April 5, 2010

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tabatha Flores, Medicine Wheel Productions, 617-784-6421  tflores@mwproductions.org

Public Art at Brandeis University: Art Is the Source

On April 28, Brandeis University will unveil "Source/ReSource," a large-scale public artwork by Boston-based artist Michael Dowling. The artwork, a temporary installation of copper, stone and water outside the Rose Art Museum, was commissioned for the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, an annual five-day event at Brandeis.

Dowling, the 2010 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist in Residence, developed the work in response to the Brandeis community, which he got to know by attending classes ("War and Possibilities of Peace" and "Cross-Cultural Arts and Aesthetics," among others), researching the University Archives, and talking with everyone from the chaplaincy to the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life .

"My inspiration is the continuing cycle of generations who come to Brandeis - the source - and return to the world as a resource for vision, justice, creativity, and social change," says Dowling. Structurally, the piece relates to the architecture of the Rose Art Museum, outside of which it is sited, and the Brandeis campus's proximity to the Charles River. Like all of Dowling's work, viewer interaction brings out the deepest layers of meaning.

Michael Dowling has been called "one of America's most innovative and courageous artists." He is best known in Boston for Medicine Wheel, an annual twenty-four hour vigil in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Another ongoing project, "The Tonnes: A Meeting of the Waters," in the troubled boundary area between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, has major funding from the European Union Peace III Program. His organization Medicine Wheel Productions has been honored by the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center and by Boston's Safe Neighborhoods Youth Fund for its art programs for inner-city and at-risk youth.

"We invite arts patrons from across Greater Boston to experience Source/ReSource," says Scott Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts, which sponsors the festival. "This work captures something powerful yet intangible about the idealism of Brandeis. And I'm delighted that Michael chose to site the work at the entrance to the Rose, a sign that the museum is open and flowing with creative energy and remains a resource for great art."

As part of his semester-long residency, Dowling also teaches a sculpture class in the department of Fine Arts, in which students have contributed to Source/ReSource and designed their own public artworks, which will be on view campuswide during the Festival of the Arts.

The opening events and unveiling will take place on Wednesday, April 28, at 5:10 p.m. The Festival of the Creative Arts runs from April 28 - May 2, sponsored by the Office of the Arts. For a complete schedule, visit the Festival of the Creative Arts Web site. Most events are handicapped accessible and most are free and open to the public. Source/ReSource is on view through June 30, 2010.

Source/ReSource is made possible by The Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Annual Award; the Aaron Foundation; Eric Green P '05, '07; Danny Lehrman '64; Fern Lowenfels '59; and Ann Tanenbaum '66.


Contact Information
Tabatha Flores
Managing Director
Medicine Wheel Productions
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