Visitors to the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have the opportunity to interact with popular artist John Giarrizzo, Jr. as he takes his place in the gallery as artist-in-residence July 14 – 18 and 21 – 25.
Through the artist residency, Giarrizzo’s careful, close observation and kinesthetic study of the Whitney’s collection over an extended period serves as the launching point for his expressive response to these works.
In addition, Giarrizzo communicates the artist’s idea of what it means to “draw,” to Center visitors in the Coe Auditorium on Thursday, July 24, in a free noontime presentation at 12:15 p.m. titled An Artist/Teacher at Work: Reflections on a Residency at the Whitney. As he puts it, “The act of drawing constitutes a visual meditation, and can function as an instrument in the way of observing and responding to our visual world in the present tense.”
Giarrizzo uses his own experience as an instructor of art at the post-secondary level (Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming) to touch on the various methods used to teach others to draw. Within these methods, Giarrizzo focuses on teaching from personal experience and from the masterworks of other artists, a tradition that began in the Renaissance and continues to inform the instruction of art today.
For more information on the Whitney Museum’s summer series of programs and artists-in-residence, visit the Whitney programs page of the Center of the West’s website at centerofthewest.org/explore/western-art.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.