SPIRITS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN: The Art of Rudy Gutierrez
WHAT: Spirits Known and Unknown: The Art of Rudy Gutierrez
WHEN: From March 19 through April 19
Monday through Friday from 9:00AM–4:00PM
The Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall of Farmingdale State College
DETAILS: All are welcome. Admission is free and the gallery is accessible to persons with
mobility impairments. The exhibit is coordinated by Professor George Fernandez
of the Department of Visual Communications. For information, please call 631-
420-6118 / 631-420-2181.
SPECIAL EVENTS : Artist’s lecture will be Thursday, March 22, from 11AM-Noon in Gleeson
Artist’s reception will be held Thursday, March 22 from 5:30-8:30PM in the
Memorial Gallery in Hale Hall.
BIOGRAPHY: Rudy Gutierrez was born in the Bronx, NY, grew up in Teaneck, NJ, and earned a BFA Pratt Institute. His work for various periodicals, book covers, CDs, and children's books, as well as his paintings have appeared worldwide. Gutierrez includes the Dean Cornwell Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators amongst his honors. His children's books have garnered him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, Society of Illustrators, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine. He has exhibited internationally including at the World Conference Against Racism in South Africa and has performed as a guest artist with Def Dance Jam Workshop doing live "painting performances" with the company that features hearing impaired and physically challenged kids. He has also "performed" with Dance, Music, and Kids on stage with performers of the Broadway shows "The Lion King" and "Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk.”
Rudy’s work for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books, as well as his paintings have appeared nationally and abroad and his client list includes: Sony, Harper Collins, Rolling Stone, Verve Records, Arista Records, Ms. Magazine, The NY Times, Scholastic, Viking / Penguin, Playboy, People Magazine, The Village Voice and the Dallas Morning News amongst others. The award winning artist includes the Dean Cornwell Recognition Hall of Fame Award (Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their “distinguished achievement in the art of illustration.” Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award, International Labor Communications Association Honor and a Gold Medal from the NY Society of Illustrators amongst his honors. His children’s books have garnered him a Pura Belpré Honor, Américas Book Award, and a New York Book Award. His work has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, Society of Illustrators, Art News, American Artist and Art Direction Magazine.
Gutierrez chooses to merge the visual parallels of the African and the Indian with an Urban and world musical sensibility thus forming his “Gumbo” of sorts that is his painting. The work represents his walk through life with a claiming of his own value through inspiring others to see their own divinity.
He has often stated that he believes he has a responsibility with his art to inspire and uplift others to reach into their spirits to do whatever they do best. It is about conquering borders, categories, and labels that develop into boxes of fear.
Do not miss this opportunity to see the art of Rudy Gutierrez.
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