Mural artist will visit campus

(03-30-2012)

Successful mural artist and Adams State College alumnus, Ian Wilkinson, returns to campus for an artist lecture and workshop. His free public lecture, "Life after ASC and the Mural Project," begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Art Building room 227. A workshop, for Adams State students only, will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Art Building room 142.

"My work often finds itself in the service of my community," Wilkinson said. "It has become increasingly important for me to be able to tell the visual story, and share the values of our community's culture in a way that will remain timeless and undated. I have learned the value in creating work that maintains its relevance."

Since 2009, Wilkinson has been the director of the Asheville Mural Project, a nonprofit program that utilizes the mural arts to support and empower the community and celebrate culture and history. He is also a teaching artist presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS).

Wilkinson said: "Art is an amazing means of communication. It can be a tool to heal. It is a crucial element in the development of basic human understanding. It gives all people a way to connect to their most rudimentary senses."

Wilkinson attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. and soon started a business as a muralist. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts, from Adams State in 2004. After graduation, Wilkinson again began painting murals, working in Colorado and New Mexico. He and his family now live in Asheville, NC.