Elizabeth McClancy paints the faces of social crises - crises that are either off the radar or insufficiently understood. Her art includes its social context and the circumstances of its exhibition, to the end that the viewing of the art, the exhibition event itself and, ultimately, a significant percentage of the art's sales will measurably promote awareness and support of front-line social change organizations.
McClancy's first painting was completed in November of 2005.
McClancy's debut Democratic Principles series also included a coffee-table book by the same name. As Senator John F. Kerry said in his Foreword to the book, “The purpose of the DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES [series] is to rekindle in the American people awareness of the serious principles that are central to the founding of our democracy and to its future. To understand the necessity of those principles for the survival of our democracy is to recognize the paramount importance of defending those principles against all who would subvert them in the interest of power or personal gain.” Each painting hangs with a statement by its subject on a cherished principle of democracy, related to a 21st century issue. In the same way, the book pairs each reproduction with a compelling essay by each subject.
McClancy is currently working on the nine paintings of her new Look. At. Me. series. Her work will serve as the centerpiece of the Look. At. Me. Project, a nationally-touring exhibition designed to create an artistic space where communities across the nation come to pause, learn...and embrace the presence of people with disabilities.
The exhibition itself will be comprised of three artists' responses (paint, sound and film) to the same nine people with physical, developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Its national, five-year tour will be supported by an online follow-up curriculum, interface with local disabilities nonprofits and populations, and the active participation of major U. S. art museums. Look. At. Me. has been designated as a Public Nonprofit 501©3. McClancy serves as the project's director. (For more information, go to www.lookatmeproject.org)
The artist hopes to devote a significant portion of the rest of her life to creative direction of the Look. At. Me. Project, creating and attracting new art and, ultimately, establishing a national Center for Inclusion, which will house the exhibition when not on tour as well as serve as a retreat center where leading members of the disabilities community can come apart to discuss emerging problems, devise strategies and - using the exhibition as the catalyst - implement systemic solutions.
"There is something about the solitary moment in front of a painting that allows profound and enduring
communication. It is my fervent hope that these exhibitions will have a significant effect upon how
these subjects are understood and supported."E. McClancy, 2010
"Art is not propaganda. It is truth." John F. Kennedy, 1960
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