LA Artist Paz Fernandez Exhibits at the White House
Chosen Out of Thousands to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
Los Angeles, CA — Paz Fernandez has been selected as 1 of the 10 artists who were invited to exhibit at the White House for the ACT/ART’s #IAMTHEMANY Design Competition for social justice in support of October's National Youth Justice Awareness Month.
Among thousands of entries, the esteemed jury chose 10 works of art as the Official Selection to be displayed in the East Room of the White House until October 30, 2015 for all tour visitors to see.
The jury was composed of renowned artist Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rapper Chuck D (Public Enemy) and 11 other distinguished community leaders of the art, social justice and design fields.
Paz approached the design and theme of criminal justice reform with a sense of hope, which she captured while echoing America’s simple yet deep shared desire, with her poster titled Peace Offering: May Peace Lead Our Way.
The artists' reception was held in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building within the White House Complex on Thursday, October 15th.
About Paz Fernandez
Born in Costa Rica to a Chilean family, Paz Fernandez grew up in Miami and has lived in Los Angeles since 1998. Paz is an artist and graphic designer inspired by boldness and peace. Her name Paz means peace in Spanish. Her style and inspiration comes from her eclectic heritage including her human rights activist late grandmother, stylist late mother and art collector father. Paz lives in Koreatown and loves discovering the cultural wonders of LA. Contact Paz at 323.803.4944 email@example.com pazarts.com
ACT/ART is a nonprofit providing a forum for artists and the public to engage in acts of creative expression–acts of art–that generate awareness, provoke dialogue, change perception and evoke positive change around important social and public policy issues. actart.org
The I AM THE MANY Poster Design Competition on criminal justice reform was created as part of ACT/ART’s strategic partnership with the White House. Inspired by the 1968 civil rights I AM THE MAN campaign, that aims to assert the same tenants: universal right to justice, humanity and freedom. Half a century later, the cry for respect and dignity continues to strike a chord in a nation still struggling with inequality and institutionalized bias. President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal penitentiary and has made criminal justice reform a priority. iamthemany.com