The three-day conference focuses on peacemaking practices from around the world, May 13-15, 2011 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Notable speakers at the event include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Somaly Mam, Nobel Laureates and peace advocates from a wide cross section of cultures.
“My work is about peace, love, compassion so it’s a great honor to be chosen to display my hand sculptures at the Newark Peace Education Summit,” says Frankel. “Having such distinguished speakers and peace activists gathered together is an exciting moment.”
Frankel will display five bronze sculptures from her series of hands, all larger than life size: Connection, Peace, Love, Prayer Hands and Inner Peace. These sculptures embrace and express the complexities of human relationships. Each is a tribute to the inherent emotions that unite us, exalt us, and show us our commonality, our intrinsic bonds. (Photos attached.)
“My interest lies in images that lead to connection, hope and power of community. Connecting to oneself, another, animals or the environment,” Frankel continues. I create sculptures and installation that lend themselves to this concept of reflection, quiet, community, and the human need of belonging. Taking basic hand gestures (some sign language) creates engagement with others. On a larger monumental scale these sculptures create a community gathering place, adding warmth and peace to the urban setting.”
About Dorothy Frankel
Dorothy Frankel (dorothyfrankel.com) is an artist, peace and animal activist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and installation sites throughout the United States, including City of New York Parks and Recreation Public Art; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; the Peace Arch State and Provincial Park that straddles the US/Canadian border between Washington State and British Columbia; Pratt Institute Sculpture Park, Brooklyn; and Hampton Road Gallery, the Mark Humphrey Gallery, the RVS Gallery, all in Southampton, New York; Gallery Merz, Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor; BelleArte Gallery in West Hollywood, Calif.; The Perlman Music Program, Shelter Island, NY; Burlington County College in Burlington, NJ; and The Fells Sculpture Park, Newbury, NH. In addition, her sculptures are in private and public collections throughout the United States including New York City Public Art. Frankel was commissioned to create the “Thumbs Up” Award given by The Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee in New York, among whose recipients are Hillary Clinton. Her sculptures have been featured in various publications including the Wall Street Journal.
About the Newark Peace Education Summit
The summit will explore the programs, policies, and methods used by communities to establish peace, why and how they work, and how to replicate them in America and around the world. For more information, visit newarkpeace.org/.