Pillsbury United Communities and Homewood Studios present
Art is My Weapon Minnesota: Creatively Addressing Violence
Opening Night- March 9
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- February 20, 2018 — Pillsbury United Communities presents the second edition of the local exhibit, Art is My Weapon: Minnesota at Homewood Studios, March 9 -24, 2018. This exhibit sparks conversations about gun violence in our community through the use of gun parts as the artistic medium.
Following the momentum of the national exhibit, Guns in the Hands of Artists conceived of by artist Brian Borrello in the mid 1990's, these exhibits create conversation about guns in our society by bringing the discussion into the realm of art. In August of 2016, Pillsbury United Communities - in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department - conducted a gun buyback to remove guns from the street with no questions asked. We collected up to 250 guns that were decommissioned and disseminated to locally recognized artists to use as raw materials in their art.
At Pillsbury United Communities, we believe that art is a great medium with which to spark conversations about difficult and sometimes divisive topics. Our goal is to create safe places for respectful conversations about gun violence in our community and to work together to responsible solutions to reduce gun-violence.
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
* Media Invited *
Thursday, March 9th, 2018, 6-9pm
ARTIST /COMMUNITY CONVERSATION DATES
Tuesday, March 13- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20- 3:00p.m.
2400 Plymouth Avenue North—Minneapolis, MN 5541
March 9-24, 2018
Tuesday 5-9 p.m.
Wednesday 1-6 p.m.
Friday 1-6 p.m.
Saturday 1-4 p.m. and appointment only
Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used the decommissioned firearms to make works of art that address the issue of guns and gun violence in America. Each artist used the guns in their medium to express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture. Art is My Weapon features a 10-year-old artist and an artist all the way from Berlin as well as Betsy Alwin, Heather Doyle (Chicago Fire Arts Center), Allen D. Christen, George Roberts, Rachel Joseph, Bill Jeter (Youth Project), Nikayla Neal, Jeon Neal, Omarion Neal, Margie Rotondo, John Schuerman, Melodee Strong, Sean G. Phillips, David Goldes, Maria Cristina Tavera, Nikki McComb, Kenneth Caldwell, Ashley Fairbanks, Mike Klein, David Ekdahl, Julie Landsman, Marnette Doyle, Jason Ramey, Donny Gettinger, John llg, Pedram Beldari and Christopher Alday. “Art is My Weapon” is curated locally by Nikki McComb of Pillsbury United Communities and John Schuerman of Instinct Gallery
Pillsbury United Communities is honored to host this exhibition in Minnesota as a means to continue the conversation about guns and gun-violence in our communities. With support from Greater Twin Cities United Way, Gary and Chris Cohen, The Kents, the Office of Mayor Betsy Hodges, Tubman, The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and LEVEL, the partners hope to bring to light the increasing gun- violence affecting our community and spark unbiased conversations and responsible solutions.
Homewood Studios is an artists’ workspace and gallery/meeting space in North Minneapolis, is designed for local artists and their neighbors in the belief the visible presence of working artists contributes to the vitality, self-image, and coherence of our community.
Contact: Brenna Brelie
Sr. Director of Communications & PR