Images and Objects: A 3-D Collage on Canvas Workshop
October 2 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Artist and educator Ginny O’Brien leads a drop-in collage workshop inspired by Elizabeth Murray’s art and its relationship to her everyday life experiences. Participants will identify a person, place, and/or thing of significance occurring in their daily lives and will use in their collages a combination of images and objects representing these daily events.
Working with shape and color as predominant elements, participants will build a mixed media work using paint, small objects, markers, photographs, scraps of cloth, buttons, beads, and other materials. Art materials will be provided; participants may bring additional small objects, photographs, and other items of interest that represent meaningful occurrences in daily life.
Come right at noon to begin the workshop with a tour led by Robert Scalise, the exhibition curator and Director of UB Art Galleries.
About Ginny O’Brien
Ginny O’Brien is a mixed media artist and arts educator with expertise in the field of arts in healthcare. She incorporates a variety of media in her paintings to create sculptural surfaces and uses heightened color combinations to unify her compositions. Ginny exhibits her work in solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally, and through her teaching as well as her personal practice draws on the link between art, creativity and wellness.
Education Curator for UB Art Galleries for over a decade, Ginny developed programs focused on the Galleries’ permanent art collections and temporary exhibitions. She worked with university faculty and students, offered professional development seminars for K-12 teachers, and collaborated with community arts organizations and local health services agencies to provide programming in support of audiences with specific learning requirements. Ginny has presented her arts in healthcare programming at national conferences, for the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, and for museum directors attending panel discussions held at the Yale University Art Gallery. She taught courses in Fiber Arts and Design at Buffalo State College and Daemen College, and for the University at Buffalo developed and led an undergraduate course “Clinical Humanities: The Intersection of Healthcare and the Visual Arts.” Ginny also worked as a visual arts consultant and workshop instructor for medical students enrolled in UB Medical School’s Center for Medical Humanities. She maintains an active studio art practice and is currently Resident Artist for the Kathleen and Joseph Curatolo Pediatric Visual Arts Program, providing art making activities for young patients receiving treatment in the Katherine, Anne and Donna Gioia Pediatric Hematology Oncology Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer, Buffalo, New York.
Ginny holds a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, Fibers from Syracuse University, and from Buffalo State College a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design and a Master of Arts with concentrations in Textile Design and Art Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wichita State University and attended the Kansas City Art Institute studying painting, illustration, and graphic design. Ginny’s authored publications and creative works are found in art, education, and health-related journals, including Surface Design Journal, Western Humanities Review Literary Magazine, and Family Medicine: Journal for the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine.