UTV 2016: BOTANICAL ARTS INSTALLATION WITH PEDRO RAMIREZ
Participate in this intervention and create botanical works with artist Pedro Ramirez that will “pop-up” in West Harlem under the 12th Avenue viaduct as an outdoor intervention, approved by the City of New York. About Pedro: His works exist somewhere between the convergence of ceramics, biology and urban horticulture. Moving from rural Virginia to New York City has contributed to his investigations into the relationships that people have with the environment. His fully immersive installations attempt to create a connection between city-dwellers and the natural environment; while his planted pots utilize nature itself as the artistic medium. Ramirez is an educator who teaches ceramics with a focus on organic forms, which pay homage to the earth and the environment. Pedro Ramirez has exhibited at First Street Gallery, Jane Hartsook Gallery, and Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York City. He has created special commissions for the Living Beyond Belief Foundation and taught at the Third Street Music School Settlement. He earned his MFA in 2015 at The City College of New York.
SAVONA BAILEY-MCCLAIN is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the West Harlem Art Fund, which has organized high-profile public arts exhibits throughout New York City for the past 18 years, including Times Square, DUMBO, Soho, Governors Island and Harlem. Her public art installations encompass sculpture, drawings, performance, sound, and mixed media, and have been covered extensively by the New York Times, Art Daily, Artnet, Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post, among many others. She is host/ producer of “State of the Arts NYC,” a weekly program on WBAI Radio and a member of Independent Curators International and ArtTable. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is an eighteen year old, public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the city. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our heritage symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa which means unity in diversity.
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