first annual graphic non-violence art exhibit - December 3rd, 2022
Rock and Roll Icons Contribute
to Socially Engaged Student Art Show
The Graphic Non-Violence 1st Annual Art Exhibit
Launches December 3rd, 2022, 5 pm to 8 pm
Los Angeles, CA: The Graphic Non-Violence 1st Annual Art Exhibit will launch on Saturday, December 3rd, 5 pm, at The C.A.P.O. Center (Community Arts Programming & Outreach), a brand new music education center for formerly incarcerated music makers and an outpost of Wayne Kramer’s music-in-prisons program Jail Guitar Doors. This new center, located at 7944 W. 3rd Street in Los Angeles’ historic Fairfax District, serving largely justice-involved youth, includes state-of-the-art recording and video production studios and will soon have a fully-operational coffee shop.
All proceeds from art sales will be donated to The C.A.P.O. Center. This exhibit will include work from students of the art education program as well as work from artists who are part of the music world, but also create visual art. There will be pieces from Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of), Loto Ball (The Phantom Limbs, Mucca Pazza), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, Guantanamo School of Medicine), Don Bolles (Germs, 45 Grave, Celebrity Skin, Fancy Space People), Mike Crain (Dead Cross, Festival of Dead Deer), Gitane Demone (Christian Death, GD Quartet), Hudley Flipside (Los Angeles’ Flipside fanzine), Sonny Kay (The VSS, Gold Standard Labs), Jessica Moncrief (music photographer), Monkey (Adicts), Kyle Ranson (Years, Strawberry Smog), Kevin Seconds (7Seconds), Edward Stapleton (Nervous Gender), John Trubee (Ugly Janitors of America, Zoogz Rift), Steve Walters (Screwball Press).
Painter and educator Alexandra Wiesenfeld will be the juror, awarding gift certificates and other prizes to the student art exhibitors. The exhibit is curated by Karim Shuquem of Graphic Non-Violence LLC, a socially engaged art education program. Graphic Non-Violence’s students are all ages, but the majority are middle school-aged youth. 50% of the students are on the autism spectrum. GNV makes it a point to connect its students with socially engaged art projects. Between 2006 and 2012 Shuquem operated Reversible Eye gallery in Chicago and was Artistic Director of Arts of Life, Inc., a program for artists with developmental disabilities. He received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2018 and founded Graphic Non-Violence in 2019.
Quote from Karim Shuquem:
I was starting to do printmaking workshops a few years ago and made an image for Jail Guitar Doors as an example for the class. JGD-USA used that image as a fundraising shirt and that’s when the idea was born — connecting art education to support impactful social causes makes real sense. We had this innate need for art content for our classes, so creating something with the goal of supporting organizations doing positive work in the world was a natural step. It only makes sense that our first annual student show benefits Jail Guitar Doors.
Prizes and refreshments will be provided by: Carter Sexton Artists Materials, Blue Table restaurant, Little Blue Unique Boutique, Eastside Rehearsal, Meg Aguilar CMT, Outfitter Wig, and more
The Exhibit will be installed at The C.A.P.O. Center until the end of the year and will be available for viewing by appointment.
MANA of Malice Mizer - by student Siera