I am pleased to be announcing a project that has been very close to my heart and a big driving force for me as an individual and artist – the formation of a nonprofit giving organization called the Art Revolution Foundation.
Art Revolution’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to put art supplies in kids’ hands, to fund programs that put arts education back into America’s schools and to support organizations that conduct art therapy for the ill and elderly. Its key message, “art is not optional,” is driven by the alarming devaluation of the arts in today’s schools and communities. With so many educational institutions cutting back on arts-related programs due to budgets and state mandates, children are not getting the creative inspiration, drive and knowledge that art education offers. Art Revolution drives to change that.
Art Revolution will start its giving program by partnering with my friend Sal Masekela’s Art of Craft project celebrating artisans and their crafts through unique, limited-edition t-shirts collections. “The Art of the Brick” designs include nine t-shirts featuring artwork with 10% of the proceeds going to the Art Revolution Foundation. “The Art of the Brick” t-shirts are available at artofcraft.com and select Fred Segal locations from Jan 8th – Feb. 19th.
I am honored to announce that The Art of the Brick will be coming to the heart of New York City at the Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street). This will be my largest showing of artwork to date, in fact, it will be the largest solo display of LEGO® art ever assembled. Since New York is my hometown, I have some very exciting surprises in store and have created several brand-new, never-been-seen pieces for this exhibition.
The exhibition opens on June 14th, 2013 and will be on display until January 5th, 2014. Tickets are available and can be purchased in advance here.
Avant Gallery presents IN PIECES, a multimedia collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West from Feb. 28-Mar. 17, 2013 in New York City. Learn more about the exhibition at www.InPiecesCollection.com.