Art/Act Award: Maya Lin at the Brower Center

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Maya Lin's poured silver work of the San Francisco Bay, on view at The Brower Center Sept 19th 2014 - February 4th 2015. Image courtesy of The Brower Center.

Maya Lin’s poured silver work of the San Francisco Bay, on view at The Brower Center Sept 19th 2014 – February 4th 2015. Image courtesy of The Brower Center.

Letterpress interpretation of Maya Lin's poured silver work of the San Francisco Bay. Invitation created by Painted Tongue Press for the Brower Center Art/Act Award in 2014.

Letterpress interpretation of Maya Lin’s poured silver work of the San Francisco Bay. Invitation created by Painted Tongue Press for the Brower Center Art/Act Award in 2014.

As part of my role at Painted Tongue Press, I’ve had the pleasure recently of creating a letterpress invitation featuring the artwork of Maya Lin, on the occasion of the David Brower Center’s annual Art/Act Award. I wanted to take a moment to share a little about this special event with you.

The David Brower Center in Berkeley offers education and arts programs to support and sustain social and environmental activism. The Art/Act award is presented by the Center each year to honor an established artist who has devoted a significant portion of their practice to transforming perceptions and enticing action.

This year, the Center honors acclaimed sculptor and architectural designer, Maya Lin.  Lin is known widely for her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Her recent work calls attention to threatened ecosystems. Following Hurricane Sandy, Lin began addressing  the fragility of bodies of water around the world, creating abstract wall sculptures to represent entities like the San Francisco Bay and Tuolumne River, both of which will be featured at the Center.  Art/Act: Maya Lin will also highlight the What is Missing? project, dedicated to documenting vanishing species and environments around the world through an interactive website. As part of this year’s Art/Act, the Center is partnering with Heyday Books’s Malcolm Margolin to add an in-depth exploration of the Bay Area’s environmental history as a permanent contribution to the What is Missing? project.

To view the exhibit:
Visit the David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m
Free and open to the public.

To attend the Private Reception:
On Sunday, September 28th from 6-8 pm
is a private reception for Brower Center supporters.
Tickets are $250. If you are interested, ticketing is available here:  https://secure3.4agoodcause.com/david-brower-center/register.aspx?eventid=14

Please purchase your ticket by Thursday, September 25. If you have questions, Jackie Hasa at the Brower Center is available to help: 510-809-0900 x156.

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