Alex Leiman, JLS, Grade 7, Untitled, Cut paper collage, 17 x 23 in.
Youth Art & Cultural Kaleidoscope
Youth Art: April 27 – May 18 Cultural Kaleidoscope: April 27 – May 25
Join us this Spring for our Youth Art exhibition, a beloved annual showcase of children’s artwork by K-12 students from the Palo Alto Unified School District. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with our annual Cultural Kaleidoscope exhibition, featuring children’s artwork inspired by cultures across the globe and showcasing the Art Center’s artist-in-the-schools program, in which K-5 students in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto work together with a teaching artist.
Youth Art & Cultural Kaleidoscope Opening Celebration
Wednesday, April 30, 4:30–7 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto FREE
Containers of Community: Ehren Tool
Artist in Residence: June 7-29, 2014
Exhibition: July 1-September 7, 2014
For Containers of Community, veteran and ceramic artist Ehren Tool will create a new body of work that honors local veterans and highlights their shared experience. From June 7-July 29, Tool will work at the Palo Alto Art Center, creating thousands of ceramic cups (what he calls “war awareness art”) using imagery and objects collected from community members. As the cups are created, fired, and glazed, they will be displayed in the gallery, with the final exhibition on view from July 1-September 7.
Ehren Tool creates visually compelling ceramic objects that address the experience of war. He is best known for his cups, which are wheel-thrown and feature decal-produced and embossed images and symbols of war, violence, and the veteran experience. Notably, Tool has given away most of these cups, offering more than 14,000 of them to members of various communities since 2001. His primary intention with his artwork is to promote awareness: “I decorate cups with images of war and violence. The use of these icons reveals how abstract war is for most of our culture—so abstract in fact, that somehow it’s OK to use images of war as toys.” Tool has exhibited his vessels at institutions such as the Oakland Museum of California, the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, the Berkeley Art Center, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Euphrat Museum of Art in Cupertino, and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. He received his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley and his BFA from the University of Southern California.
This project was made possible by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund supported by generous grants from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.