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The Studios of Key West announces a free lecture by Jack Becker, Executive Editor of Public Art Review, on Wednesday 20 January at noon. Becker visits the island as a Cultural Manager in Residence, and will present a one hour talk entitled, “Public Art in the Age of Obama.” His free presentation is open to all and is part of the The Studios of Key West’s Brown Bag Lunchtime Series, in partnership with the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
“Jack is one of America’s greatest advocates for art in the public realm, and his talk will help give us an idea of what is happening with public art around the country,” said Eric Holowacz, executive director of The Studios of Key West.
Becker is also founder and executive director of Forecast Public Art, an organization established in 1978 to strengthen and advance the field of public art. His lunchtime talk will focus on the issue of sustainability, partnerships, and trends affecting public art in the 21st century. Becker will also discuss maintaining art exposed to the elements, retaining careers in the field, eco-activism, community building, preserving the “art” in public art, restoring civic life, and defining new forms of creative expression.
“These topics, and public art issues in our own community, are of great interest to Key West’s creative people” said Eric Holowacz, “so we expect this free mid-day lecture to be lively and engaging.”
As a public artist and program administrator, Becker specializes in projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events around the world.
The January 20 lecture, sponsored by Fleming Street Gallery, is the third in the popular lunchtime series at The Studios of Key West. The fourth and final lecture, “Revealing the Art of Clay Printing,” will be presented by artist and instructor Mitch Lyons on Tuesday January 26 at noon. All lunchtime lectures are free and open to the public. For information, please contact The Studios of Key West at 296-0458.
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