Street Art for ACLU: Benefit Auction 2017

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ACLU of Southern California + Artsy present Street Art for ACLU: Benefit Auction 2017, featuring Shepard Fairey, Colette Miller, Knowledge Bennett, and more.

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in a multitude of ways to preserve the individual rights and liberties that our system of governance was established to provide. In the current political climate, the importance of the ACLU’s efforts is manifold. Art, specifically street art, has long functioned as a political tool—even impacting international politics in profound ways.

We have gathered over forty significant contemporary artists—the large majority of them street artists—to raise awareness for the ACLU and generate support for the organization’s invaluable efforts.

Bidding will be open exclusively on Artsy and will close at 4:00pm PST on April 30th, 2017 (7:00pm ET).

Working primarily in the Downtown, Skid Row, and South Central neighborhoods, Bandit’s art is a fixture of Los Angeles’s streets. Coming from a background in graffiti, Bandit’s increasingly-intricate murals and stencils aim to confront his viewer with the most arresting socio-political issues of our time, with each piece poised to start a dialogue. “Street art,” in the artist’s words, “is more than just writing your name. It becomes a voice, and a responsibility.” His work is a unique expression of activism and social protest in which charged imagery is leveraged by the renegade act of its installation. Bandit has made contributions to Los Angeles’ famed Indian Alley and collaborated with many notable LA contemporaries including Plastic Jesus, WRDSMTH, Teachr, and thrashbird. Committed to work on the street, Bandit remains anonymous and is not represented by a gallery.

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Street Art for ACLU: Benefit Auction 2017 Auction closes Apr 30, 7:00 PM EDT

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Greg Dunn Combining Neuroscience with the Artistic Process

Brainbow Hippocampus, 22K gilded microetching in custom frame

This article is a review of a 2015 exhibit at the Mutter Museum  by Greg Dunn.    So appropriate for the Science Day March but amazing everyday!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – This summer the Mütter Museum is showcasing Mind Illuminated, a dazzling solo exhibition featuring the work of Philadelphia artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn. Dunn’s paintings of neurons rendered in an Asian art style have been widely acclaimed for their fusing of art and science, earning him a recent exhibit at the New York Hall of Science and coverage in Wired, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Scientific American, and many other national and international publications. Dunn also received a top prize in the National Science Foundation’s International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in 2013.

In addition to paintings on gold leaf and hanging scrolls, Mind Illuminated will consist of microetchings of vast networks of neurons created in collaboration with Dr. Brian Edwards, an artist and applied physicist at the University of Pennsylvania.  Microetchings integrate art, optics, and engineering to give two dimensional surfaces an extra dimension of directional reflectivity, imparting unprecedented levels of clarity and expressivity to complex neural forms.

“Microetchings allow the viewer to clearly perceive complex images in a way that is impossible through two-dimensional renderings,” says Dunn of the Mind Illuminated exhibition. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a large microetching that integrates the unmistakable parallels between the forms and behaviors of biological neural networks and traffic patterns of the city of Philadelphia.”

Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library, says, “We are very excited to exhibit Philadelphia artist Greg Dunn’s pieces in our new contemporary art gallery space. When we first saw Greg’s images of neuro-matter shimmering with gold leaf and presented as sumi-e scrolls, we were dazzled. Usually associated with Japanese or Chinese contemplative inked scenes of mountain passes and landscapes, scrolls of this style, in Greg’s hands, imagine the neural universe of our thoughts and memories. Teamed with another artist-scientist Brian Edwards, Greg has undertaken a series of what they call microetchings that suggest the physical dimension of human consciousness much as the Hubble Space Telescope has shown our universe back to the beginning of time.

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About Artist Greg Dunn: Dr. Dunn received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. While a graduate student, Dunn fused his love of Asian art and neuroscience into expressive pieces demonstrating that the qualities of neural forms cleanly fit into the aesthetic principles of minimalist Asian art and sumi-e scroll and gold leaf painting. Dunn is now a full time artist out of Philadelphia where he works to incorporate his knowledge of neuroscience, physics, and biology into the artistic process through imagery, concept, and technique. His work hangs at Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, the Society for Neuroscience headquarters, as well as universities, institutions, and private collections all over the world.


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia was founded in 1787, now one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the country, when 24 physicians of Philadelphia gathered “to advance the science of medicine and to thereby lessen human misery.” Today, more than 1,400 Fellows (elected members) continue to convene at the College and work towards better serving the public.

The College is home to the Mütter Museum and the Historical Medical Library. The Mütter Museum is America’s finest museum of medical history, which displays collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century setting. This includes a biannual rotation of art exhibits that accompany the themes and aims of the museum’s collections.

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Art Therapists Speak Out-Karen Pence Stop!

Karen Pence STOP your plan to “make people aware of what art therapy is and how it works,”

To be delivered to Karen Pence, Wife of the Vice- president

We question your intentions and qualifications. We need you to publicly take action for the rights of LGBTQIA people, people of color, Muslims, survivors of sexual assault, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and all people who are in danger as a result of the policies of the current administration. Art therapist care about health, human rights and social justice. Do you?
There are currently 63 signatures. NEW goal – We need 100 signatures!

Petition Background

To give a voice to art therapists that disagree with the national AATA organizations alliance with Karen Pence , the second lady. I am an art therapist who will be negatively affected by Pence’s uneducated explanation of the profession.