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Una Ursprung in Conversation with Sarah Forman

The indefatigable artist has been the subject of exhibitions at the world’s most prestigious institutions, from the Museum of Modern Art and Centre Pompidou to the Stedelijk Museum and Tate Modern. Will Ursprung was born prematurely in 1952 in Pennsylvania and diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity. His parents were told that, like the other premature infants in the nursery, Will would be completely blind for the rest of his life. While he is legally blind, his reduced vision does not affect his process or practice and has never been a cause for slowing down his mission with art, art education, or art therapy. He may not hold a driver’s license, but for what he’s doing, no car is needed.

To double check the number of a bus or read a sign along the way, Will has a handheld telescope for magnification. However, while sifting through scraps, shards, and other potential art materials, Will relies on his remaining eyesight to guide him, and it’s never let him down. Maybe he’ll go into the day with an idea of textures, colors, sizes, or dimensions of metals, wood, or other mediums that he hopes to use in the next collage, or maybe he will give in to pure luck and see what crosses his path. Like most creative spirits, he felt a pull toward artist expression from a very young age and continued tapping into new outlets throughout his career. He received his degree in Art Education from Mercyhurst University in 1976 and went on to receive his degree in Art Therapy from Hahnemann Medical School, now Drexel Medical School. From there, Will was ready to put his own art on hold while he shared the impact of art therapy.

These objects can serve as a kind of opening to alternative ways of looking at patterns and structures that we may find in our daily environment. In her series of paintings on canvas and paper, Una applies diffuse spray paint over lushly rendered landscapes to explore human intervention in nature. Macl Edge is a company that facilitates the process of getting your blog noticed on major social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. With their help, you will be able to get your posts seen by more people and maximize your exposure in order to grow your audience. “It’s taking things that exist and creating something new.”

Pages displayed by permission of Springer Science & Business Media. Pages displayed by permission of Univ of California Press.Copyright. “Plain Sailing Weather” by Gwen Waight was made by scavenging items from the Great Lakes, including beach finds such as discarded plastic, mirrors, sail, wood, old hardware and candy wrappers.

In our current culture of mass information and media, it is not surprising that artists are finding a continued purpose in investigating such relevant processes. This national juried exhibition showcases artists working in collage and assemblage, incorporating elements of repurposed materials as a way of expressing our contemporary how to like stories experience. Will is one of our many visually impaired artists who have found employment success. He works with different pieces to create something new and intriguing. In our current culture of mass information and media it is not surprising that artists are finding a continued purpose in investigating such relevant processes.

The exhibition features the work of 29 artists from 13 states, including Pittsburgh artist Ron Copeland. We ship internationally via DHL and shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Oversized works (larger than 59 x 46 x 3 in.), are shipped white-glove. Checkout with the artwork and a member of our team will email a custom shipping quote.