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February 14, 2012
ARTIST KENNY SCHARF TO PAINT MURAL IN SALEM
Salem, MA—Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that internationally renowned pop artist Kenny Scharf will be painting a mural in Salem in late spring. The mural will be painted on a portion of the downtown parking garage and will transform the bland façade into a colorful artwork.
Mayor Driscoll said, “I am thrilled to welcome Kenny Scharf to Salem. Salem is a vibrant arts community and Kenny’s mural will be one more testament to that fact. The arts play an important role in our community. The arts create new ways to connect with others and experience our city. Our annual film, poetry, literary, art, and jazz & soul festivals draw thousands of locals and visitors to town. And throughout the year, people can enjoy world class art at the Peabody Essex Museum, a play at the Salem Theatre Company, a dance performance at Salem State University, murals in the Point Neighborhood, live music at a local venue, or area artists at Artists’ Row. “
“In response to public demand, we have been looking at opportunities to bring more public art to Salem—on both a temporary and long-term basis. Last year we hosted a temporary sculpture installation by Massachusetts artist Rob Lorenson. We hope to repeat a sculpture series this year. And as part of this year’s Arts Festival in June, we will welcome the first of six artists that will be painting utility boxes over the summer.”
“Kenny’s mural is one more way we are bringing art to the public, and his mural will add a new and colorful dimension to downtown. Kenny has worked all over the world and we are fortunate that he has agreed to share his talent with us. I hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to see Kenny at work in May and welcome him to Salem.”
ABOUT KENNY SCHARF
Born 1958 in Los Angeles, California
Primary residence in Los Angeles, CA
1980 B.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
My ambition as a professional artist is to maintain the course that I set nearly 20 years ago by establishing my work in the fields of painting, sculpture, and performance. Every project I undertake is building on my past experiences. My original approach is unchanged; it is a personal challenge to produce the best work possible every time. One very important and guiding principle to my work is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture through my art.
My personal ambition has always been to live the example. I believe the artist has a social responsibility to engage others in a thought process that ultimately brings art into everyday life thereby enhancing the quality of our experience.
Jason Silva, Chief Administrative Aide
Office of Mayor Kimberley Driscoll
City of Salem