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Shepard Fairey, Artist Who Created Obama Hope Poster, to Design and Paint a Mural at Santa Fe University of Art and Design   By PRWEB

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) announced today that contemporary artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey will visit Santa Fe for a lecture and Q&A discussion and will create a mural design as part of the universitys 20132014 Artists for Positive Social Change series. The lecture and Q&A, free and open to the public, will be hosted by Graphic Design Department chair David Grey and held at SFUADs Greer Garson Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. Fairey will also design and paint a permanent outdoor campus mural during the week of Feb. 18.

Launched in 2011, Artists for Positive Social Change is a university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances exploring a specific theme relevant to society and the work of artists who push the creative boundaries of their profession. This years theme is Art and Political Activism.

Over the past 20 years, Fairey has seen a meteoric rise to become one of the most influential contemporary artists today, with a multitude of international mural projects and exhibitions that began in the early 90s. In 1989, while attending Rhode Island School of Design, Fairey created the Andre the Giant has a Posse image, which ignited and evolved into the present-day OBEY GIANT campaign. Though they started with an absurd sticker, the OBEY GIANT graphics have since taken cues from popular culture, commercial marketing and political messaging to change the way people see art and the urban landscape.