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Ron Bechet
Why! (Is It Easier to Get a Gun than an Education, A Gun Instead of Help?)

2014

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medium: map, gun parts, paint on wood panel Ron Bechet is a Professor of Art in the Department of Art at Xavier University of Louisiana. Mr. Bechet had served as chair of the department for nine years. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He has been teaching for 20 years at the college level. He holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans, and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Yale School of Art, Yale University. He has served on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and served as a member of New Orleans Arts Council percent for art committee Public Art Commission Program, NOCCA Institute Board and many other commissions and boards. He has served as the first director of Xavier Art Department’s Community Arts Partnership Program and served in many arts and youth programs in the New Orleans area both as an advisor and a practitioner. He was also the recipient of the Mayor’s Arts award in 2006 and nominated this year for the Joan Mitchel Artist and sculptor’s fellowship. statement "One of the first things a mother of a murder victim cries is “Why!” This piece was made to bring those mothers’ cries to our ears. The names are of those who were murdered in the New Orleans area from January 1, 2014 through September 17, 2014. This is a cry for us all to hear, that guns are a problem, but the greater problem is our inability to understand our humanity, live out our values and understand that we are only as strong as our weakest. To solve the problem of violence is to have everyone play a role in helping all understand their value and responsibility as part of our community and neighborhoods."
  • Creator:
    Ron Bechet (1956, American)
  • Creation Year:
    2014
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 28 in (71.12 cm)Width: 38 in (96.52 cm)Depth: 5 in (12.7 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU10521234643
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