The Healthy Artists Movie Poster Exhibition

Published On December 31, 2012 | By Kymbo Slice | The Arts

healthyartistsposterHealthcare – it’s a topic that weighs heavily on the minds of many, especially the under and uninsured who are riding the waves of the unknown, hoping that good fortune smiles in their direction when it comes to getting ill, or even worse, dealing with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. It’s always nice to see organizations rallying to raise awareness on the topic, one that’s close to our hearts here at Nak You Out, and very deserving of a dialogue on the issues of access to care, healthcare reform and the entire system as a whole, which so far, has failed many – even those fortunate enough to have some type of insurance. In collaboration with Be Well! Pittsburgh (Health Care Options for the Uninsured) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Original Magazine, The Healthy Artists organization will be hosting a special Movie Poster Exhibition in an effort to bridge the gap between artists, college students, and health care advocates and educators.

According to their website, “Healthy Artists is a free to watch, online documentary series in which artists discuss their lives, their work, and their experiences with the current health care system. Many artists work nontraditional and freelance jobs that do not provide health insurance. We try to give a voice to the struggle many artists face in obtaining access to affordable, quality health care.” As a website who avidly supports the efforts of Pittsburgh artists, this is a cause we can certainly get behind. Check out a recent example of Healthy Artists’ work below:

The Healthy Artists team has assembled a composite of 20 Pittsburgh artists who have each completed a poster for their documentary series. Participants include:

Crystala Armagost – Stephanie Armbruster – David Bernabo – Seth Clark – Doug Dean – Corey Escoto – Jenn Gooch – Mundania Horvath – Megan Kopke – Jasen Lex – Jing Liu – Jeremy Marshall – Steph Neary – Ben Quint-Glick – Jim Rugg – Abby Ryder – Andy Scott – Lizzee Solomon – Laurie Trok – Hyla Willis

The opening night affair will be held on January 4 at Modern Formations gallery in Garfield during the Unblurred gallery crawl from 7-11PM. This free event includes a performance by The Harlan Twins, speeches from various healthcare advocates and the revealing of the top three finalists. Judges include:

Nicholas Chambers – Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Warhol Museum
Eric Skillman – graphic designer for The Criterion Collection
Lisa Smith-Reed – producer of the Steeltown Film Factory
Brett Yasko – Director of Design for MASS MoCA

Can’t make the opening? The exhibit runs until January 25. Show your support!

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