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KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

TUCSON –One local artist and Army veteran is upset after he was allegedly pressured to take down his artwork because it bears the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

Neil Bernstein presented a collection at Espresso Art Café Friday evening. The artwork, which featured backwards American flags with ‘Trump’ emblazoned on them, was all done by disabled veterans.

“We made the flags, myself and another veteran, as a metaphor for the distress that all of us are experiencing right now on all sides,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein hoped the art would start a conversation on how divided the country is. But things took a turn for the worse after the flags were displayed in the café.

“People began protesting to the owner, demanding the ‘Trump’ name be covered up or the works would be torn down,” he said.

Bernstein said he has received numerous messages from the business owner demanding he take the pieces down, despite the fact that the exhibition isn’t supposed to be over.

He’s upset, but said he’ll take them down and display them somewhere else.

“The issuance of an order, a demand to either remove President Trump’s name, or to take the works down, or have them destroyed, is unacceptable,” he said.

News 4 Tucson reached out to the owner of the café. He said he had no comment on the matter.


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New Tucson Art School Opens this Fall 2015 – Michael B Schwartz School of Art

September 9, 2015

New Tucson Art School Opens this Fall 2015

Tucson, AZ: The Michael B Schwartz School of Art opens this fall with a new Visual Arts program for gifted and talented young artists Ages 11-18, on Saturdays from 1-6pm at the Citizens Artist Collective, Studio #13, 44 W 6th St. in downtown Tucson.

There are two semesters this fall, Semester 1: Saturdays, September 12 – October 24, Semester 2: Saturdays October 31 – December 12. The cost is $300. per semester or $50. per session. Scholarships are available based on economic need. All materials, field trip and snacks are included.

This program provides an in depth study of the tools, techniques and concepts in the media of painting, drawing and mixed visual arts media. Young artist are taught to harness their super powers and creative sensibilities. This practice fosters, guides and supports each students unique creative sensibilities in a professional working studio environment.

Students can register on line at www.MichaelBSchwartz.com. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and must include a letter describing the students artistic goals and why you are interested in this program,  three sample artworks (jpeg) and a short portfolio interview.

For more information contact 520-791-9359 or visit www.michaelbschwartz.com

About Michael B Schwartz: MFA 1991 University of Arizona, BFA 1988 Tyler School of Art at Temple University, is a visual artist whose creative practice includes the production of public art, murals, paintings, drawings, writings and teaching. His work with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Fleisher Art Memorial, International Council of Adult Education, National Audubon Society, Tucson Museum of Art, Teaching Artist Journal and Prescott College has propelled him to the top of his field. His many awards include the Puffin Foundation and Art Matters Fellowships. Mr. Schwartz is an internationally respected muralist and educator with a unique ability to assist students in clearing creative blockages so they can produce unique heart felt master works.

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