NB Art Jones

New York multimedia artist Art Jones will be the featured performer this Thursday in the College of Visual and Performing Arts Star Series in downtown New Bedford.

On Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 8 PM, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts will present an artistic collaboration between New Bedford-based 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment and Bronx-based multimedia artist Art Jones, as part of its ongoing College of Visual and Performing Arts Star Series.

Mr. Jones uses original and found media to create works with photography, moving images, sculpture, and site-specific installations. His films, videos, and live media performances often take on the interrelationships between popular culture, collective memory, and power. For the February 25 event, he will explore New Bedford ahead of the performance and collect site-specific visuals and sounds to be included in his new piece and to collaborate on a shared vision with 3rd EyE. 

Mr. Jones' films and media art projects have been exhibited in the US and internationally at institutions such as Chinatown Soup in New York City, Times Art Center Berlin, Roulette Intermedium, Ars Electronica, MoMA, Tate Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and LA Freewaves, among others. His pop-up exhibition, “blue/lives,” can be seen through the Swain Studio windows during the event and later at Star Store’s Crapo Gallery.

3rd EyE will present four local emerging artists: LaCar, Riss, Missile and ChanWThePlan, who will perform short sets of original music. These performers are part of a cohort that 3rd EyE leadership mentors. Peter Lonelle Walker will share the stage as the master of ceremonies for this segment. 

The series takes place every Thursday through April on stage inside the Swain Studio at the College of Visual and Performing Arts Star Store Campus on the corner of Purchase and Union Streets in downtown New Bedford. Audiences are invited to watch the programs safely from outside the large street-level windows or tune in from home via live stream on Facebook.

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