“Challenging Perceptions: PRI Artists Focus on the Walker Art Center” is a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) funded project through their Arts Learning fund. This fund receives dollars from the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment. Through this grant, 20 artists with disabilities studied the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection. While PRI artists were working on a portfolio project, the Walker Art Center was one of several art sites visited. Curator Bartholomew Ryan facilitated PRI artists’ connection to and engagement with the Walker’s permanent collection and developed a community partnership between PRI and the Walker.
The provided a high-quality arts learning experience for the group, further developed the artists’ drawing and painting techniques to produce an art work, exposed artists to new media and art forms, and provided the Walker with insight and feedback regarding accessibility to the arts.
Lara Hanson, PRI art instructor led the project and drawing and painting studio for five small groups of four students each were held at all three of PRI sites throughout the project period and additional art making experiences were held at the Walker’s Art Lab with Ilene Krug Mojsilov, Art Lab Coordinator, providing instruction.
Additionally a project booklet was produced and is part of the exhibit. We feel this booklet really gave those who viewed and visited the show, which is now at Campbell Mithun Tower, until the end of March, a deeper insight into the project and the inspiration for the artists’ works.
Please contact Janet Virnig, Development Assistant, for more information or to make arrangement to see the exhibit.