Posts Tagged ‘It Gets Better’

Solo Show Explores Gay Marriage

October 2, 2016

In an exhibition sponsored by the City of Federal Way, painter Maura McGurk uses texture, color and found objects to explore long-term relationships, particularly gay marriage. McGurk explains that she arrived at this theme through a challenge she gave to herself, to begin using pattern in more conscious ways in her paintings. This technical consideration […]

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365 Days of Art: October 11 – AIDS Quilt is Displayed for First Time

October 11, 2014

October 11, 1987 The AIDS Quilt is displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I saw a piece of it for the first time on the UC Berkeley campus in the late 80s or early 90s, and it remains one of the most moving sights I’ve ever seen.

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California, Meet Minnesota (and Delaware, and Rhode Island)

May 13, 2013

Today, Minnesota legalized gay marriage. This is amazing on many levels. When I was planning my wedding 9 short months ago, there were 6 states where marriage was legal. Of those, 3 were in the midst of some kind of repeal attempt, so we had 3 true options. Mia and I had to go outside […]

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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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Listen to Your Mother Survey: Some Excerpts

November 9, 2012

Video by John Roberts. This video encapsulates many of the responses Mia and I received to our anonymous online survey of mothers of gay children. At this point in history, it could be argued that it’s never been easier to tell your parents you’re gay. But Mia and I can tell you from personal experience […]

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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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Favorite Quotes from It Gets Better, Musical edition

August 24, 2011

“When I first came to New York to pursue my acting career, I got a survival job in an office. My first day walking into the office I heard the soundtrack to Barbra Streisand’s Yentl playing through the speakers, and the owner came out, wearing freedom rainbow rings in her ears, and shook my hand. […]

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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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Maura McGurk Featured in “At the Edge” Magazine

August 5, 2011

The premier issue of At the Edge magazine, an independent art publication which focuses on emerging artists in New York City, features artist Maura McGurk and her crusade against gay bullying. The article discusses McGurk’s July 2011 solo exhibition, entitled Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying. The paintings in the […]

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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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