Art & Public Spaces: Influenced by Your Community
Time & Location
Caitlin Butler, Mural Arts Philadelphia @muralarts
Caitlin Butler is a non-profit arts leader with more than a decade of experience in development, teaching, and education program management. She currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Mural Arts Philadelphia, where she oversees R&D, fundraising, and the new Mural Arts Institute, a branch of the organization devoted to sharing knowledge and driving innovation in the field of socially-engaged public art. Her expertise includes planning and evaluation, community-based art education, museum education, project and program development, writing and communications, building strategic relationships, fundraising, and philanthropy.
Josh Goldblum, Bluecadet
As Bluecadet’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Josh Goldblum is devoted to working with museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations to educate, engage and entertain through digital innovation. He has conceptualized and created websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments for such organizations as MoMA, Smithsonian Institution, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic, and over 20 prestigious institutions in Philadelphia. An expert in digital strategy and technology, Josh has been featured by NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, The New Yorker, USA Today, HOW Magazine, Communication Arts, Adobe, People Magazine, and CBS News. His projects have been honored with an Emmy Award and several Webby, Webvisionary, ADDY, SXSW, and AAM MUSE Awards. He serves on the judging committees for the Emmy and Webby Awards.
Brendan Lowry, Rory @brendanlowry
Brendan Lowry is the founder of Rory, a creative agency which makes stuff for the internet and advises brands on content creation, as well as digital, social, and influencer marketing. Recent clients include Kimpton Hotels, STARR Restaurants, Converse, Lyft, Visit Philly, General Motors, and Wawa. Prior to Rory, Brendan founded Curalate with two people who are way smarter than him. While at Curalate, he helped educate the company's hundreds of clients on all things digital and social. He's also the founder of Peopledelphia, a media platform which tells Philadelphia's story through its people.
Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media
Rakia Reynolds is a producer turned communications strategist. As founder of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia communications agency with an all-star roster of lifestyle, technology and nonprofit clients such as Ashley Graham, Dell, Landit, Serena Williams and Marley Dias. Noted as an influencer in the creative business industry, Rakia is sought after by companies to provide her expertise in creative development, branding and strategic communications. Rakia has great partnerships with winning brands including DELL Computers who named her one of 25 tastemakers on their “Inspire 100” list and made her the face of ads published in major business magazines and run on the top television networks nationwide.
Dewey Saunders, Society6 @deweysaunders
For Florida-born, Philly-based visual artist Dewey Bryan Saunders the “mediums” is the message. In true internet era fashion Saunders has created an identity for himself that is not based on delivering a single product in a single medium repeatedly. Instead Dewey has a vision, and a style born of the various sensibilities of the top end of the millennial age spectrum, and he is constantly adapting his work to his surroundings and moving. In his works various media such as collage, illustration, and computer based graphic design all come together to form a visual vocabulary that speaks volumes on culture, history, and imagination. He was around before the internet, and he has embraced its flourishing to create work that resonates with folks who appreciate old, new, and especially both. His sensibilities are contemporary, but his influences exceed the trends of today. His work is an ever unfolding series of images that embrace hip hop’s values, and champion a tropical psychedelia that only South Florida could inspire. In Saunders’ work the spectacle merges with an all seeing eye that roams like a tumbleweed through the vast sea of images that is the web, and looking becomes a central element of creation. The result is a visual aesthetic that considers everything, but only focuses on a few things, and does so with such adaptability that Dewey’s refined vocabulary can speak any language, and be heard in any setting. Through his work Dewey shows us a cohesive way to see and participate in the world that the Internet has created for us.
As much as Saunders’ work is fluid and adaptable he does have central themes, and chief among them are hip hop and his unique brand of psychedelia. A great deal of his illustrations are portraits of hip hop artists, and it should come as no surprise if you’re perusing the instagram feeds of your favorite rappers and find one of his portraits reposted. The second essential Dewey Saunders trait is psychedelia, but not a rehashed 60s copycat psychedelia. His particular brand of psychedelia relies on a pastel color palette, bizarre juxtaposition, and the arrangement of collected images into a friendly composition of outrageous peculiarity. While much art in the psychedelic tradition references the frenzied free spiritedness of an acid trip, Dewey is more in keeping with the sublime comfort of a hash pipe in similar fashion to Dada or Situationism. He depicts his surreal take on the world around us in a playful and approachable manner. - Zach Moldof
Please note that you must either have a SXSW Badge or Amplify Philly Wristband to attend this event.