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PA Artist Selected as August Gettysburg Battlefield Artist-in-Residence


Philadelphia, PA, June 17, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Gettysburg National Military Park’s Artist-in-Residence for August will be painter and multimedia artist, Mark Mahosky, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. This is the second of three artists’ residency programs available at Gettysburg National Military Park this year.

The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is pleased to be working with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation to provide the inaugural Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence program. The artist will spend the month of August, 2015 at the park, working and chatting with the public as he draws or sculpts. Afterward, he’ll provide a public program with his works as lecture and reflection on the varied meanings and transformations over time in the laboratory of American public memory that Gettysburg represents.

Mahosky is no stranger to the battlefield park -- drawn to the fleeting traces of the battle and the supporting works of memorial -- he has painted and drawn there for decades. He describes his work this way: “My drawings do not deal with the drama of the battle; rather they deal with memorializing a sanctified landscape. I am fascinated by the interpretation, memorialization, and preservation of the battlefield. I am equally interested in the changes of attitude towards these topics since 1863. In a way, my drawings are about the history of the history of the battle. The frames that I draw around the depicted landscape are symbolic of the events that made the landscape sacred.” He is better known for large geometric paintings on newspaper and small cardboard sculptures. He has only shown the Gettysburg work once in his career and considers his drawings of Civil War sites a different more private aspect of his work, but says “everything I make has to do with history, memory, and an investigation and critique of power.”

The artist, who is originally from Pennsylvania, holds an MFA in Painting from Stanford University and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Haas Gallery of Art, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA; Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR; Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA; Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York; and Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York. Mahosky has been featured in group exhibitions at Fleisher/Ollman; the Ice Box, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Open Space, Baltimore, MD; and Gettysburg College Art Gallery, Gettysburg, PA, among others. He is Assistant Professor of Painting at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA.

The program is offered thanks to the input and support of the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation whose joint efforts make the park the foremost visitor destination for those interested in the epic history of the American Civil War. Applications are still open to artists of all types and media for the September Residency at www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org

"Gettysburg’s monuments and memorials, and the battlefield landscapes inspire so much passion in our visitors today and for the last 150 years. We’re excited to have an artist who translates that passion into art," said Ed W Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. "We want to engage new audiences through the power and the passion of art, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Gettysburg is an important first step."

Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne Hanley said, “All of the great historic sites and historic places tell the story of who we are as a people, where we have been, and hopefully can point us in the direction of where we want to go because of the lessons learned. Gettysburg’s Artists-in-Residence will add an artistic dimension to how those stories are shared as our visitors are able to experience an artist’s interpretation of the park, meet the artists in person, and engage and connect with them as they express, through art, the power of this place.” The work of these artists will be a great addition to the crucial Park Service missions of interpretation and visitor outreach.

Contacts:

NPAF: Tanya Ortega (email) founder@nationalparksartsfoundation.org
Artist: Mark Mahosky
email: markmahosky@gmail.com
phone: (570) 922-4813
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Cecilia Wainright
505-715-6492
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nationalparksartsfoundation.org

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