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Fine Arts Faculty Donald Porcaro: Interview and Exhibition

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Fine Arts Associate Professor Donald Porcaro was recently interviewed by Dr. Julia Schwartz in the academic online magazine, Figure/Ground Communication found here.
Figure/Ground Communication has received numerous awards, including Winner of the 2013 John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in the Field of Media Ecology; First place @ the 2012 Ninjamatics Canadian Weblog Awards, education category; and Finalist @ the 2012 Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the 2013 Social Media Awards, and the 2012 West Coast Social Media Awards. Figure/Ground Communication includes interviews and recorded talks with such scholarly luminaries as Noam Chomsky and Douglas Kellner.
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Porcaro also has a new exhibition, Sentinels and Nomads: Sculpture by Don Porcaro recently opened at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the The Springfield Art Museums.
Porcaro’s highly animated Sentinels are constructed from recycled industrial materials such as concrete, stone, metal and paint, but recall the worlds of Hironymous Bosch, Philip Guston and Japanese anime. Colorful and quirky, they stand at the cusp of what the artist refers to as “the monster and the child,” the region of our collective psyche that informs our youthful imagination. Six Sentinels mounted on pedestals flank two walls are stationed at the Gallery entrance to greet viewers as they arrive.The Nomad series consists of hundreds of small colored and cast sculptures with legs that, when seen en masse, speak to the wonderful diversity of cultures around the world. The Cabinet of Nomads (2013) is 19 feet-long with 193 Nomads positioned on shelves, representing the various member states of the United Nations. Each shelving unit diminishes in height, length, and width, leading viewers down the long corridor of the gallery where a separate installation of Nomads titled Yellow Brick Road (2011-2013) brings the exhibit to its end.Porcaro, who is currently an Associate Professor at Parsons the New School for Design, has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

 Sentinels and Nomads: Sculpture by Don Porcaro

August 27th, 2013 through June 1st, 2014

Mon: Closed
Tues – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

For directions and information click here.

Donald Porcaro is teaching Core Lab, Advanced 3D Practices, Professional Internship and Independent Study courses in the Fine Arts Department this fall and spring semesters.

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