The Skull and Skeleton: Folk Art to Pop Culture

The Gallery at Lakeland

Artist Reception, Costume Party and Boneyard Market:  Thursday, October 29, 2015, 6 – 9 PM

The Gallery at Lakeland Presents The Skull and Skeleton in Art IV… Folk Art to Pop Culture 

On view through November 6, 2015

What started as an exhibition featuring 18 artists in 2009, grew to 55 artists in 2011, 64 artists in 2013, and this year boasts over 80 international, national, regional, and local artists, (from Northeast Ohio, Arizona, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, plus England and Mexico), exhibiting 300 works in a variety of media including: Oil/ Acrylic/Encaustic Painting, Textiles/Fiber, Printmaking, Drawing, Photography, Digital Art, Sculpture, Glass, Wood, Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture, Mixed Media, Assemblage Art and Jewelry. The list of artists includes Caitlin McCormack, Kristopher Petrenko, Gail Trunick and George Kocar.

Dia de los Muertos, invites the participant to acknowledge the fact that death is a constant companion from birth, an accepted friend to be joked and played with, perhaps because of the ironic foreknowledge of the fatal reality.

What was once reserved as a quasi logo for pirates and poison labels, skulls have taken over America’s pop culture. This timely exhibit happens to not only coincide with the traditional use of skulls and skeletons for Halloween, but also with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 16 – October 15). Latin America artists were creating Mexican skull art for the “Day of the Dead” – El dia de los Muertos traditionally celebrated on November 2 – long before heavy metal bands used skulls on album artwork and fashion designers emblazoned their textiles.

The Gallery at Lakeland, Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, Ohio 44094, Building D, First Floor

Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 9 AM – 9 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM – 5 PM