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Tami Miller

Curator, Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph

This Visual Utopia: Limitless Art in the Twin Cities

PRESENTED ON MAY 14, 2015
IN ST JOSEPH @ VOL 1

Tami Miller, curator at the Krasl Art Center, explores the potential visual utopia that is possible in the small lakeside town of St. Joseph, Michigan. What is possible if the world's great urban art makers enlivened our public spaces and architecture?

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My Visual Art

BY LAWRENCE MALSTAFF
@ VOL 10 ON APR 07, 2011

A collection of visual art that can give us new physical experiences.

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Twin Sister Railroad Battalion

BY TYLER WEISS
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2013

Created exclusively for PechaKucha, Twin Sister Railroad Battalion tells the story of two twin girls and their quest to find a magic telescope. It was conceived and illustrated over the course of a week by Tyler Weiss, with Ashley Sweet.

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Creating Worlds of Limitless Possibility

BY DURWIN TALON
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 28, 2013

Comic artist Durwin Talon has worked on several series and anthologies, including DC's "Batman," "Skinwalker," "Bonds," and "Beautiful Scars." He discusses the creative process that goes into his art, and truly believes that with the power of a pencil, paper, and the ability to share your ideas, the world will be a much better place. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 15, 2014.

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Forming an Industrial Utopia

BY MICHAEL BERNSTEIN
@ VOL 4 ON NOV 21, 2013

Michael Bernstein interprets "Utopia" in his own way, and uses these ideas to fuel green projects. He originally created designs for mobile green spaces, and he especially enjoys utilizing cheap industrial materials like polytarps in his work. 

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How Art Brings People Together

BY HELEN POLLARD
@ VOL 22 ON MAR 04, 2014

"This project, I've been interested in 2 disciplines, the public art and my painting were never together and I thought, how can we make this work together?"

In How Art Brings People Together, from PechaKucha Night Melbourne Vol. 22, Helen Pollard explains her public art projects which utilize recycled materials and incorporate local surroundings. She also explains how she formed an art studio which now functions as a social space for people in the community. 

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Art Within Site

BY MILTON ROSA-ORTIZ
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 24, 2015

Milton Rosa-Ortiz is an artist focusing on sculpture and site-specific installations. Originally from Puerto Rico, he recently moved to Burlington after having lived in Brooklyn.

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How Public Art Can Save the World

BY TALEEN DER HAROUTIOUNIAN
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 20, 2015

“Housing and transportation may make the foundation for a great city, but art is what brought it to life.”

In How Public Art Can Save the World from PechaKucha Night Markham’s 9th volume, Speaker Taleen Der Haroutiounian explains why art should be considered a necessary feature in any community and why public art is the key to building healthier and happier communities, especially in the suburbs! Taleen is a placemaker who is passionate about community well-being in the suburbs.

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Stone Sculpture as Educational Public Art

BY GERARD MOTONDI
IN NAIROBI

As a young man growing up in Tabaka village of Kisii County, Gerald Motondi never envisaged that the common soapstone would carve his niche in the world of art. Motondi is actively participating teaching and sharing his love for stone curving and soap stone.

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What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.