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Friday, January 27, 2012

PosterBoy Panel Discussion at Real Art Ways

Tomorrow, Real Art Ways will host a panel discussion relating to Posterboy's Street Alchemy 2.0 exhibition. Im gonna travel up to get a look at the show and to engage what is sure to be an interesting conversation.

Poster Boy Panel Discussion:

Real Art Ways will present a panel discussion to address the multiple and wide-ranging topics that have arisen from Poster Boy: Street Alchemy 2.0. Some of the topics include artist’s rights and freedom of expression, legal issues surrounding this work, the transgressive nature of new art and the value of billboards in advertising and society:

Panelists will include:
Chris Knopf, CEO of Mintz & Hoke Communications Group, a leading marketing agency
Thomas Menard, attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation at Alix, Yale & Ristas, LLP
Dr. Randy Jacobs, Associate Professor of Communications at the University of Hartford, who teaches advertising
Hrag Vartanian, Editor and Founder of the online journal Hyperallergic and an expert on street art
A member of the Poster Boy collective will also participate

Marela Zacarias, artist and muralist

About the panelists and moderator
Moderator - Marela Zacarias, artist
Zacarias has painted more than thirty large public murals in the United States. Mexico and Guatemala. She was an Artist-in-Residence for the academic year ‘09-’10 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she completed a mural to be part of the William Benton Museum of Art collection. Her work is currently part of the 2011 S-Files Biennial at Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, NY. She made a 30ft long site-specific sculptural painting at the lobby of the museum. You can see a short video about this piece here.

Panelists -
Dr. Randy Jacobs, Associate Professor of Communications
University of Hartford

Dr. Jacobs teaches advertising in the University of Hartford’s School of Communication. Dr. Jacobs’ interests span the social, economic and ethical implications of advertising and his most recent research looks at the effects of military advertising on enlistment decisions. Dr. Jacobs earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Advertising from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Communication from Ohio State University.

Hrag Vartanian, Editor/Founder
Hyperallergic, blogazine and online forum

Vartanian is editor of Hyperallergic. His work has appeared in the Art21 blog, Brooklyn Rail, NYFA’s Current and "Huffington Post. He serves on the board of the Triangle Arts Association, he volunteers on numerous educational committees and he blogs at HragV.com. He's a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and art critic who has written extensively about street art, performance art, the internet and issues of multiculturalism. He maintains a tumblelog notebook, called A Brooklyn Art Critic’s Notebook.

Chris Knopf, CEO
Mintz & Hoke Communications Group

Knopf is a principal in Mintz & Hoke, a marketing communications agency in Avon, CT serving B2B and consumer clients. In a long career, he has won top creative awards in national and New England competitions. Knopf is also a published novelist, cabinet-maker and rock musician when he can steal the time.

Thomas Menard, Attorney
Alix, Yale & Ristas, LLP

Menard is a proud graduate of Central Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut School of Law. As a partner in the Hartford-based intellectual property (IP) law firm of Alix, Yale & Ristas, LLP, Tom counsels clients regarding patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, IP related business disputes and IP litigation. The firm represents clients ranging from Connecticut-based manufacturers, to universities, entrepreneurs and a wide range of international clients through an international network of IP law firms. During his twelve years of IP practice, Menard has represented clients in state and federal courts in Connecticut and other U.S. jurisdictions. Menard believes that in-depth knowledge of the client’s business and competitive environment are essential to the strategic allocation of legal services where they will provide the greatest benefit.

56 Arbor St
Hartford, CT 06106

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012 | 7.30 PM


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