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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Death Penalty Art Show - Opening Night Reception May 6, 2006



Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 2, 2006

Death Penalty Art Show
Opening Night Reception May 6, 2006
Gallery Talk on May 11
Exhibition May 6-22, 2006 in Austin, Texas
910 West 3rd Street, Google Map

Austin, Texas - Texas Moratorium Network is holding an international, all-media, juried art exhibition entitled "Justice for All?: Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty" in Austin at Gallery Lombardi from May 6-22, 2006. The purpose of the art show is to foster the creation of new artwork on the death penalty and to encourage and enhance civic engagement and dialogue about the death penalty.

The opening night reception is May 6 at 7 PM.

There will be a gallery talk on May 11 at 7 PM, conducted by Annette Carlozzi, Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

Media representatives may arrange for a pre-show visit to the gallery on either May 4th or 5th by calling Scott Cobb at 512-689-1544.

Jurors for the art show were: Annette Carlozzi; Lora Reynolds, owner of Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin. Lora Reynolds Gallery presents contemporary art in all mediums by established and emerging, national and international artists; and Malaquias Montoya, an artist and professor of art at the University of California, Davis.

More than 300 artists submitted around 700 pieces of artwork for the jury to consider. There were submissions from 38 U.S. states and 19 countries. Artworks on display will include sculpture, paintings, video, photography, and installation art. There will be 54 works on display from 50 artists. The exhibition includes art from 13 artists currently on Texas death row, one person whose Texas death sentence was commuted to life in 1972, and one person whose death sentence was commuted to life by Governor Ryan of Illinois.

Using an innovative system provided by a company called Guide by Cell (www.guidebycell.com), visitors to the art show will be able to listen to audio recordings about individual artworks by calling a number on their cell phones and punching in a number corresponding to the artwork they are looking at. In most cases, the descriptions will be recorded by the artists themselves. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to share their own thoughts on the art work by recording their own statements, which will be posted on the website at www.deathpenaltyartshow.org.

This art show is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

List of artists whose work was selected by the jury to be exhibited at Gallery Lombardi, May 6-22, 2006.

Annie Feldmeier Adams Chicago IL USA

Jill Alo Austin TX USA

John Amador Polunsky Unit TX USA

Keith "BB" Amante Austin TX USA

Jason Archer Austin TX USA

William Berkley Polunsky Unit TX USA

David Blow Hickory Creek TX USA

Samuel Brown Minneapolis MN USA

Thomas Buchner Ampfing Germany

Anibal Canales, Jr Polunsky Unit TX USA

Russell Castillo, Jr Liberty Hill TX USA

Barbara Caveng Berlin Germany

Ebbesen Davis Austin TX USA

Reinaldo A. Dennes Polunsky Unit TX USA

Cristina Ferran-Jadick Houston TX USA

Rita Fuchsberg Poultney VT USA

Tania Guerrera Mount Vernon NY USA

Vincent Gutierrez Polunsky Unit USA

Isabelle Heitzmann Paris France

Linda Hesh Alexandria VA USA

Jasmin Hilmer Hamburg Germany

Renaldo Hudson Sumner IL USA

Mark Jenkinson New York, New York, USA

Michael W. Jewell Powledge Unit TX USA

Lou Jones Boston MA USA

Stan Kaplan Levittown NY USA

Jim Krantz Chicago IL USA

Robert Kunec Halle/Saale, Germany

Jenn Lindberg Austin TX USA

Ahren Lutz Portland OR USA

Kate MacDonald Vancouver BC Canada

Farley C. Matchett Polunsky Unit TX USA

Michelle Mayer Austin TX USA

Misty Morris Aiken SC USA

Khristian Oliver Polunsky Unit TX USA

Scott L. Panetti Polunsky Unit TX USA

Louis Castro Perez Polunsky Unit TX USA

Robert Perez Polunsky Unit TX USA

Bogdan Perzynski Austin TX USA

Shanon Playford Portland OR USA

Roger Preston Las Vegas NV USA

Arnold Prieto Polunsky Unit TX USA

Travis Runnels Polunsky Unit TX USA

Stephanie Saint Sanchez Houston TX USA

Shannon Stoney Houston TX USA

Carlos Trevino Polunsky Unit TX USA

Carlton A. Turner Polunsky Unit TX USA

Collin W Williams Montevallo AL USA

Melinda Wing Phoenix AZ USA

Ben Woitena Houston TX USA

Peter Wortel Haren The Netherlands

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