November 03, 2011

Event to focus on ‘Graffiti: Art vs. Vandalism’

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Graffiti -- is it art, vandalism or perhaps both?

The Student Programming Committee Visual Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is presenting a three-day event, “Graffiti:  Art vs. Vandalism” featuring visiting Chicago artist Lewis Taylor, to explore that question.

A live graffiti demonstration is set for Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Free Forum Area near the parking garage.  Enjoy music by Underground Arts and the WIDB student radio station as you view Taylor’s graffiti art.

“Art Vs. Vandalism -- The History and Future of Graffiti Arts” is a lecture and slideshow set for 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Student Center Auditorium.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

You can learn how to create your own works of the expressionistic art as well during “Drawing Class: Graffiti Styles, Techniques and Skills” on Thursday, Nov. 10.  There will be two sessions at the Craft Shop on the lower level of the Student Center.  Classes will meet 2-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. 

There is no cost to participate and organizers will provide materials for the class or you can bring your own supplies.  You need no prior experience with this art form to participate.

All events are free and everyone is welcome.

Sponsors include the Underground Arts RSO and the Black Resource Center.