March 17, 461 A.D.~ Saint Patrick dies in Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland

Saint Patrick Bishop of Ireland by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo

c.1746 / Oil on canvas / 67 3/10”x129 1/10” / Civic Museum (Museo Civico di Padova), Padua, Italy

Previous March 17 posts:

March 17~ Women’s History Month in visual arts

Kate Greenaway: Born on March 17, 1846

Pattie Boyd: Born on March 17, 1944

March 17~

March 17: National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Artist Birthday Quiz for 3/17~

Call for Artists | U.S. Mint

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The United States Mint is seeking professional artists to join our AIP via a Call for Artists. The AIP is a pool of talented American artists who enrich and invigorate our Nation’s coins and medals through the development of specialized designs. AIP artists are:

  • Paid a set fee per assignment and earn a bonus fee of $5,000 per design selected for minting
  • Named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials, and in most cases, have their initials appear on the final coin or medal
  • Able to work from their own studios

via Call for Artists | U.S. Mint

The September 11 Quilt Project

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East Village resident Drunell Levinson…announced the September 11 Quilts Memorial project on a website she created especially for that purpose. Calling on volunteers to submit 3’x 6’ or 3’x 3’ quilt panels, she left the choice of materials and the interpretation to the individual artists. Levinson separated her work into two parallel activities: The first was to raise awareness of the project, solicit volunteers and organize public exhibitions; the second was to make a documentary of the participants’ experiences of the September 11th 2001 event, and to explore how these experiences motivated them to create art. By September 10, 2002, the project consisted of 94 unique quilts accompanied by artists’ statements, photographs, memorabilia, emails, and a dedicated website.

Over the next two years, the quilts were displayed as an ensemble in fourteen exhibitions across the United States, as well as in a special presentation in Japan. In addition, Levinson created a 20-minute documentary video entitled “September 11 Quilts: Mending a Diverse Community of Artists.” The September 11 Memorial Exhibition quilts, supporting materials, and documentary were officially donated to the National September 11 Memorial Museum, forming an important addition to the Museum’s growing collection of art made in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
https://www.911memorial.org/tribute/the-september-11-quilt-project

Photographs are from “September 11 Quilts”
See more at https://www.september11quilts.org/index.html

Pride Month~ June 19

Cy Twombly (1928-2011) Iconic large-scale marks scribbled and smeared on raw canvas or linen
http://www.galerie-karsten-greve.com/en/cy_twombly/biography

Untitled [Gaeta] / 2007 / Acrylic, wax crayon, lead pencil on wooden panel / 99 1/4”x217 3/8”

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Artist, director and producer explored popular culture in his work
http://warholfoundation.org/legacy/biography.html

Flowers / 1964 / Offset lithograph / sheet: 22 13/16”x23 1/16″

May 15, 1970~ Tragedy at Jackson State

The Misty Miss Christy

The shootings at Mississippi’s Jackson State University still linger in the shadow of Kent State. Less than two weeks after Kent, two black students were killed and 12 others wounded by state troopers on May 15, 1970.

The incident started after student demonstrators, protesting the Vietnam War and seeking more rights at the historically black college, responded to an order to disperse by throwing stones and bottles. It ended as police opened fire outside a women’s dormitory.

Phillip Gibbs, 21, a junior preparing for law school, who had a child and a pregnant wife, and James Earl Green, 17, a high school track star on his way home from his job at a grocery store, were killed.

A presidential commission later found the shootings at Jackson and Kent “completely unjustified.” No one was indicted.
May 15th, 1970: 2 Black Students Killed & 12 Wounded by Police During Vietnam Antiwar Protest~

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