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Palo Alto Art Center Exhibition Encourages Viewers to Find Art in the Skies
Contact : Ken Heiman, Marketing Coordinator, Palo Alto Art Center    4082302304
Matthew Baum, Airplane #3, 2018, archival inkjet print mounted to aluminum, 40 x 50 in., courtesy of the artist.

PALO ALTO, CA– Viewers of the Palo Alto Art Center’s latest exhibition, The Sheltering Sky, are invited to look skyward through artworks that provoke discussions of time, weather, the stars, climate change, the horizon line, and notions of heaven. The free exhibition runs from January 19- April 7, 2019.

“This exhibition will explore the awe that we, and specifically the artists included, experience when looking skyward,” says Palo Alto Art Center Curator Selene Foster. “With its immensity, immateriality, and variability, the sky has been an enduring subject in art history, fascinating and challenging generations of artists.”

The Sheltering Sky is a multi-media exhibition of images navigating the far reaching, upward gaze of contemporary artists. The exhibition will feature three site-specific installations. Artist Sukey Bryan will transform both the front and back of the Art Center building itself. Val Britton will transform the Glass Gallery into an explosion of paper, speaking to the sky and fields of stars above. Brooklyn artist Demetrius Oliver will use familiar objects like tea kettles, light bulbs, and umbrellas to investigate the cosmos from the vantage point of the artist’s studio and the space of the gallery.

Other artists participating in the exhibition include: Matthew Baum, Val Britton, Adrian Landon Brooks, Eiko Borcherding, Sukey Bryan, Linda Connor, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Ala Ebtekar, Jenifer Kent, Chris McCaw, Vanessa Marsh, Anna Von Mertens, Pieter Laurens Mol, Demetrius Oliver, Katie Paterson, Dario Robleto, Camille Seaman, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

A special Friday Night at the Art Center opening celebration will be held on January 25, 7-10 p.m., featuring an opportunity to meet some of the exhibiting artists and participate in hands-on artmaking activities, while enjoying music, food, and a cash bar. Palo Alto Art Center Foundation members are invited to participate in a walkthrough of the exhibition with the Art Center Director from 6-7 p.m.

About the Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is anartist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides anaccessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 140,000 people every yearthrough a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center, Division of Arts and Sciences, City of Palo Alto is funded in part by grants from Silicon Valley Creates and the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation gratefully acknowledges support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Yellow Chair Foundation, private donations, and members.

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