Caleb Neelon's Victory Garden: Exhibition on Patriotism and Faith Opens at Endicott College

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Solo Exhibit Opens on January 20 With Reception and Lecture/Presentation on March 6

Endicott College is pleased to announce the solo exhibit Victory Garden by artist, writer, educator, Caleb Neelon in the Heftler Visiting Artist Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from January 20 – March 16, 2012. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9:00am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00am – 5:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm. The reception and lecture presentation for this exhibit will be held on Tuesday, March 6, with the reception starting at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture/presentation: “Forgiveness is Easier than Permission” to follow at 7:00 p.m. The reception, lecture/presentation and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Victory Garden is a group of works exploring themes, symbols, and imagery of patriotism and faith. Primarily comprised of mixed media paintings on panel, the majority of the works have been created for this exhibit. Mr. Neelon will be an artist-in-residence, creating a site-specific mural with Endicott students simultaneous to the gallery show.

Born in 1976 in Boston and based in neighboring Cambridge, Caleb Neelon has attained international recognition: His paintings and installation artwork have appeared in venues such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Dafen Art Museum of Shenzhen, Mills Gallery, White Walls, and Space 1026, and as public murals in Kathmandu, Reykjavik, Tegucigalpa, Bermuda, Istanbul, Calcutta, São Paulo, across Europe, as well as numerous hospitals and schools.

In addition to his art activities Mr. Neelon is a prolific author. He is co-author (with Roger Gastman) of the new landmark book The History of American Graffiti from Harper Collins (2011), which Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch called the movement's "definitive history." His first artist monograph, Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, is a 2009 release from Gingko Press. Previously, he co-authored Graffiti Brasil (2005) and Street World (2007) both published by Thames and Hudson. Mr. Neelon speaks regularly at universities, and international conferences, including a 2011 appearance at TEDxBoston.

Caleb Neelon's other recent projects include a large wall painting and installation for Wall Works, at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; contributions to the catalog for Art in the Streets at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; a mural at the Wedding Walls project in Berlin, Germany; the forthcoming book Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery; and two documentary films for which he is associate producer: Wall Writers, about the early years of graffiti writing in New York and Philadelphia, and The Legend of Cool "Disco" Dan, the story of Washington, D.C.'s troubled 1980s.

Mr. Neelon talks of the placement of his work, "It's important to me not only to make art, but to put it in places where it is needed, put it to work in settings where it can promote peacemaking and cultural exchange, and to help tell its stories that point to broader social and historical context. All of this is part of one process." Kathleen Moore, Endicott’s Coordinator of Visual Arts adds, “We are excited that Mr. Neelon will be exhibiting his works in our gallery, equally exciting will be the creation and installation of his next large public art piece on the walls of our Desnoyers Overlook Gallery, a large space located in the three-story atrium at the Center for the Arts. Caleb has agreed to be our artist-in-residence and will be directly involving our students in the creation and installation process of his newest public art piece. Working side by side with a professional artist during this large scale, site-specific installation is a rare opportunity for undergraduate students and beneficial to their future as an artist.”

This program is made possible with support from the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation and the van Otterloo Family Foundation. Funding of this sort helps Endicott provide substantive programming to individuals and organizations who might not otherwise have access to the arts.

If you have any questions regarding Caleb Neelon: Victory Garden, or any of the programming related to this exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or kmoore(at)endicott(dot)edu. Our website is: http://www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts for further information on future exhibits and lectures opportunities.

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