Take a Painting
Take A Painting is an interactive painting installation designed to make painting more accessible to the general public. By displaying hundreds of small paintings on the wall, along with instructions for viewers to help themselves to a painting and providing participants with the tools, materials, and opportunity to create their own paintings on paper, the installation seeks to blur the line between artist, collector, and audience. Take A Painting draws on the philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Conceptual Art, utilizes the white cube gallery as a space for the creation of art instead of silent contemplation, and upends the hierarchy of materials within the discipline of painting by utilizing familiar craft supplies alongside artist grade paint.
Support for Take a Painting's 2017 exhibition schedule has been provided by the Puffin Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides grants to emerging artists whose work seeks to enrich and inform the public on subjects such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues affecting the country.
Additional support has been provided by a Dick Blick Microgrant through In-Liquid, an arts organization that supports artists living and working in the Philadelphia region.
Support has also been provided by a number of individuals, including Nicole Gencarelli, Angel, Melissa Steffey, Katherine Gintert, Emily Larsen, Joshua H. Elias, Christine Tate, Sarah Bowser, Katya Popova, Kato Quinlan, Christina, Kaelee Stearly, Alexie Winchester, Molly Ortiz, and Tyler Wainwright.