April 20, 2013
JFKU 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA
Banned & Recovered: Artists Intervention is a collective response by 37 artists to the conspicuous success of book challenges and bannings in U.S. schools and libraries and the real threats to the U.S. Constitution posed by the 2003 U.S. Patriot Act.
Artists created new works of art inspired by titles from the long list of banned and challenged books. The result is a spectacular collection of witty, whimsical, angry, and thought-provoking statements about the ramifications of censorship and the importance of free speech. Together, the works shed new light on problematic issues and engage visitors in a lively dialog about the power of art in the face of censorship.
Adrienne McGraw is the Executive Director of Exhibit Envoy She received her MA in Museum Studies with an emphasis in public programming from John F. Kennedy University and an MS Ed with an emphasis in Environmental Education from CSU East Bay and holds a BA in Environmental Studies. Adrienne is a founding member of the California Association of Museums’ Green Museums Initiative Committee and is currently adjunct faculty at JFK University Museum Studies where she teaches a course on museum history and contemporary issues and advises students in the thesis seminar.
Mary V. Marsh has been making art and working in libraries in the Bay Area since 1982. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. She has exhibited in many venues in the Bay Area with solo shows at, San Francisco Art Commission at Grove Street, San Jose Museum of Art, Berkeley Art Center, SFPL Skylight Gallery, and Mercury 20. Currently an Artist in Resident at Kala Art Institute, she makes prints and artist’s books under Quite Contrary Press.
Hanna Regev has an M.A. in Museum Studies and M.A. in Modern European History from San Francisco State University. She works with numerous cultural organizations and art galleries in San Francisco and the Bay Area, producing and developing cultural public that appeal to art lovers, collectors, and museum practitioners.
Milton Bowen is an artist and inspirational public speaker. Milton continues to work with communities to keep art a vital part of public education and a tool to help build self-esteem in youth. Milton works tirelessly to create through-provoking exhibitions that will help restore a level of hope in communities desperately in need of inspiration.
Jan Wurm teaches for University of California Berkeley Extension and has lectured extensively as a guest artist. Wurm organizes and facilitates a Guest Artist Lecture Series for the Berkeley Art Center and is actively engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue. Through paintings, drawings, and artists books, Wurm examines daily life and close encounters to reveal aspects of contemporary culture which inform our relationships.