BANG THE DRUM ENERGY
A cosmopolitan audience enjoyed the
Oil Drum Art created by
regional artists and Trash Drum Art by Hartford students.
(Photo by Birn Studios)
Union Station Great Hall
One Union Place, Hartford, CT 06105
April 27 to May 25, 2012
"Bang The Drum" Energy and Environmental
Exhibition had a major opening reception at the Hartford Union Station
Great Hall on Friday, April 27, 2012. About 500 attendees filled the
6,500 square foot art gallery that featured 38 fine artworks by Connecticut
and out-of-state artists as well as 32 Trash Drum Artworks by Hartford
students from public schools and capitol city youth agencies.
Also featured in the exhibition was
a full-size 15-foot catamaran with a 26-foot mast that utilized eight
recycled oil drums for pontoons and used materials. It was designed
by Oil Drum Art Board of Director David Murphy and constructed by about
30 students from Bulkeley High School under the direction of Paul Gemme,
Manager of the “Our Piece of the Pie” Boat Workshop. The objective
of catamaran is to provide third-world countries with blueprints on how
to construct an easy-to-build boat with available recycled materials that
will produce better food gathering capabilities for fishing villages.
A full-size 15-foot long Catamaran “Cat-Fish”
was re-assembled by students who built it in the
“Our Piece of the Pie” Boat Workshop.
(Photo by Ed deGroat)
Fathom, a Hartford
marketing firm, is developing a program to promote the “One Little Boat”
concept. Its mission is to provide these communities with designs for
boats that are safe, inexpensive, easy-to-build, and able to meet the varying
needs of different locations. With the help of designers, humanitarian groups,
and sponsors, Fathom believes One Little Boat can make a big difference.
The Catamaran “Cat-Fish”
is the first step in that direction.
for more information.
Left to right:
City of Hartford COO David Panagore;
Keynote Speaker Commissioner Daniel Esty,
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection;
event host Jack Lardis, President of Oil Drum Art;
Catamaran “Cat-Fish” creator David Murphy;
and Master of Ceremonies John Motley.
(Photo by Birn Studios)
Watch a video of
the event by clicking below.
to Ken Lundquist for making this video.
The speakers for the exhibition were:
- Welcome introduction
by Jack Lardis, President and Founder of Oil Drum Art and its subsidiary,
Trash Drum Art.
- Master of Ceremonies
John Motley, past-president of the Travelers Foundation and the Wadsworth
Atheneum Museum of Art, is now Motley Consulting for non-profits.
- Keynote speaker
Commissioner Daniel Esty of the Connecticut Department of Energy and
Environmental Protection was the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental
Law and Policy at Yale University and the author of the prize winning
book, "Green To Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy To
Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage."
- Speaker David Panagore,
Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford, was previously Hartford's
Director of Development Services.
- David Murphy, Director
on the Oil Drum Art Board, and creator/designer of the Catamaran “Cat-Fish.”
“Bang The Drum” Prizes and Awards:
Patty Hickson, Contemporary
Art Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum, juried the fine arts category and
spoke about the selection process before announcing the winners.
Jack Lardis presented the prizes and awards to the artists.
Best of Show – $600 to Silas Finch for “Last Hope For Renewal” of New Haven,
First prize— $450 to John Norwood for “Iraq War Veteran” of College Point,
Long Island, NY.
Second prize – $300 to Claude Rioual for “Recycle –7” of Tariffville, CT.
Third prize – $150 to Fred Osorio for “Running Out Of Time” of West Hartford,
Honorable Mention Gift Certificates from Jerry’s Artarama:
$200 to Dave Murphy for Catamaran “Cat-Fish” of West Hartford, CT.
$100 to Tao LaBossiere for “Oil Spill” of Hartford, CT.
$75 to Amy LaBossiere for “Legs” of Hartford, CT.
The Trash Drum Art Program
was juried by Andres Chaparro, Manager of Marketing, Events, and Cultural
Affairs, and Jaclynn Hart of “Hartford Performs’ for Hartford Public Schools.
Trash Drum Art by over
from Hartford Public Schools and capitol city youth agencies.
(Photo: Birn Studios)
Jackie Coleman, Art Supervisor of the Hartford Schools, presented
the awards to the following schools and artists:
Best Theme – Dwight/Bellizzi Asian Studies
Execution – Sports and Medical Science
Creativity – Kevin Hernandez
Oil Drum Art “Bang The Drum” Energy & Environmental
Hartford, Union Station, April 27-May 25, 2012
In the spring of 2012, Oil Drum Art staged a month-long exhibition at Hartford’s
Union Station to raise awareness of energy and environmental issues.
55-Gallon oil drums served as the primary raw material for the creation of
38 works of fine art created by Connecticut artists. The works addressed
a range of provocative issues, including the state of the environment, the
energy crisis, global warming, the world economy, and recent wars in the Middle
The exhibition was made possible
Also, a 15-foot catamaran with a 26-foot mast that used eight recycled oil
drums as pontoons was included in the exhibition. Printed materials
at the exhibition explained that the boat is a model for third-world countries
to create inexpensive fishing vessels from readily available, recycled materials
in order to help increase food-gathering capacity.
In addition to the works by professional artists, Hartford students created
32 Trash Drum Artworks that also were featured at the exhibition. After
the exhibition the trash drums were donated to the City of Hartford for
placement in city parks to collect litter and provide public art.
Some 500 people attended the opening reception on April 27, while more than
18,000 people viewed the exhibition during its run. Because “Bang the
Drum” was held in a major bus and train transportation hub, the thought-provoking
artwork was accessible not only to Connecticut residents, but to travelers
from throughout the country.
from the following: Click on their name
to connect to them:
Clear Sky Energies
of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts
of Energy and Environmental Protection
of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation
of Public Works
The Fund For Greater Hartford
Hartford Arts Council
Greater Hartford Transit District
Mayor’s Office and The City Council
The Hartford Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs
C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
Oil Drum Art wishes to express its thanks to participating artists,
supporters and the public.
Special thanks to the Oil Drum Art Hartford Board for planning
the exhibition in the Union Station Great Hall.
President and Founder
Barbara A. Harder
A HISTORY OF OIL DRUM ART EXHIBITIONS
2003: New Haven City-Wide Open Studios Exhibition. The first 15 drum
art works were displayed and 75 new artists applied for drums.
2. January 2004: The New London (CT) Union Station
Exhibition was part of the Hygienic XXV Art Show. Estimated +5,000 visitors.
3. June 2004: Oil Drum Art displayed in a 30
X 60-foot enclosed exhibition tent during the International Arts &
Ideas. Estimated 3,000 visitors. Presented a panel discussion about
oil and energy at Yale's Bowers Auditorium. The panelists were: Bill Curry
(CT gubernatorial candidate), Tim Weiskel (Harvard ecologist), Bill Stillinger
(Northeast Utilities), Mathew Griffiths (University of New Haven physics
professor) and moderator Justin Good (Emerson College, Ph.D., Philosophy).
4. October 2004: New Haven City-Wide Open Studios
Exhibition in the 10,000 square foot gallery in Erector Square. Thirty
new artworks included an installation made of single words by artists
using drums. Also a theater and musical performance incorporated
oil drums in their production. +1,700 Visitors.
5. February 2005: Stamford UCONN Art Gallery. A provocative
art exhibition made of oil drums by Connecticut artists. +900 Visitors.
6. March 2005: Hartford ArtSpace Gallery with
35 new artworks from the Greater Hartford art community. Ms. Jennifer
Aniskovich, Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture
and Tourism, was the keynote speaker and Executive Director of the Greater
Hartford Arts Council, Ken Kahn, gave the opening remarks. 350 Visitors
during the opening reception and 125 at the closing reception.
7. May 2005: Waterbury Triple Art Exhibition
at the Connecticut Store featured local, students drums art works, student
artworks, and works by professional artists. +700 Visitors.
8. March 2006: Bristol New England Carousel
Museum had two exhibitions: (1) Fine artists were downstairs and (2)
children who painted drums in the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven
were upstairs. +900 visitors attended.
9. May 2006: Nest Arts Factory Exhibition in
Bridgeport where food for the Soup Kitchen was collected. +300 visitors
10. July 19 - August 30, 2007: Barnum
Museum Exhibition with 35 statewide and out-of-state artists. $750
in cash prizes plus certificates of merit. +750 visitors.
11. September 6-30, 2007: Oil Drum Art Aesthetic
& Environmental Exhibition at the Hartford ArtSpace Gallery. Kristina
Newman-Scott, curator of Real Art Ways Gallery juried the exhibition.
Ms. Jo Winch, from Mayor Perez’s office, presented ODA with the Mayor’s
Award for the Oil Drum Art Day in Hartford. Also speaking were representatives
from the Department of Environmental Protection Agency and from Local
Energy Company. +650 visitors attended.
12. October 6 - 28, 2007: Oil Drum Art Aesthetic
& Environmental Exhibition at the Torrington Artwell Gallery.
13. January 7 - 12, 2008: An Oil Drum Art Environmental
Exhibition at the Sikorsky Aircraft Plant in Stratford, CT featured
14 environmental artworks. +5,000 Visitors.
14. May 24, 2008: Seaside Park Arts Festival
in West Beach, CT. +600 Visitors.
15. March 19 - May 2, 2008: Oil Drum Art Environmental
Art Exhibition in Gallery 201 at 111 Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn.
16. April 19, 2008: Oil Drum Art was on the CBS Early
Show from 7 to 9AM. Lonnie Quinn was the moderator and six artists
from Connecticut were interviewed with their artworks. Millions viewed.
17. August 27 - September 27, 2008: Oil Drum
Art 9/11 Commemorative Exhibition at the Barnum Museum. Bridgeport, CT.
A special reception and ceremony was held on Thursday, September 11 that
included city officials and state dignitaries.
18. September 11, 2008: Fox-5 News interviewed
Oil Drum Art artists Jack Lardis, Dennis Bialek, Lorna Cyr, and Fred Osorio
in Bridgeport, Connecticut Barnum Museum about their experiences with
the 9/11 event. The program was aired nationally. Millions viewed.
19. October 10 – 12, 2008: Oil Drum Art
exhibited nine artworks in the “Onething Conservation EXPO” at the Hartford
Convention Center. Four artworks were kept on display until November
10. Thousands viewed.
19. March 4-30, 2009: ODA Environmental,
Energy, and Travel Exhibition at the Hartford ArtSpace Gallery. Noted
speaker: Gina McCarthy, Director of the (CT) Department of Environmental
Protection Agency Director. The artworks were juried by Power Booth, Dean
of the University Art Department, selected artworks were transferred to
the Bradley Airport Art Gallery for a 6-month exhibition. +500 visitors.
20. April 1 to August 31, 2009: Exhibition
in Terminal A, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT. Selected
from the Hartford Art Space Exhibition were displayed in the first art
gallery at the airport for travelers to view while waiting for their
flights. Joe DeMarco's "Peace Plane" was purchased by the Bradley
Airport for display in the terminal A lobby. +30,000 Visitors.
21. 2011: Oil Drum Art presented a “Young Turks
& Old Dogs” combination fundraiser and reunion at the Hartford Union
Station Great Hall that included four major sponsoring advertising and
design clubs of Connecticut: Advertising Club of Connecticut, Connecticut
Art Directors Club, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Marketing
Association, and the AIGA/CT.
22. 2012: April 27 to May 25. A major Oil Drum
Art “bang The Drum” Energy and Environmental Exhibition was presented in
the Hartford Union Station Great Hall with 38 artworks created by 38 artists
from Connecticut, New York, and Virginia. A 15-foot catamaran with a 26-foot
mast used 8 recycled 30-gallon oil drums for pontoons and repurposed materials.
The mission is to provide third-world fishing villages with blueprints on
how to build a safe and stable catamaran with simple tools and used materials
to improve their fishing capabilities. Also included in the exhibition were
32 Trash Drum Art created by over 150 inner-city students that were donated
to the City of Hartford for its parks to help keep them clean while providing
educational public art. 18,500 viewers.
Overall results and demographics
An intercept survey was conducted by 12 interns and 96 visitors responded.
The surveys asked audience members to rate the work, identify their favorite
pieces and state what about the artwork affected them. Just as important,
the surveys asked if any of the artworks would encourage viewers “to consider
using less petroleum products.”
The surveys indicated that “Bang the Drum” achieved its objective of raising
viewers’ consciousness about the effects of oil consumption and, ultimately,
moving them toward behavioral change. The artwork seemed to appeal
to viewers’ aesthetic sense while getting its message across. More than
being simply an enjoyable and creative art exhibition, viewers voiced their
understanding of the political, environmental and economic issues associated
with oil. They also seemed to understand that the artwork called for
a personal response from them, and were clear in their response as to whether
seeing this oil-drum art would prompt them to think differently about their
own consumption. That the vast majority responded in the affirmative
is a hopeful sign that the exhibition will have a lasting impact.