Promoting environmental responsibility through art


      

Artist Tim Gaudreau comments on his art,"Eco-Cubes explore viewer interaction and relationship to environment on a small scale. A nostalgic toy appears inviting and is offered up for play. The audience is invited to solve the puzzle, to return nature to its natural order. Yet, this balance of yin and yang becomes an impossible struggle to re-assert once upset. It seems so obvious as a toy in one's hands, but what about when you are out of the gallery and driving down the road?"

Last fall, Tim Gaudreau was named the 2005 recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. Tim is the fourth artist to receive this award from the Foundation. He was selected from 51 applicants.

Tim Gaudreau is a native New Hampshire artist who is passionate about the natural world and the preservation of the environment. Through his artwork, Tim advocates for environmental responsibility, the recognition of wonder and beauty in our world and generates dialogue about social issues.

"I believe artists have considerable responsibility as cultural instigators to ask questions, raise issues and challenge assumptions," Gaudreau says. "We must communicate a relevant vision about our world and society."

Tim's work provokes public consciousness as an entryway to questioning our relationship to nature. Tim challenges people to consider their roles, choices and impact. Tim completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Maine College of Art in 2002. Through awards such as the Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, he has been able to continue to produce public works that challenge conventional thinking.

Tim's award-winning work has been featured in exhibits internationally and has been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle (WMUR-TV) and on the Front Porch (New Hampshire Public Radio). In addition to creating his own artwork, he taught sculpture at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Recognizing that artists are an essential resource to a vital community, the Artist Advancement Grant program provides financial support to individual visual artists and craftspeople in the region to promote their artistic growth.


ARTIST ADVANCEMENT GRANT DEADLINES

Letter of intent to apply due Friday, April 28, 2006 at 4:30 PM

Full application due Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 4:30 PM

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