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Each year two nationally renowned artists are selected to participate in PCA&D’s Mosaic Project. These artists are selected for their commitment to creating high quality artwork, which explores themes of individual and cultural identity. Below are bios of past and future Mosaic Project artists.

 

The Mosaic Project is a multicultural exhibition and educational program for students and families in Lancaster County.  The Mosaic project began in 2009 with funding from the Lancaster County Community Foundation. In 2011 PCA&D made a commitment to the future of The Mosaic Project and has taken on the responsibilty of sustaining and funding this important community project. 

 

2013 Mosaic Project artists: Laylah Ali and Gerald Cyrus

 

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LAYLAH ALI 

 

Laylah Ali was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1968, and lives and works in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The precision with which Ali creates her small, figurative, gouache paintings on paper is such that it takes her many months to complete a single work. She meticulously plots out every aspect of her work in advance, from subject matter to choice of color and the brushes that she will use. In style, her paintings resemble comic-book serials, but they also contain stylistic references to hieroglyphics and American folk-art traditions. Ali often achieves a high level of emotional tension in her work as a result of juxtaposing brightly colored scenes with dark, often violent subject matter that speaks of political resistance, social relationships, and betrayal. Although Ali’s interest in representations of socio-political issues and current events drives her work, her finished paintings rarely reveal specific references. Her most famous and longest-running series of paintings depicts the brown-skinned and gender-neutral Greenheads, while her most recent works include portraits as well as more abstract biomorphic images. Ali endows the characters and scenes in her paintings with everyday attributes like dodge balls, sneakers, and Band-aids, as well as historically- and culturally-loaded items such as nooses, hoods, robes, masks, and military-style uniforms. Her drawings, which she describes as “automatic,” are looser and more playful than the paintings and are often the source of material that she explores more deeply in her paintings. Laylah Ali has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; among others. Her work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2003) and the Whitney Biennial (2004).

 

GERALD CYRUS

 

Gerald Cyrus was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, CA and began photographing there in 1984. In 1990 he moved to New York City and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1992. While at SVA, he also interned at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture under the supervision of Deborah Willis. During his time in New York, Cyrus photographed regularly on the streets of Manhattan, Harlem and Brooklyn, and in 1994, he started frequenting the nightclubs in Harlem and photographed the vibrant music scene in that historic neighborhood for over six years. The resulting body of work, entitled “Stormy Monday”, was published as a book in 2008.
In 2000, Cyrus moved to Philadelphia, PA and began photographing in that city as well as the nearby city of Camden, NJ. He has also photographed extensively in Bahia, Brazil where he was a fellow at the Sacatar Foundation and in New Orleans, LA (before and after Hurricane Katrina) where he has family history.
Cyrus currently lives in Philadelphia and teaches part-time at Haverford College. He is also a member of the Kamoinge, Inc. photographers’ collective.


2012 Mosaic Project artists: R. Gregory Christie and Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia

 

R. GREGORY CHRISTIE

 

R. Gregory Christie has been freelancing as an illustrator for over 17 years and has illustrated over 28 children’s books. He is a three-time recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration and a two time recipient of The New York Times’ 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award.

Some of his past clients and collaborations include: Warner Brothers, Moserobie Music, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Wall Street Journal, Vibe, Utne Reader, Rolling Stone , Montego Glover, and Pete Seeger. His book, Yesterday I Had the Blues was animated and showcased on the PBS television show Between the Lions in 2008. Mr. Christie’s paintings have been used with an animated HBO Kids’ short movie for educational DVD company, Sweet Blackberry and he has lectured all over the United States about literacy, geography and history.
Recently Mr. Christie has been commissioned by the Metro Transit Authority’s, Arts for Transit program to create an image on display within New York City’s subway cars for all of 2012. Additionally this illustrator is opening up a live studio and children’s book gift shop in Decatur,GA
 

LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA

 

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia was born in in Cd. Júarez, Chihuahua, México. He graduated with a BA from UCLA in 2003 and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2007. He lives in Los Angeles, CA and teaches Illustration at Otis College of Art and Design.
Hurtado Segovia is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. His most recent exhibit Papel Tejido was reviewed in the Los Angelos Times by David Pagel, who wrote that “Hand-woven fabrics, pixelated imagery and religious tapestries are also evoked by his grid-bending abstractions, whose insouciance provides a nice balance between goal-oriented authority and seat-of-the-pants improvisation.”
 

 

2011 Mosaic Project artists: Raul Colón and Amy Sherald

 

RAUL  COLÓN

 

 

Raul Colon was born in New York City in December of 1952 and moved with his parents in the 1960s to Caguas, Puerto Rico where he studied commercial art. In 1978 Raul made Florida his home, working at an educational television center designing everything from puppets to short animated films. In 1988 the artist settled with his family in New City, New York and began a freelance career. Colón’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine and The New Yorker. Some of his clients have included Puerto Rico’s Banco Popular and NYC’s Manhattan Transit Authority.


In spring 2004, Athenaeum published "Orson Blasts Off," Colon’s first book for which he is both illustrator and author. It is a delightful fantasy about a boy using his imagination to occupy himself when his computer breaks down.


Colón has won many awards, including the 2006 Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators 48TH Annual for "Dona Flor."
 

 

AMY SHERALD

 

 

Amy Sherald was born in Columbus, Ga. in 1973. She attended Clark- Atlanta University where she earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts in painting in 1997.

 

While attending Clark-Atlanta she became an apprentice to Dr. Arturo Lindsay who was her painting instructor at Spelman College. She was a participant of the Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence program in Portobelo, Panama in 1997. Sherald also assisted in the installing and curating of shows in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art Panama) and the 1999 South American Biennale in Lima, Peru. This was the impetus for her to explore her own voice in the art world.

 

In past years her work has been autobiographical but has changed in response to her move to Baltimore, Md. and has taken on a social context with a satirical twist. Sherald attended the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned her M.F.A. in painting in 2004. After graduating, she secured a prestigious private study residency with well-known Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum, with whom she also lived and studied in Larvik, Norway. She also attained an artist residency assistantship at the Tong Xion Art Center in Beijing, China in 2008.

 

Most recently, Sherald was chosen as Juror's Pick of the New American Paintings Edition 88. She lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.
 

 

 



2010 Mosaic Project Artists: Diane Edison and Jerry Pinkney

 

DIANE EDISON

 

Congratulations Diane Edison for being named a 2010/2011 Fulbright Scholar!

      

     The direction of my work while firmly rooted in personal iconography, has become much more diverse in visual choices, with a much more inclusive selection of portrait images. Through these portraits I give acknowledgment to the psychological and distinguishing issues of identity.  It is the duality of literal representation and narrative content that defines my pursuit.

     One may extrapolate a point of view through reading the individual painting and drawings, as primarily a dialogue between the subject, the viewer and myself.  The central subtext of this interpretation is, decisively, what I have come to recognize about others and myself through the making of art.  These images can be understood as conversations.

 

JERRY PINKNEY


Congratulations Jerry Pinkney for winning the 2010 Caldecott Medal for "The Lion and the Mouse." 

      

        I am a story teller at heart, so each project begins with this question, “Is this story worth telling?”

I grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Most of the members of my small African American community had migrated from the South.  What impressed me as a young boy was the way my family members and neighbors expressed themselves thorough stories.  Whether in the oral tradition or in music that one embraced, Gospel, Blues or Jazz, it was all about the delivery of a well told story.  I chose to express myself through picture making, visual storytelling.  Drawing and painting helped me to tap into that part of my being that needed to create.   My work today imitates the energy and the animated way in which stories where told during those impressionable years. 


African American history and culture takes up the most space in my body of work, this too springs from my childhood.  Over the years I have been fortunate to create works for a variety of projects.   All when at their best enhance and enlarge how I see the world around me.  Yet it is those projects that speak to the African American narrative that give me a sense of purpose and the most satisfaction.  I love the act of making marks on paper, and seeing those marks develop into a picture.  My intent and hope is to lead viewers into a world that only exists because of that image.  In many ways I believe the work that I do is a form of citizenship, a way of being and contributing to our country.  

 

 

 


 

2009 Mosaic Project Artists: Mary Borgman and Rudy Gutierrez

MARY BORGMAN


Formerly a professional sign language interpreter, I now translate the personalities and dignity of individuals into drawings.

My subjects are often drawn from a diversity of cultures. Through my art, I want to introduce them to others, to capture their beauty and reveal the essence of their spirit and humanity.
I work with charcoal on frosted Mylar because this translucent support allows me to build up and then erase marks to expose the luminous quality of light.

The sitters assume frontal, uncompromising poses and look directly at the viewer, turning the observer into the observed. The larger-than-life size format magnifies the intensity of the sitter’s gaze and infuses the portrait with a presence that transcends the passing moment.


~Mary Borgman

Since 2004, Borgman has been an instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, the same school from which she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Communications. She has also earned her Associate of Arts in Deaf Communications (St. Louis Community College) as well as her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Fontbonne College (also in St. Louis).

RECENT SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2009:
Mosaic Project, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA
Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
SOFA NY
Portraits, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
2008:
Photo/Realism, Clay Center, Charleston, WV
Looking Ahead: Portraits of the Mott-Warsh Collection, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Palm Beach³, Ann Nathan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
SOFA Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art, Ann Nathan Gallery, New York, NY
2007:
SOFA: Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
In Black and White II, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
SOFA: Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art, Ann Nathan Gallery, New York, NY
Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago
Palm Beach³, Ann Nathan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
   

RUDY GUTIERREZ

 

Rudy Gutierrez was born in the Bronx, New York, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, where he began working professionally. His art has been commissioned for various periodicals, book covers, magazines, records, CDs, and children’s books worldwide, and his paintings have appeared nationally and abroad.

Among other honors, Gutierrez has received the Dean Cornwell Recognition Award, the Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award and a Gold Medal from the New York Society of Illustrators. His art has been featured by Communication Arts, Step by Step, Society of Illustrators, and Art Direction Magazine, as well as the book, Art Revolution.

His work has been described as “Wall Medicine,” ancient yet contemporary, urban in a sense and musical in feel. Gutierrez believes that the highest honor and fulfillment is to inspire and uplift. To this end, he has performed as a guest artist with Def Dance Jam Workshop, doing live “painting performances,” backdrops, stage props, and workshops with the dance troupe, which features hearing impaired and physically challenged youth. He has also “performed” with Dance, Music, and Kids on stage with performers of “The Lion King” and “Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk,” among others, at the Henry Street Settlement for a benefit concert by the organization. Dance, Music, and Kids is a grassroots, community-based project to bring the arts to children who might not otherwise gain that exposure.

Gutierrez has also contributed art to the First Annual Anti-Apartheid show at the United Nations, participated in a touring show of Germany exploring social issues, and donated art to the International Cultures Foundation. He recently exhibited a painting at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, and contributed to and cocurated “The Prevailing Human Spirit” Exhibition in New York, a benefit for the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Gutierrez has taught at Pratt Institute since 1990 and has taught or lectured at many other institutions. His art work was featured in the film “The Task,” and he was commissioned to do the CD cover art for Santana’s “Shaman,” which was featured during the 2002 Super Bowl halftime show and on guitars, clothing, candy, eyeglasses, shoes and other products to fight AIDS in South Africa. Gutierrez’s art hangs in the private collections of Carlos Santana, Clive Davis and Wayne Shorter, among others.

If art is therapy
if art is to inspire
if art is a weapon
if it is medicine used to heal soul wounds
or if it makes one not feel alone in his or her visions
or if it serves as transportation to a higher self
Then that is where I aspire to live everyday.

 

~ Rudy Gutierrez

 

Laylah Ali. Untitled from the Typology series, 2007

Ink and Pencil on Paper

 

Gerald Cyrus, Two Boys on Bike from the Harlem series, 1993

Silver Gelatin Print

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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