WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- October 3-7 a special presentation of the acclaimed traveling exhibition Guns in the Hands of Artists takes place in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. Sponsored by Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-V.A.), this exhibition features thirty nationally known artists who used over 180 decommissioned guns from the streets of New Orleans to create works of art addressing the issue of guns and gun violence in our society. This exhibition has traveled to the Aspen Ideas Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, St. Louis, and Minneapolis.
The exhibition coincides with the release of Guns in the Hands of Artists, a 224-page book featuring artworks paired with essays on guns and gun violence by thought leaders including: Walter Isaacson, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-V.A.), former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Capt. Mark Kelly (Ret.), and others. The book is published by Inkshares and is available for pre-order at Inkshares, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and available in bookstores November 1. Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Americans for Responsible Solutions and Guns in the Hands of Artists Foundation.
"We have a decision to make about what matters to us... Gun violence has been ever-present throughout my time in public service, but my past experiences have taught me that no matter how tough our problems may be, they pale in comparison to the combined will of the American people who are determined to make our communities safer. I look forward to the day when we, as elected officials and Americans, live up to our responsibilities and put an end to this crisis"
-Senator Tim Kaine (D-V.A.) in the book "Guns in the Hands of Artists"
In 1996 gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara organized the first Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition in New Orleans—transforming guns removed from the city's streets into original works of art. The persistence of violent gun crime in New Orleans and across America led Ferrara to reprise the project in 2014 at his New Orleans gallery. With the City of New Orleans and the New Orleans Police Department, Ferrara obtained 186 guns via the department's gun buy-back program. Thirty painters, sculptors, poets, and filmmakers, many of whom are gun owners and/or have firsthand experience with gun violence, were challenged to create new works using these guns.
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