School of Art + Art History alumnus Gregg Figura (B.F.A. in Art ‘81) is busy in Queensbury, New York, on an installation project titled Hands2Peace. The project encourages audience participation, using handprint painting to spread messages of peace and community.
“The interactive installation/exhibition is based on the foundation to encourage personal uniqueness as fundamentally important and critical in forming a complete person within society,” Figura said.
While the project began in public schools, Figura aims to present the project in other contexts, from public libraries to correctional facilities, to engage participants in an art-making activity that encourages self-esteem and bonding with other community members.
“It is through reaching and teaching our youth, the marginalized, devalued and incarcerated that we will build a stronger nation and society within the world system,” Figura said.