Visual Arts Program

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.


Talk The Talk: Rich Tomasello on Chad Grohman

A Lecture Series Where Artists Talk About The Work Of Others

Artists' talks are a tried and true format in which artists typically speak about themselves and their work, revealing (or obscuring) their inspirations and methodologies, their backgrounds and their present modes of thinking. Hallwalls still presents live and free artists' talks at the beginning of each exhibition opening and this past summer used the annual Members Exhibition as a means within which artists could do rapid 10-minute talks on their submitted artwork.

Each of those formats will continue at Hallwalls, but we decided for 2017/18 to devise a series that could insert a new angle into a conventional format.

TALK THE TALK is a new lecture series in which we've invited regional Western New York artists to present talks on other WNY artists, living or dead. We asked them to select artists they admire, artists who may have inspired them, artists whose work speaks to them sufficiently that they can then speak to us about them.

"Every time I view Chad Grohman's artwork I'm surprised by something stylistically, emotionally, and spiritually. Chad is a Buddhist Priest who is a member of the Nichiren Shu as well as a visual artist, graphic designer, tattoo artist, husband, and father. The scope and range of Chad's work takes the viewer on journey, in some cases a spiritual one. Come with me on this journey to learn about the artist Chad Kanjo Grohman."

- Buffalo-based mixed media artist and art educator Rich Tomasello