• A Good Friend to RxArt: Will Sharon

    Will Sharon, a successful real estate broker working with TOWN Residential has pledged to contribute 5% of his 2014 sale's commission to support RxArt. Today we received the second donation and we are incredibly grateful!

    Will's donation could not have come at a better time as we gear up for our 14th annual RxArt PARTY on November 17th.  Tickets available here

    An accomplished industry veteran who combines years of corporate experience with a commitment to exceptional customer service, Will Sharon is uniquely equipped to guide clients through New York’s residential real estate market. After ten years handling commercial real estate as the COO of JP Morgan's Corporate Real Estate Group, Will has come to the residential side of the business, bringing with him a wealth of accumulated experience and a love for Manhattan buildings, particularly on the Upper West Side.

    Will understands the art of the deal, but is also aware that choosing a home is as much an emotional decision as a financial one. He prides himself on effectively guiding his clients through that process, taking the time to listen closely to their needs from step one, then offering them the utmost in preparation, perseverance, and well-honed negotiation skills. “My job is helping someone discover what they really want rather than what they think they should need,” Will says. “People tend to trust me, and I give them no reason not to.”

    Will hails from Westport, Connecticut and now calls West Harlem home. He obtained a B.A. in English from Colgate University and a postgrad Licensed Master Social Worker designation from the Hunter School of Social Work. He has served on the board of directors of The Door, a full-service adolescent agency where he helped build a high school for at-risk students. 

    If you or anyone you know wants to sell or invest in New York City real estate, working with Will Sharon not only means you are in excellent hands, but it also means you are doing good by helping to support RxArt. Will's pledge helps RxArt to further our mission of increasing awareness and appreciation of contemporary art while promoting healing and inspiring hope in patients, families and hospital staff. 

    Photo Courtesy of Will Sharon

     Thank you for your support.

  • Free Arts Day at The Brant Foundation with Dan Colen

    Free Arts and The Brant Foundation Art Study Center combined forces on Saturday, September 20th to create an amazing afternoon at the foundation with Dan Colen. Peter Brant explained that many of these kids had never so much as been outside of Manhattan…we can only imagine what it must have been like for them to arrive at Brand Foundation in Greenwich Connecticut in a sea of green surrounded by beautiful sculptures and buildings.

    The artist took 100 children from the Department of Homeless Services around his exhibition, “Help!”, showing them that anything can be art. After the tour they were off to make their very own art projects, inspired by Colen’s body of work, on the nearly endless lawn.

    It seemed like the most popular project was creating flower paintings. The kids were sprawled across the lawn stomping on flowers and enthusiastically hammering the petals into the canvas, transforming the white surfaces into vibrant, unique works of art. The aftermath…flower petals and stems EVERYWHERE, and kids smiling ear to ear!

    The overjoyed kids nicknamed Colen, “Dan the man.” I couldn’t imagine a better artist to lead a workshop of 100 children who have been stripped of many opportunities. He inspired them to express themselves and use their creativity without the fear of making mistakes. This was a truly remarkable day at the Brant Foundation, a day I’m sure the kids will not forget.

  • David Benjamin Sherry

    Climate Vortex Sutra presents color-manipulated film negatives of landscapes in order to discuss the humans’ distortive impact on geography and our changing physical world.  On the images, most of the sci-fi, futuristic tones are achieved by using analogue techniques in the darkroom.  The photographs are meant to raise the critical concern of our relationship with the rate of the climate change.  Along with landscapes, Sherry also photographs the personal territories of the human body.  He uses this as a representation of a reverse landscape as a documentation of our adapting skins to the impact of the changing surroundings.  The prints are large in scale and mesmerizing.

     

    David Benjamin Sherry’s “Climate Vortex Sutra”is on view at Salon 94 Bowery through October 25th.

  • 2014 RxArt Party Tickets

    Please join us at RxArt's 14th Anniversary PARTY honoring artist KAWS on November 17th! 

    Tickets are now available here: Eventbrite

    We hope that you will join us to pay tribute to the generous artists and donors who have made projects in over 20 hospitals nationwide possible. 

     

    The RxArt Party will also include a Live and Silent Auction with artwork by revered artists such as, Kaws, Rob Pruitt, Walead Beshty, Matthew Brandt, Mike Bouchet, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Mark Hagen, Klara Kristalova, Erik Parker, Jose Parla, Ry Rocklen, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Tony Tasset, Lawrence Weiner, and many more.

    All proceeds support RxArt's mission to transform pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists.

     

    We look forward to seeing you at what will be a wonderful night!

  • Welcome to RxArt

    My name is Gabi Pérez. I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I am the current film/video intern for RxArt. Being born and raised on an island has given me the opportunity to experience a life that most people dream of. The whole "I live where you vacation" was a very true statement for my first 18 years, but ever since moving away from home, I have realized that there is so much that I still have left to learn about the world. In the past four years, I have crossed paths with situations that have expanded my curiosity about life. I believe that is where my interest in art truly stems from; being able to communicate through visuals is the universal language. 

    I recently graduated with a BFA in Art Photography from the college of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. I am currently amongst the many who make up the city of New York and have decided to take a plunge into the art world here. I am positive that joining RxArt will give me the opportunity to exercise my photography skills and in turn promote this fantastic organization. I strongly believe that art helps to heal, is essential for a child's growth, and I am very happy to be a part of this organization.

  • Rob Pruitt's Dry Erase Wall is Finally Up at St. Mary's Hospital for Children

    Last Thursday morning RxArt successfully installed the much anticipated Rob Pruitt dry erase wall at St. Mary's Hospital for Children...and we couldn't be more excited!

     (Jan Mittan, Senior VP of Development and External Relations at St Mary's, gave Jeffrey, an enthusiastic patient at St. Mary's, a hand to help him color the wall)

    The children were elated to see the wall go up and couldn't wait to get coloring. It was so moving to see their faces turn to smiles. Although most of them were challenged by a broad spectrum of conditions, as soon as they got hold of that crayon their faces lit up and they became proud of their colorful drawings and names written in the white zebra stripes on the wall.

      (Diane Brown, President and Founder of RxArt, and Andrew Craven, advisory board member, colored with patients at St. Mary's to test out the newly installed Pruitt)

    We hope this wall will give countless children struck with illness and their families moments of joy and of relief from the incredible struggles they face.

    Below, you can watch the installation process of Rob Pruitt's dry erase wall!

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  • Exciting New Addition to RxArt

    My name is Albert Fis and I am a new intern for RxArt. I was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Mexico city. I lived in Mexico City until I finished high school and then decided to move to Boston to complete my BSBA in Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University. Growing up in a city so rich in culture has made me passionate for art and this passion has grown immensely during the past couple of years. Traveling has also made me very interested in art because I just find it fascinating how you can experience each different culture through their art. Although I appreciate all of the different types of art I like Contemporary the most since it makes me over think and positively alters my feelings. When I found out about RxArt I thought about how great the idea of placing art in medical institutions is. Art will completely change a space and has such a powerful way of altering somebody's state of mind. I look forward to be part of this phenomenal organization.

  • In A Different Vein

    If you will be in Long Island over the next month, make sure to see Jason Middlebrook's, Every Tree is a Map, up at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton until September 14!

    From left: Black Lines on Black Birch (2014); Many Types of Woodgrain (2012); and Inspired by a Diner in Nyack (2013). Photo courtesy of Hamptons-Magazine.com (http://hamptons-magazine.com/lifestyle/articles/jason-middlebrook-exhibits-his-series-of-paintings-on-planks-at-the-silas-marder-gallery).

    In 2007, Jason generously partnered with RxArt to create a wall painting, Traveling Seeds, in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Mount Sinai Hospital, in addition to creating prints for San Francisco General Hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Unit in 2011, and for an outpatient clinic waiting area at New York City's Metropolitan Hospital in 2013. The installations have been a huge success, transforming bleak areas into spaces that soothe and bring a smile to hospital patients and staff. His current works on exhibition are similarly inspired by nature's regenerative cycles. In his plank paintings, he paints elaborate patterns on various types of wood to emulate organic growth rings. As the title reveals, each cross-sectional slab traces a lineage of experiences that reflects the state of the natural environment as well as man's place within it. The gallery, an oversized barn that sits on landscaped grounds filled with hay bales, is the perfect venue to display these works. The embellished planks highlight the wonders of evolution, while reminding us of the human interventions that shape and change nature's path.

    Photo courtesy of patch.com (http://patch.com/new-york/north-fork/jason-middlebrook-every-tree-map-opens-silas-marder#.U_Ig8oBdXi8).

    Every Tree is a Map is on view at Silas Marder Gallery until Sunday, September 14. 

  • Party Time!

    It's that time! Save-the-date for RxArt's annual party honoring the amazing KAWS: Monday, November 17, 6-9pm. This year's auction features works by an incredible group of artists. Details to come soon. Mark your calendars!

  • Purple Magazines Interviews Diane Brown on RxArt

    Founder and Executive Director, Diane Brown discussed RxArt in a recent interview with Purple Fashion Magazine. 

    Purple : For those who don’t know what exactly is Rxart?

    Diane :RxArt is a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospitals into more comforting and engaging spaces by introducing site-specific installations by contemporary artists. The therapeutic potential of visual art to stimulate healing is well known, and we provide children and their families with creative respite from the anxiety and the pain of illness, offering hope.

    Purple: How did it come into being?

    Diane:I started RxArt in response to a personal medical experience. I was having a CT-Scan and was extremely anxious - afraid of what the results might show. The room was very austere and there was nothing to take my mind off the test and the possible results. I felt panicky and wanted to get out of the room but that was impossible; the only escape for me was my imagination. As a spontaneous defense, lying on my back on the gurney, I visualized a painting on the ceiling of the room. I became completely immersed in the imagined painting and before I knew it the test was over. I decided that I wanted to help others who were in the same situation but might not have the ability to conjure an artwork to escape to. I began exploring the possibility of putting original artwork in the areas of hospitals where there was a great deal of stress.

    Purple : Why is art an important part of recovery?

    Diane:Creativity and imagination are agents of wellness and RxArt's projects capture the importance of humanizing medicine by embracing art as a vital part of patient care and by improving the quality of hospital environments. Anne Ridenour (1998) wrote in the Journal of the AMA, "Art helps children forget that they are ill while being in a strange place that otherwise might be frightening. Art connects children to delight and discovery and brings back some of the experiences of being a child, not just a sick child." The hospital community is one that constantly struggles with loss, fear, and anxiety. Experiencing visual art in a healthcare facility provides the 'mental vacation' that can be transformative in the healing process. We strongly believe that art transforms lives, and that in combination with first-rate medical care, hastens recovery. Studies have shown that patients who experienced visual arts in a healthcare facility had significantly reduced levels of depression, required less pain medication, and had shorter lengths of stay.

    Purple : Can you tell us a personal story about how you have seen the project in action?

    Diane :In one of RxArt's early installations, Polish artist Dominik Lejman used daylight videos of animals taken at the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo and the New York Aquarium. When daylight video is projected on a wall, there is no visible edge to the image so the animals projected appeared to actually be in the space. We tested Lejman's work in the hospital lobby during the busiest time of day. Responses from the children were pure fascination and wonder. The first video we projected was of a herd of flamingos that appeared to be moving around in the waiting room. The children went up to the wall attempting to make the animals respond by petting and hitting the walls. When the flamingos finally took flight, all of the children screamed BOO - trying to take credit for scaring them away. A ten-year-old boy who was battling cancer asked me if I happened to be with the animals. When I said yes, he explained that he had to go to his radiation treatment, but it would not take long, and he hoped other animals might be there when he returned. Shortly after he left the tiger video came on. It was exciting because the tiger appears to walk directly toward the viewer and then lies down briefly so that only the tips of his ears are visible above the baseboard. I was eager for the young boy to return. Just as the big cat lay down I heard footsteps running down the hall and saw the boy with an optimistic smile on his face. I had hoped that during his radiation treatment the thought of getting back to the animals provided him with a healthy distraction. From where the boy stood in the distance, however, he could only see the white wall, and not the tiger's ears. His smile dropped until suddenly the tiger stood up and began walking toward him. I watched as the boy's eyes grew bigger and an enormous smile returned to his face. In that moment he didn't look like a sick child, but a child full of wonder and hope.

    Purple : How do you find the artists you collaborate with?

    Diane ;My entire adult life has been spent working in contemporary art, as a gallerist and a private curator. I knew many artists when I started RxArt and as our organization grows we continually meet new ones. We are introduced to younger artists by our current collaborators, by our supporters, and our board. Everyone on the RxArt team actively follows contemporary art and participates in the conversation to select the best and most appropriate artists for each project

    Purple : Tell us a little about the products you sell?

    Diane :In addition to our hospital projects, RxArt also publishes the RxArt Coloring Book every two years. Four volumes have been published to date, each featuring more than 50 original line drawings by contemporary artists. They are distributed free of charge to children in our partner hospitals and sold on our website and select retail outlets to benefit RxArt projects. The coloring book truly exemplifies our mission. A hospital visit is often a frightening experience for a child, and this book is intended to take their minds elsewhere, easing anxiety, sparking imagination and enhancing the healing process. It is also a great book for the collector. We have also produced three wonderful 200-piece puzzles. Our first puzzle featured Terry Richardson's iconic piece, The Clown. Subsequently we produced puzzles featuring a Dan Colen bubblegum work and a Yoyoi Kusama self portrait. This past holiday season RxArt partnered with Nordstrom to produce a series of RxArt products. Nate Lowman created ornaments, Andrew Kuo designed a tee shirt with an image of a grumpy cat that dreamt of candy canes but ended up with a lump of coal, Ryan McGinley produced a mug featuring a naughty lemur, Julia Chiang designed beautiful lollipops that were almost to pretty to eat, and Jose Parla designed a beautiful notebook. We also worked with Ann Craven and Will Cotton independently to produce wrapping paper. All of our products are available in the RxArt online store on our website and 100% of the proceeds benefit RxArt.

    Purple : Do you have an new collaborations coming up?

    Diane :We have many projects in the pipeline. Rob Pruitt, RxArt board member, friend, and brilliant artist, has transformed his iconic images of zebras and pandas, integrating orbs of vibrant color, into a dry erase wall for the pediatric patients at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside, NY. The image will cover the major wall of the Child Life Room, becoming a permanent and interactive art piece. Pruitt's dry erase wall will provide patients with a healthy distraction. a creative outlet, and inspire social interaction. In addition the dry erase wall has the potential to provide physical therapy benefits for patients with impaired fine motor skills. St. Mary's children are challenged by a broad spectrum of conditions, including chronic illness, complications of premature birth, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and other neurological, respiratory and orthopedic disorders. We are currently working to complete two projects with artist Eli Sudbrack, of the artist collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus, in the cafeteria/all purpose room of The Special Children's Center in Lakewood, NJ and in the waiting room of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation's family center, La Clinica del Barrio, in Harlem, NY. AVAF's exuberant colors and patterns expand the limits imposed by the walls, altering the entire environment and making the viewer an active participant, absorbing the positive energy that surrounds them. In collaboration with Urs Fischer, Sam Falls and Laura Owens, RxArt plans to produce original site-specific art for the ceilings of pediatric in-patient rooms in a highly respected Los Angeles hospital. Rather than staring at a blank ceiling, the images created by these generous and creative artists will stimulate the patient's imagination and provide healthy distractions.

    Purple : How can people support Rxart?

    Diane :RxArt's annual fundraiser, the RxArt PARTY, is always a terrific event - with great art, a super chic crowd that includes many of the participating artists, and wonderful food! This year the RxArt Party will honor KAWS, celebrated contemporary artist and good friend of RxArt. The party will be held on November 17th, 2014. Supporters may also access the RxArt website, rxart.net, to donate general operating funds, or to select a specific project to support. They can also mail in their tax-deductible donations directly to the RxArt office at 208 Forsyth St., NYC 10002. 

    Text Paula Goldstein Di Principe

    Check out the link below to learn more about RxArt!

    http://purple.fr/boutique/stories/rxart-how-art-can-help-heal 

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