Bernie & the Revolution, LA (exhibition)

From May 27th-June 5th, 2016, my painting, Bernie Sanders Is Fingerlickin Good (which had been previously shown at Future Studio Gallery and  featured in the HuffPost) was part of  Bernie & The Revolution, a group exhibition at Fachapatoto in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. The exhibition was also a fundraiser for the presidential primary campaign of Bernie Sanders.

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Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)

On March 6th, 2014, I was a visiting artist at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to teach a workshop on puppetry and performing objects at sparQ!, an activist theatre mentoring program produced by LifeWorks. There were 8 young people in the sparQ! program who ranged in age from 18-23. Continue reading “Visiting Artist, Los Angeles LGBT Center (Los Angeles)”

Puppetry International – The North American Puppet Slam Scene in 2010 (press)

Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010
Puppetry International Fall/Winter 2010

In the “The North American Puppet Slam Scene in  2010”, I was interviewed by Teresa Smalec for Puppetry International on my work as a curator of short-form puppetry for adults and in my role as co-founder of the Puppet Slam Network.

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Teaching artist-in-residence, Warwick, RI

In May 2005, I was a guest teaching artist-in-residence at Oakland Beach Elementary School in Rhode Island working with grades 1, 3, and 6. Lead artist-in-residence, Amy Lynn Budd, had students create a performance response to the film, Yellow Submarine. I came into the class room a handful of times to assist with mask work and puppetry and aspects of the project (both construction and performance).

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Bryant University, Smithfield (artist talk)

On November th, 2004, I presented my artist-talk at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI to Petra Kuppers’s Medical Visions/Medical Performances class.

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Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), Spiral, Seattle (installation)

Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), ©2004 Marsian De Lellis
Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es), ©2004 Marsian De Lellis

I contributed Transgenic Conjoined Ganesh/(es) to Spiral, an installation of handmade dolls and figures at Sand Point Magnuson Park (a former military base) in Seattle. The dolls were set on fire on October 22, 2004 to protest the United States’ military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The impetus for Spiral came from monks who self-immolated during the Vietnam War. I wasn’t able to see the final installation, but I imagine it was beautiful and powerful.

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Green Insect Bunny Hybrid, Boston (auction)

Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid, ©2000 Marsian De Lellis
Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid, ©2000 Marsian De Lellis

On September 26th, 2004, I donated Green Insect-Bunny Hybrid a framed photograph of one of my early puppets to the Sunny Side Up Brunch and Silent Auction at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. Proceeds went to support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth

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Harvard Club, Boston (activism, speech)

Governor Weld signs the Gay & Lesbian Student Rights Law, 1993
Governor Weld signs the Gay & Lesbian Student Rights Law, 1993

On December 10th, 2003, I delivered a speech at the Harvard Club in Boston on the tenth anniversary of the passage Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law. Up until 1993, Massachusetts law protected students against discrimination in terms of admission to public schools or access to school courses and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, and national origin. The Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Bill added sexual orientation to the protected classes.

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA (education)

In May 2001, I graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with a BFA in Studio Art. At the graduation ceremony, DJ Spooky was a featured speaker and was awarded an honorary degree. While at SAIC, my focus was in Transdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on performance and puppetry.

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Windy City Times (press)

Day of Beauty & Ritual, 1998, Photo: Jason Smith
Day of Beauty & Ritual, 1998, Photo: Jason Smith

On March 24th, 1998, Windy City Times included on their cover images and a write up of Day of Beauty and Ritual, which I curated with Kathleen O’Shea and Kokoe Johnson. Day of Beauty was a performance art circus celebrating spring as a time of rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation through a collection of performances, installations, and unique beauty treatments, climaxing with the Spring Equinox Ritual.

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