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. 
Visit 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.

Thanks 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, CT.
-    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, CT.
-    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 150 students
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 Academy
Execution – Sports and Medical Science Academy
Creativity – Kevin Hernandez

Survey Report
Oil Drum Art “Bang The Drum” Energy & Environmental Exhibition
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 East.
            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.

The exhibition was made possible with support
from the following: Click on their name to connect to them:

Clear Sky Energies
Connecticut Natural Gas
The Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
The Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation
The Department of Public Works
The Fund For Greater Hartford
The Greater Hartford Arts Council
The Greater Hartford Transit District
The Hartford Mayor’s Office and The City Council
The Hartford Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs
Hartford Public Schools
The Knox Foundation
The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation

Oil Drum Art wishes to express its thanks to participating artists, sponsors,
supporters and the public.

Special thanks to the Oil Drum Art Hartford Board for planning and implementing
the exhibition in the Union Station Great Hall.

Jack Lardis
    President and Founder
Barbara A. Harder
Lorraine MacAlpine

Andrea Curewitz
Donna Donovan
Bernard Forand
Dana Herbert
Adrena Johnson
David Murphy

Special Advisor:
Doris Johnson

Lorna Cyr
Phillip Clement
Kenneth Lundquist


      1. October 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). +225 Visitors.

    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 attended.

    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.  +450 Visitors.

    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. +450 Visitors.

    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.

Survey Report
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.