**k off." The show confronts controversial subjects with an impassioned honesty that can be liberating, challenging, and beautiful.

No one believed in the emancipatory power of self-touch more than Dodson. Told through her paintings, drawings, and words, "BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute" chronicles Betty's journey from a young artist discovering her own sexuality and power in 1950s New York to an adult repressing her desires. She eventually became the well-known liberated feminist who embraced her own sexual needs, destigmatized masturbation, and mentored others-particularly women-on their own voyages in search of self-acceptance and fulfillment.

"Betty is a true feminist icon who spent her entire life fighting for women's liberation through the embrace of pleasure," says Daniel Gluck, the Museum of Sex's executive director and founder. "Betty was one of the museum's advisors and we are honored to be able to introduce our visitors to her rich history and legacy."

"BAD: Betty A. Dodson & the Liberation of Masturbation, A Tribute" was organized by Karen Eckhaus, associate curator.

ABOUT BETTY A. DODSON

Betty A. Dodson (1929-2020) achieved international recognition with several groundbreaking erotic art exhibitions in the 1960s and 1970s before leaving the art world to become a feminist sex teacher. She designed and facilitated workshops that taught masturbation skills so women could explore their own sexual pleasure. In 1974 she self-published her first book, "Liberating Masturbation: A Meditation on Selflove". Her book "Sex for One" was published in 1986 and became a paperback classic when it was revised in 1996. "Orgasms for Two" (2002) embraced partner sex and "Sex by Design" is a memoir that details her experiences with America's sexual revolution, the women's movement, and her feminist sexual activism. She received a Ph.D. in sexology in 1992 and has produced three videotapes that document her pioneering teaching methods. Dodson was recently named one of the top ten sexual revolutionaries by Cosmopolitan magazine and number 43 of the 100 most important people in sex by Playboy Magazine.

Learn more about her work on her website, https://dodsonandross.com/ (mature content).

ABOUT MUSEUM OF SEX

The mission of the Museum of Sex is to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of human sexuality. Since opening in 2002, the museum has collaborated with world-renowned cultural institutions, artists, and academics to create exhibitions and interactive programs that explore the best in current scholarship in the arts, sciences, and humanities. From fine art to historical ephemera, its permanent collection is comprised of more than 15,000 sexually significant artifacts.

For more information, visit: https://www.museumofsex.com/ (mature content).

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Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) New York, NY 10016; (212) 689 6337.

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#2020EyesColorado Youth Art Contest Winners Announced

DENVER, Colo. -- 2020 Eyes Colorado and the Colorado Optometric Association (COA) announce the winners of the #2020EyesColorado First Annual Youth Art Contest. Students grades 1-12 were invited to submit 2D artwork while reflecting on the value of their eyesight through the theme, A Beautiful Sight. The goal of the competition was to engage Colorado students in understanding the value of their eyes and their own eye health. The COA sponsored public health campaign, 2020 Eyes Colorado, seeks to increase eye health awareness throughout Colorado communities.

The contest launched in January of 2020 and due to the pandemic school shutdowns, the entry deadline was extended to October 15, 2020.

More than 170 Colorado students submitted paintings, drawings, digital art, and photography from all over the state. Many participants shared powerful insights on vision that will inspire other students to understand the value of their own vision.

Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School Senior and winner of her age group says, "To see is to experience the world in all its beauty. Without my vision, I wouldn't be able to witness sunsets, rainbows, or the smiles on others' faces-my biggest inspirations."

One winner from each age group was selected based on scoring from the judging panel. Prizes include a $200 donation to each winner's school, the high school winner receives an iPad Pro, the middle school winner receives a SketchBox Premium Subscription, and the elementary winner receives a Green Kids Craft Subscription Box.

The #2020EyesColorado Artist Award Recipients*

Winner Grades 9-12:
Angelina Blanco, Grandview High School

Winner Grades 6-8:
Sophia Orishev, Campus Middle School

Winner Grades 1-5:
Maxim Furmanov, Greenwood Elementary School

*View artwork submissions and the complete list of winners and honorable mentions here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/art-contest/

Entries were scored by local Colorado artists; Matthew Lit, photographer, designer and educator; Alexis Davina, fine arts and portraiture; Julie Babcock, artist of unusual mediums; and Dr. Matt Buchanan, a local optometrist and COA Board Member.

"The level of creativity and depth of thought that these young artists put forth in their entries, is so inspiring. What an immense privilege it was to be on the panel of judges," said Alexis Davina.

Matt Litt explains, "I was continually surprised by the uniqueness and creativity of so many of the entries - especially from the younger artists! Many entries spoke of an inherent artistic ability. What a great experience this has been."

"What an honor to look at so much beautiful creativity and art! It was exciting to see all the different ideas and themes relating to their individual seeing experiences. What a pleasure," noted Julie Babcock.

Stay tuned for the #2020EyesColorado Second Annual Youth Art Competition in 2021.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign titled 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

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‘Lest We Forget’ Art Show Looks Back at Four Years of the Trump Administration

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Phoenix, Arizona artist Bob Diercksmeier announced today that his art exhibition "Lest We Forget" will remain online at lestweforgetartshow.com through November 3, 2020. The show features 13 works created in 2020, all relating to events before and during the Trump Presidential administration since 2016. Visitors can view all pieces in a virtual 3D gallery on the website. The show is online-only because of COVID-19.

Bob is a Phoenix native and has been working as a professional artist in the valley since 1992. This show is a departure from the landscape-oriented work for which he is currently known.

"This work is very different from what I've been doing the past few years," Diercksmeier stated. "It's topical, political, and I hope thought-provoking." When asked why he created the show, Bob replied, "It's just how I naturally responded to all that was happening, all the things that were being said and done. I felt like I had to say something, and I speak my truth through my art."

With just over a week until Election Day, the show is an intriguing review of the last four years. The works explore current issues like immigration, civil rights, discrimination, racism, and hypocrisy in digital and three-dimensional media. The digital pieces have various elaborate visual montages that are output onto different surfaces. The dimensional works include text art with manually stamped lettering, print-on-demand products, and assembled and framed physical objects.

'Lest We Forget' will be viewable online from October 2 through November 3, 2020, at https://lestweforget.bdabstracts.com/.

About Artist Bob Diercksmeier:

Bob Diercksmeier is a Phoenix, Arizona native and a 1988 graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (BFA Illustration). He started his career as a freelance illustrator (rjd-illustration.com), art director, and fine art landscape painter. He started his own graphic design company RJD Creative (rjdcreative.com) in 2001, while still painting the landscape in his free time. In 2015 he recommitted to his fine art efforts, focusing on contemporary representational landscape paintings and drawings (rjdfineart.com). In 2018 Bob expanded his subject matter to include a more abstract representation of the landscape, including different interpretations of various cacti (bdabstracts.com). In 2020 he began a series of pieces that were a notable departure from his landscape-oriented work. This series of topical, politically-oriented works grew into the exhibition "Lest We Forget" (lestweforgetartshow.com).

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The American Friends of Capodimonte announce new Senior Fellow, Board Member and opening of 2021 Fellowship application

CHICAGO, Ill. -- It is with great pleasure that American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) announce the appointment of Dr. Claire Van Cleave as the AFC Senior Fellow at the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy. The AFC's unique mission places an American scholar directly inside the staff of an important Italian museum.

The focus of Dr. Van Cleave's scholarship will be the approximately fifty works on paper from the Farnese collection. This includes important 16th Century works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Parmigianino and Sofonisba Anguissola. Dr. Van Cleave's research will complement the Museum's current campaign to digitize its entire collection.

Dr. Van Cleave, a native of Chicago, is a writer and lecturer on Renaissance art and a specialist on the drawings of the 15th Century Italian painter Luca Signorelli. Her scholarly publications include: "Master Drawings of the Renaissance" (London, 2007), for the British Museum and, as co-author, of "Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum" (Princeton, 2014). She has also curated exhibitions such as the monographic exhibition devoted to Signorelli at the National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia, Italy in 2012. Her Senior Fellowship begins in September. Information: http://www.americanfriendsofcapodimonte.info/fellows
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The AFC is committed to supporting scholarship on the Capodimonte's extraordinary collection and making the treasures of the Museum accessible to an English-speaking audience," said AFC President, Nancy Vespoli. "Claire came to us with a project that was perfectly attuned to our mission and impossible to resist."

The Board of the AFC is also pleased to announce that it is receiving applications for the 2021-22 AFC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, the only fellowship for an American art historian in an Italian museum. Information: http://www.americanfriendsofcapodimonte.info/afc-fellowship-about. Dr. James P. Anno served as the first AFC Fellow from 2017-2019 and was recently appointed Associate Curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

In July, Gretchen A. Hirschauer was named to the AFC Board. Gretchen is a Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During her long tenure, Gretchen has curated many exhibitions with accompanying catalogues, including Flowering of Florence: Botanical Art of the Medici in 2002, Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life in 2009, Piero di Cosimo: the Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence in 2015, and Andrea del Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence in 2019.

"I sincerely thank the American Friends of Capodimonte who offer us the possibility of this international collaboration from which the museum will benefit enormously," said Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte. "The AFC has increased awareness of the Museum with an American audience and given us the opportunity to have important American scholars working alongside our curators."

ABOUT CAPODIMONTE MUSEUM:

Referred to as an "under-visited treasure trove" by the New York Times in 2019 and "the most underrated museum in Italy" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2016, Capodimonte was built in 1738 by King Charles of Bourbon (later King Charles III of Spain). It sits atop the highest hill above the ancient city of Naples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The core of the collection is the Farnese collection of paintings and sculpture, formed in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries by Pope Paul III and his Farnese relatives, later inherited by Charles of Bourbon.

Learn more about Capodimonte at: http://www.museocapodimonte.beniculturali.it/

ABOUT AMERICAN FRIENDS OF CAPODIMONTE (AFC):

Founded in 2016, American Friends of Capodimonte (AFC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to bring awareness about one of the world's greatest museums to an English-speaking audience. AFC members receive exclusive access to Capodimonte Museum and Royal Park, U.S. events related to the museum's collection and priority on custom trips to Naples and beyond.

For more information, visit: http://www.americanfriendsofcapodimonte.info/

or contact AFC President, Nancy Vespoli: americanfriendsofcapodimonte@gmail.com or 203-887-9872.

For information about AFC events and membership, press inquiries, or to set up an interview with Sylvain Bellenger, Director of the Museum and Royal Park of Capodimonte, please contact AFC President, Nancy Vespoli, at americanfriendsofcapodimonte@gmail.com or 203-887-9872.

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Our Lady of Palestine Startup to Support Holy Land Artisans and The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Our Lady of Palestine, a not for profit webstore, signs an exclusive international distribution agreement with Blest Art, Inc., a religious goods company of Beloit, Wisconsin, to sell handicraft products from the Holy Land originating from the Palestinian Territory and Israel.

The agreement applies to all international territories through ecommerce channels. Randy Pagnotta, CEO, PENDX, Inc. established Our Lady of Palestine as a not for profit enterprise with its mission being to support both the Catholic and Christian artisans in the Holy Land (Bethlehem) and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem through the proceeds received from the sale of Christian handicrafts.

Mr. Pagnotta who is also a Knight in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is very excited to partner with Blest Art's Jeryes Qumseya, owner and his son Awad Qumseya, Director. Awad a native of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, brings nearly two decades of experience in working with artisans from the Holy Land Handicraft Cooperative Society that produce and sell through his company.

"We vetted several companies before selecting a partner. At the end of the process we felt Blest Art had the best overall experience in the market, with the culture and with the artisans. These were heavily weighted criteria in our selection process as they go directly to the core of our ability to achieve the mission established for Our Lady of Palestine," says Randy Pagnotta, CEO PENDX, Inc.

There is no dearth of companies providing religious handicrafts purporting to be from the Holy Land. However, where the products originate from and who makes them, man or machine, is not so easy to determine at the point of purchase. Our Lady of Palestine saw a need to authenticate to the consumer that the products being purchased from the website are actually being made in the Holy Land by Holy Land Artisans and not somewhere else. In partnering with Blest Art Our Lady of Palestine can provide that authentication freeing up resources to focus on going to market.

The purchase of authenticated products from Our Lady of Palestine provides a threefold blessing for; the consumer, the local artisans and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem (LPJ). The LPJ plays an invaluable role in the developmental needs of the Catholic and Christian community at large. With the added stress the region has been under since the COVID-19 pandemic our mission takes on a heighten sense of urgency.

"It is refreshing to see that members of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher are volunteering their time to support local artisans from the Holy Land market their products at a time when the tourism sector in the region came to a complete standstill resulting in massive loss of jobs. We pray for the success of the launch of this project designed to support the local Christian communities," said Sami El-Yousef, Chief Executive Officer, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Our Lady of Palestine will launch on Monday September 14, 2020, The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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Nature Photography Fights Impacts of Stress, Stay at Home Order, Too Much Tech

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Founded by Uber alums Jason and Diana Liles, New American Fine Art aims to bring the restorative qualities of the great outdoors to overworked employees and cooped up quarantiners around the globe. The online photography gallery - launching Aug. 24, 2020 - will feature ultra-high-resolution images captured on their year-long sabbatical from the fast-paced tech world.

Their offering includes inspiring landscapes from the Swiss Alps to the California Coast, and - thanks to a proprietary iridium infused print process - the acrylic facemount prints are lifelike, luminous, and richly detailed.

As mental health researchers have often posited, the Lileses believe in the power of nature to relieve stress and restore balance - something that inspired their post-Uber immersion in gorgeous locales around the world. While international travel might feel like a luxury of the past, New American Fine Art hopes to bring the essence of the outdoors into homes and offices when it's needed most.

"Looking at ultra-high-resolution nature prints for five minutes a day can help boost your mood and bounce back from stress, which we could all use right now," says Diana. "We know for many people, it is difficult to get outside right now, and maintaining a good mental state is crucial to your immune system. We hope that our collection can offer people a sense of relief and connection to nature while being cooped up indoors."

Mitigating the impacts of technology overload and stressful work environments is also a driver for husband and wife duo, who met while working at Uber.

"We want to create a product to help our former selves," says Jason. "That's where our idea of the company started." In the first year after leaving Uber, Jason took over 77,000 photos. New American Fine Art showcases the best of the couple's travels in high impact, large format prints.

With their online art gallery, the Lileses are applying their tech expertise to the world of art buying and selling, and helping art lovers around the world to bring a piece of nature indoors.

Gallery Website: https://newamericanfineart.com/

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‘Return’ Sculpture Captures the Fear and Strength in Returning to Our Lives During the Pandemic

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The new "Return" sculpture, by Arizona artist Sean T French, captures the fear and strength in returning to our lives during this crisis.

"Most of my sculpture attempts to exude a timeless quality and are often creatures, amalgams of world myth and imagination," says French. "This new sculpture is different. Although it shares the timeless armor metaphor with most of my sculpture, this piece is about our current time."

Instead of the creatures French often creates this piece depicts a contemporary human wearing armor that is both metaphorical and literal in reference to our wearing masks and face shields/protective gear to enter our now unsafe environment. This figure is crossing a plane, entering or returning to an unknown and unsafe space, as too many of must do in these present crisis days.

"I hope this piece does not become timeless as I hope my others do. I very much hope it will only refer to this moment in the future, not represent our new world," French adds.

The crisis hit while French was working on a large piece in his creature series.

"As the crisis grew, I saw friends, family and people in media have to don their 'armor' - I was inspired by their strength and felt a call for my style and its allegory to depict us in this moment."

"Return" is approximately human sized, mounts on wall space 55x24 inches. Constructed from various metals formed, cast and highly polished

About Fine art of Sean T French:

After earning a BFA at the University of Texas, French has spent decades creating award-winning art. His current studio is located in North Phoenix, Arizona the state of his birth, where he has developed a unique style of sculpting by utilizing refined armoring and metal shaping techniques and casting to produce highly polished, master crafted metal sculpture.

Learn more and view the entire Sean T French collection as well as find future dates and locations for shows/viewing at https://seantfrench.com

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American Artist Mateo Blanco Creates a Portrayal of the American Flag Made from His Clothing

ORLANDO, Fla. -- As our country faces a pandemic and signs of a nation divided, the need for hope and happiness is greater than ever before. Renowned artist and proud American Mateo Blanco has seen these signs and is making a stand for unity through his art.

Blanco created "July 4, 2020," a portrayal of the American flag made from his clothing. Each of the iconic colors making up the flag not only has meaning to this country, but to Blanco personally. The white fabric was made from a shirt he often wore while studying at Florida Atlantic University as he worked hard to not only gain knowledge but wisdom. The red stripes are created from his lucky interview shirt, something he typically wore while spreading his art and message with others. The blue swatch was from the favorite blue workout shirt he wore when trying to get healthy.

All fabrics and colors used in the piece represent Blanco putting his best foot forward, which is exactly what he's encouraging all other Americans to do.

"As a principle, everything I do is through love and happiness," said Blanco. "But right now, everywhere I look in my beloved country, I see pain - we are separated. In order to overcome our struggles, we must individually put our best selves forward and unite as a nation."

This isn't the first time Blanco has used fabric in his art. He's also created "Coat of Many Colors," a portrait of Dolly Parton; and "Joseph, Coat of Many Colors," a tribute to Jewish history. In fact, Blanco is known for his whimsical use of unusual mediums like Smarties(r), coffee beans and rope.

"Typically, my work is light-hearted and fun. I create my art to spread joy," Blanco said. "However, for 'July 4, 2020,' I knew I needed to use my platform to share a bigger message. We must come together as a united country."

Although "July 4, 2020" was created this year, its inspiration goes all the way back to the 1950s. After admiring Jasper John's Flag painting, Blanco thought that while this was a beautiful representation of America in the past, it wasn't reflective of the society we're currently living in. He immediately got to work to create a modern representation of this famous piece, giving it his own unique twist.

"July 4, 2020," along with other works by Mateo Blanco, including "Hopi Girl," made from rope; "Ellen," a portrait of Ellen DeGeneres made from coffee beans; and "Desire," a series of Madonna portraits which change when viewed from different angles, can be purchased through the Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.

About Rosenbaum Contemporary:

Rosenbaum Contemporary, founded in 1979, is based in Boca Raton, Florida. The gallery caters to international collectors interested in investment-quality works by Postwar, Modern and Contemporary masters and presents nationally recognized museum-level exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also offers a wide range of free services to collectors worldwide including acquisition advice, art consulting, sourcing of artists, art collection building and management and resale of select works of art.

Learn more at: https://www.rosenbaumcontemporary.com/artists/157-mateo-blanco/works/9997/

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George Floyd Memorial Bust Released for 3D Printing by Sculptors Daniel and Rodman Edwards

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A memorial bust of George Floyd will be available to everyone supporting the Black Lives Matter protests all over the globe. The George Floyd memorial bust, which is currently online for virtual viewing, can also be 3D printed at local libraries, maker spaces, colleges, and community networks of individuals with 3D printers. The 3D printing file is available for free at Sketchfab and is a presentation of love from the sculptors to the Floyd family and protesters at large, announced Cory Allen Contemporary Art.

The memorial bust, modeled after a photo of George Floyd, which has been the source of many community murals, depicts a strong and gentle man. It was created by the father-and-son team of sculptors, Daniel and Rodman Edwards.

"While protesting is pivotal, there are plenty of other effective modes of activism," said Rodman Edwards, "we agreed that using our talents was the best way we could show our support."

3D printing is a service many local libraries are making available to the public and websites like 3D Printing Media Network provide listings of libraries with 3D printers as well as maker spaces. "There is an active 3D printing community and many of those people are staying at home and social distancing, unable to join the protests, but wishing to show their support - they can 3D print a memorial portrait of George Floyd at home, and post images or video of the bust for online vigils through social media," said Daniel Edwards.

"The memorial bust of George Floyd puts power into the peoples' hands. For the first time in history, individuals have the right to choose who they wish to memorialize forever. This is a step in the right direction and will hopefully set about a trend in civic artworks," said Rodman Edwards.

Daniel and Rodman Edwards are sculptors who reside outside of San Francisco. Their work can be viewed at https://HipHopAllStars.Art.

The Memorial Bust for George Floyd will be available for virtual viewing and download at https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/george-floyd-memorial-bust-0c4f918e8e16463e8d5de92bc49a9f23

For more information, contact Cory Allen at 405-889-2679.

*PHOTO link for media: https://www.Send2Press.com/300dpi/20-0603s2p-george-floyd-bust-300dpi.jpg
*Caption: "George Floyd Memorial Bust," by Rodman Edwards.

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