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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Art Bern, LA (exhibition)

Bernie Sanders is Finger Lickin Good, ©2015, Marsian De Lellis
Bernie Sanders is Finger Lickin’ Good, Marsian De Lellis, 2015
6”x6”x1½”, acrylic, nail polish, graphite, and ink on wood panel

On November 14th, 2015, my piece Bernie Sanders is Finger Lickin’ Good was part of Art Bern – a Bernie Sanders Portrait Show, which ran at  Future Studio Gallery in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Art Bern ran until December 6th, 2015 and was covered by the HuffPost.

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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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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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Art of Leadership (award)

In 1996, I was the recipient of the Art of Leadership award at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where I was pursuing my BFA in studio arts. At SAIC, I studied a broad range of art including performance, puppetry, video art, sound art, site-specific installation, photography (analogue and digital), sculpture, drawing, painting, creative writing, and art history, theory, and criticism.

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Merit Scholarship (support)

From September 1994-May 1996, I was the recipient of a Merit Scholarship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in Studio Art. At SAIC, I studied a broad range of art including performance, puppetry, video art, sound art, site-specific installation, photography (analogue and digital), sculpture, drawing, painting, creative writing, and art history, theory, and criticism.

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Untitled, Boston (mixed media)

IMG_4643 1994 Breaking the Silence
untitled, details, 45.5” x 59” x 2”, cutouts, oil paint, and glue on canvas, 1994

In June 1994*, I had a large scale untitled, mixed media piece on view at the Arlington Street Space in Boston as part of Breaking the Silence.  Breaking the Silence featured paintings, photographs, installations and performances by young queer artists (many of whom I worked with on the passage of the Gay and Lesbian Student Rights Law).

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August Studios, Boston (exhibition, performance)

On August 27th, 1993, my artwork was exhibited at the Student Life Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston as part of their August Studios program. The pieces I showed  ran the gamut from life drawing, surrealist oil paintings, sculptures, prints, and a performance art.

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