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Trajectory Heart Project by Thomas Mann coming to the Lehigh Valley

The Trajectory Heart Project by Thomas Mann is coming to the Lehigh Valley this July. In addition to the creation of the sculpture, Mann will conduct workshops and exhibits.

By: Ann Lalik and Emily J. Collins
Penn State Lehigh Valley is hosting this community project

Thomas Mann, internationally known jewelry and sculpture artist, is bringing a new community art project to the Lehigh Valley in July. The Trajectory Heart Project, which began in 2009 during an Artist in Residence program with the Studios of Key West, demonstrates the importance of bringing art to the community by publicly sharing the complete experience of building and documenting the sculpture.

Scuplture shaped like a heart

"Trajectory Heart Sculpture" by Thomas Mann

Image: Thomas Mann

The project, which is hosted by Penn State Lehigh Valley, is enhanced by the partnerships of arts organizations and businesses in the community.  Together they are offering educational opportunities that range from the studio to the business world.

Students and professional artists will work with Mann to create the Trajectory Heart Sculpture in a maker space located on RE:find gallery on the Arts Walk in Allentown. The final work will be transported around the Lehigh Valley and photographed in different sites.

Mann, of New Orleans, grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania where his fascination with art began. His techno-romantic art combines industrial aesthetics and materials with romantic and powerful messages.

 “We are thrilled to host such a masterful artist and assist with his unique project. Everyone involved, from the business community to the arts community are helping to make this a truly special event,” said Ann Lalik, Penn State Lehigh Valley gallery director and arts coordinator.

In addition to the creation of the sculpture, Mann will conduct workshops and exhibits.

The Found Object Sandwich™  (FOS) - Personal Pin Making - The Photo Assemblage Brooch, studio workshop. 
July 14 and 15  (9 am - 4 pm both days)
Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley

Artist as Artrepreneur Lecture and Lunch
July 20 (11 am – 1:00 pm)
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown 

Design ƒor Survival™ (DfS) Entrepreneurial Thinking and Tactics for Artists, lecture and interactive workshop for artists working in any media.
July 21 and 22 (9 am - 4 pm both days)
Baum School of Art, Allentown

To register for workshops, visit the Lehigh Valley Arts Council's Box Office. For more information, contact Lalik at 610-285-5261 or annlalik@psu.edu.

Additionally, A Community Art Event on July 12:
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council invites you to share a moment when the arts touched your life. Stories will be gathered at the Membership Reception on July 12, 2017, featuring Thomas Mann.

July 12 (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
Penn State/ RE:find Pop up Gallery, Allentown
What's Your Story? Lehigh Valley Arts Council Annual Membership Reception

For more information and to join in on the narrative visit:  lvartscouncil.org/story/

Mann Exhibits: July 2017

JEWELRY TRUNK SALE
Thursday July 13, Noon - 6:00 p.m.
RE:find, at city center,
27 N. 7th St. Allentown PA.

ASSEMBLING Thomas Mann EXHIBIT 
Reception: Thursday July 20, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Penn State/ RE:find Pop Up Gallery
645 Hamilton St Allentown, PA
for more information call 610-841-4866

Partner and sponsor organizations:

City Center, Cultural Coalition of Allentown, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Launchbox Lehigh Valley, RE:find Gallery, The Baum School of Art, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley

Thomas Mann bringing art project to the Lehigh Valley

In addition to the creation of the Trajectory Heart sculpture, Mann will conduct workshops and exhibits. For more information, contact Ann Lalik at 610-285-5261 or annlalik@psu.edu.

Penn State Lehigh Valley's Multimedia Innovation Center
Sponsors: City Center Lehigh valley, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, Lehigh Valley Arts Council. Partners: Cultural Coalition of Allentown, The Baum School of Art, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, RE:find furnishings found + fresh

Thomas Mann Trajectory Heart Project Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors: City Center Lehigh valley, Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, Lehigh Valley Arts Council. Partners: Cultural Coalition of Allentown, The Baum School of Art, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, RE:find furnishings found + fresh