Lecture-Conversation “Richard Kamler - Seeking Engagement”
Sunday, May 7, 2:00PM

Paul Mahder Gallery Present:

Richard Kamler - Seeking Engagement - A Conversation

Sunday, May 7, 2:00PM

Paul Mahder Gallery, 222 Healdsburg Ave.

Admission is Free and open to the public

Please RSVP at paul@paulmahdergallery.com with your name and that of any guest.

Please join us for a conversation with Richard Kamler, artist, activist, educator and author on the role and INSERTION of art and activism into our social, cultural and political environments. Mr. Kamler will speak from his book "Seeking Engagement" and show images of his more than 45 year career of socially engaged art, as well as ensure a lively group discussion.

“ Art is our one true global language. It knows no nation. It favors no race. It acknowledges no class. It speaks to our need to heal, reveal, and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible. It creates a dialogue between individuals, and communication between communities. It allows us to see and to listen to each other.”
—Richard Kamler, as quoted by Vice President Joe Biden in his opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kennedy Center for the Arts in W ashington, D.C.

Imagine a parallel universe in which an artist is a genuine public intellectual, an art installation is as urgent and meaningful as congressional legislation, and a college art course as relevant as the daily news. This is the universe of Richard Kamler. The more of us join him there the better.
—Lawrence Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Art Museum

I have known Richards Kamler’s work for many years and have been astonished by the power and force of meaning of it, especially his prison series. Richard Kamler is a truly innovative artist who is dedicated to the use of art as an agent for social change.
—Peter Selz, founder of the Berkeley Art Museum, former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Kamler’s art pulls viewers onto a common ground where former adversaries find themselves inspired to change policies and laws, transform institutions and lives, and give dignity to grief, forgiveness, and second chances. His work in our jails changed the way we saw each other, and encouraged new programs that thrive to this day.
—Michael Marcum, ex-con, and Assistant Sheriff of San Francisco

Richard Kamler has worked in the areas of restorative justice, the environment and family, censorship, mass incarceration and Seeing Peace: the Billboard Project. His installations, interventions, drawings, sculptures, collaborations, presentations and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and alternatives spaces . Kamler has received many grants and awards, i.e. from a Fellowship from the NEA, a California Art Council, Soros Foundation among many others.

Please join us for what is sure to be a meaningful and important discussion.