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My Skull Appreciation Sculpture Is Finished

Couldn't help, but post this before the exhibition. See it in person...

On First Friday, June 3rd
Public Opening of the Skull Appreciation Day Exhibition
7PM – 11PM
(Exhibition on display until July 8th)

At Gallery5
200 W. Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23220

More info here

3/4 view. (Click for slightly larger image.)

Side. (Click for slightly larger image.)

Back. (Click for slightly larger image.)

Detail. (Click for slightly larger image.) I realize that the statement is juvenile, but it made me laugh and is iconic of political graffiti.


Skull Appreciation Day at Gallery5

I am one of 100 artists chosen to participate in this show.

Below are some images of the beginning stages of my contribution. See the finished piece at Galery5 this upcoming First Friday.

More about the event taken from Skull-A-Day:

In honor of the first annual international Skull Appreciation Day, Gallery5 will host a series of events organized by Richmond’s own Noah Scalin and Philip Cheney.

The festivities will kick off on June, 3rd 2011 with an exhibition of over 100 artists who have reinterpreted a common skull. Skull Appreciation Day will take place on Saturday, June 4th 2011. Free workshops will be offered to the public on this day, followed by a special skeletal soirée at 7pm. Please help us celebrate the cranium on June 4th and throughout the month!

First Friday, June 3rd
Public Opening of the Skull Appreciation Day Exhibition
7PM – 11PM
(Exhibition on display until July 8th)

100+ artists share their interpretation of the skull.
Using a plain papier-mâché skull provided by curators, over 100 local, national, and international artists are sharing their personal take on a universal symbol. Artists include Stefan Boucher, creator of the The Daily Monster project, Bent Objects artist Terry Border, designer James Victore, painter Ryan E. Cronin, and skull aficionados Jud Turner & Mike Eagan.

A portion of all sales will be donated to the local nonviolence organization Richmond Peace Education Center: http://www.RPEC.org/

Also on display:

Skull Quilts:
Curated by Skull-A-Day editor Abby Davis
These quilts, made from pieces submitted via a call for submissions at Skull-A-Day, will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to DC charity Becky’s Fund, which helps survivors of domestic violence: http://www.beckysfund.org/

Skull Mail Art
Artist Mim Golub put out the call for mail artists across the globe to create and send skulls through the post to celebrate Skull Appreciation Day.

Saturday, June 4th
June 4th is Skull Appreciation Day!!!

DIY Skulls:
12 – 4pm, FREE!
Bring the family and celebrate the love for the bone in your head by spending the afternoon making skull-themed crafts! Materials and directions provided.

Our friends from local nonprofit Art180 will be on hand to help you get motivated: http://www.art180.org/

Skull Dance Party
7 – 11pm, $5 donation to RPEC
Wear you favorite skeletal costume or skeleton mask and celebrate your cranium in style. DJs, drummers, and special guest performers, including Deepa de Jour & All Saints Theater Company, will get your bones shaking. There will also be a best costume & make-up contest with special prizes from Skull-A-Day.

Gallery 5
200 West Marshall St.
Richmond, VA

Wednesday-Friday: 11-6PM
Saturday: By Appointment Only


My students comment on the "Right To Education"

Work by my students using the prompt of the "Right To Education" from Poster For Tomorrow. Some of them need some polishing, but given the time constraints - and the difficult prompt - I think that they did well.

By Hoyle Wang

By Maya Shaw

By Kelli Moore
A question mark created by to figures overlapped. One studying (figure in white) and one working (figure in black).

By Melissa Lewis
Unfinished, but a cool concept. Helping people understand the feeling of illiteracy. She intended for the entire poster to look scrambled.

By Peter Farrow

By Claire Sulivan

By Sidney Tighlman

By Christopher Poupore

By Cristina Peters


Richmond Illustrators Club show.

My Illustration for Lobo Marino and Fuzzy Baby was accepted in the annual Richmond Illustrators Club show.

I would post some of the other artists' names, but I have yet to be informed of them. More soon...

Opening Reception
June 3rd from 7-10pm
at Ghostprint Gallery
220 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Grade 6 Richmond AIGA Awards.

I was fortunate enough to receive "Best In Show" for my Repressed IV, screen-printed poster. More info about the poster here.

I was also awarded a "Certificate of Merit" for my illustration of Nong Toom for a film showing of Beautiful Boxer.

Robert Megank won the illustration "Best In Show" for his piece about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I found it to be an interesting coincidence that both of our illustration pieces dealt with LGBTQ issues.

Also two neighbors of mine, Noah Scalin and Meena Khalili-Clifford, were awarded "Best In Show" for Book Design and Exhibition Design respectively. Noah Scalin also won a Judges Choice Award.