Brian Gaither, Penn State School of Visual Arts M.F.A. candidate, has recently been awarded the prestigious 2016 Civil Society Institute Fellowship Award from the Vermont Studio Center, a four-week residency program for visual artists.
"Brian has always displayed an intense focus in his creative research, and he is producing thoughtful artworks that possess formal complexity and moral power," said John Bowman, professor of art. "He is becoming an effective public intellectual, as his personal vision expands to embrace societal issues and service to his community. He makes us proud," said Bowman.
In September, Gaither took the seat of Professional Artist on the Wilkinsburg Community Art & Civic Design Commission. There he helped create the Social Engaged Art & Design (SEAD) Residency Call for Artists that will begin in the spring of 2016. In early October, his painting, "Accountability" was accepted by the African American Museum in Philadelphia to be shown in the November exhibition, Outcry!, which addresses the killing of unarmed African American men, women, and children. Another of Gaither's paintings "Allegory of Justice" was accepted by Wiseman Gallery at Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon, for their November exhibit, Exercising Authority: Racial Minorities in the American Legal System.
365 Artists 365 days blog features a recent interview with Gaither, and an in-depth look into his work and his background.