Public Invited to Join the Crocker and Participate in a New Media Community Artwork by Rachel Clarke

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sacramento, CA – June 24, 2010 – Members of the public now have a rare opportunity to contribute to a community work of art that will be on display in the expanded Crocker Art Museum which opens October 10, 2010. The Hang at the Crocker community art project is one of the many ways the New Crocker will offer residents and friends of the Museum a way to participate and come together as a diverse and creative community. The Crocker has commissioned Rachel Clarke to create a new media animated collage composed of four-by-six-inch, two-dimensional creations submitted by community members. Submissions can be a work of art, a photo of loved ones, a collage or other creation. The mosaic will be choreographed to music composed by Stephen Blumberg, projected on a wall in the Museum’s new Teel Family Pavilion and will become part of the Crocker’s collection. Open to current and new Museum members, Hang at the Crocker is a way to demonstrate support for the New Crocker and hang a personal creation in the Museum. Existing members receive one free submission as a membership benefit and those who wish to join the Crocker can participate in Hang at the Crocker immediately. Membership rates start at $45. As the Museum is temporarily closed for renovation, new memberships will be extended through October 2011. An annual membership to the Crocker includes free general admission, discounts on classes and purchases in the Museum Store, invitations to members-only previews and much more. The deadline to participate in Hang at the Crocker is July 20, 2010. For more information and to participate, visit hangatthecrocker.com or call the Crocker’s membership office at (916) 808-6730. Artist Rachel Clarke combines digital and traditional media in drawings, video and new media installations. Originally from the United Kingdom, she is associate professor of electronic art at California State University, Sacramento. In October 2008, she was awarded Artist of the Year by the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento, awarded "For an artist...who has made a recent significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Sacramento Region." Composer Stephen Blumberg is associate professor of composition and music theory at California State University, Sacramento and is artistic director of the CSUS Festival of New American Music. His music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad. The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. The Museum is closed for renovation through October 9, 2010. For more information, please call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org. # # # Media Contact: Kathleen C. Richards Media: (916) 808-5157 Public: (916) 808-7000 216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814 www.crockerartmuseum.org


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