Posts Tagged ‘gay bullying’

Maura McGurk Named Artist of the Week by theStudio4Art

November 26, 2012

TheStudio4Art named Maura McGurk “Artist of the Week” for her paintings in response to gay bullying, and recognized her for her work with various charities that stand behind LGBT youth. In bestowing this honor, theStudio praises the paintings and mixed media work that not only display “a magnificent use of color and texture”, but also […]

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Back to School

September 7, 2011

Every once in a while, someone asks me why I paint about gay bullying. This kind of conversation usually goes like this: “Why do you paint about gay bullying? I mean, aren’t there plenty of other kids getting bullied? Aren’t you giving special treatment to the gay ones?” This always reminds me of the first […]

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Jen McKen Stands up to Bullies and Kicks A**!

August 25, 2011

I know August is supposed to be a slow month for news, but here’s the best article I’ve read in ages, about a photographer in Pennsylvania who discovered some cyberbullying on Facebook. When Jennifer McKendrick (aka Jen McKen) realized that four of the bullies were local girls who had booked appointments with her for their […]

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Superheroes and Political Art

August 10, 2011

I love my EW magazine, and here’s one more reason: the July 29 issue features an article called “So One Comic-Book Legend Said to the Other…” that got me thinking about the connection between superheroes and political art. The article is a conversation between authors Neil Gaiman, who is, incidentally, a favorite of my old […]

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Artist Puts Money Where Mouth Is, Donates 10% of Exhibition Proceeds to It Gets Better

August 8, 2011

Artwork created in response to gay bullying raises money for foundation combatting anti-gay teen bullying and suicide (New York, NY) Maura McGurk was so moved to hear of the suicides of several teenagers in Fall 2010, bullied because they were gay, or at least thought to be gay, that she began memorializing her anguish for […]

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The Puzzle Pieces Were a Hit!

July 27, 2011

If you read my earlier post which explained the story behind the puzzle pieces, you know that I considered this an experimental piece…after all, I don’t usually make interactive pieces or installations. The idea was to create something visually interesting (as always), something that would advance the cause of drawing attention to–and stopping–gay bullying, and […]

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Lavender Menace Opening

July 15, 2011

The opening reception of Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying was a success! I was honored to have so many people in attendance; despite monsoon-like conditions, the gallery was full of steady foot traffic all night. Among the first visitors were mentors and mentees of True Colors, a non-profit organization […]

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Contemporary Art Explained: Love One Another

July 6, 2011

I’ve been inundated with requests to talk a bit more about the inspiration behind specific pieces…but almost as many people have told me that they enjoy just staring at a piece, and letting feelings wash over them as they try to figure it out. So, this will be instructive for those of you who want […]

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Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying

June 23, 2011

You are invited to join me in taking a stand against gay bullying. I’ll be exhibiting my paintings and donating 10% of any proceeds to the It Gets Better Project. Hope to see you at the opening reception on July 8 in Norwich!

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July is for Patriotism, and for Giving Back, Says Artist

May 26, 2011

July is shaping up to be a charitable month for Maura McGurk; she will donate 10% of proceeds from her art exhibition about anti-gay bullying to The It Gets Better Project, and donate an original artwork which will be auctioned off in support of the New Bedford Art Museum. It Gets Better will promote McGurk’s […]

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It Gets Better Project to Support Maura McGurk’s Solo Art Exhibition

May 25, 2011

The It Gets Better Project, founded by Dan Savage in response to several teen suicides caused by anti-gay bullying in Fall 2010, will support artist Maura McGurk’s solo art exhibition at the Wauregan Gallery in Norwich, CT during July 2011. The exhibition will feature artworks that take a stand against gay bullying. McGurk began this […]

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New Anti-Gay Bullying Painting

May 24, 2011

This painting, part of my series against gay bullying, is called Before and After. Tyler Clementi and the other teens who have committed suicide because of bullying are still on my mind, especially after recent legal action on his case these past couple of weeks related to his former roommate and hallmate. Also, I’m in […]

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I Saw Someone Who Jumped Off a Bridge This Morning

May 23, 2011

I saw someone who jumped off a bridge this morning. On my usual morning walk along the East River, I noticed several NYC fire trucks on the other side of the river.  They were parked at intervals, facing the water, lights flashing.  I felt a little queasy at the thought of a terrorism-related threat but then […]

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The Bully Project

May 21, 2011

I can’t wait to see The Bully Project, a documentary that looks at bullying over the course of an entire school year. From the official website: Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on […]

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