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The Purpose of Art and the Artist in Society
with Leo Fuchs

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
Event tags: Lecture, Arts, Free, Palm Springs, Education, Aesthetics


Leo Fuchs

Professional Artist, Art Educator and Lecturer

Speaking on

“The Purpose of Art and the Artist in Society”

Desert Art Center Auditorium

550 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 4:30pm

Free of Charge, Public Invited, Refreshments Following


“The Purpose of Art and the Artist in Society”

This lecture will concern itself with the issues of the purpose of art, meaning, what is the proper role of art in the culture? The question thus becomes art in the service of what? Through an exploration of historical developments in the arts, and referencing to some germinal writers on the subject, we will identify and explain what the proper function of art has been in the context of all human cultures, and what it can and must be in our own times if we are to continue to have a vibrant art and culture. As goes the culture so goes the society, Art must lead the society, not mirror it.

For the second element of the discussion, the function of the artist in society, we will address the

issues of how and what the artist must do to create an art that serves the proper functions of art. These ideas will be discussed through a consideration of; aesthetics, beauty, radiance, and artistic vision. Defining the role of the artist by certain criteria may seem contrary to the concept of creative freedom, but the deeper aspects of these ideas will reveal that an infinite universe of creative possibilities will open to the artist and bring forth a vitality of expression that has only been glimpsed during the great epic historical periods of art. When artists have a direct purpose in their work, they are inspired beyond possibilities as yet considered.

These ideas far from being new are a historical continuum of the underlying knowledge that has moved

and inspired all the great artists throughout history. As we rediscover the content, meaning, and allegory

of great art we can bring forth the kind of creative energy that fueled the renaissance.

Leo Fuchs Biography

Leo Fuchs is a professional artist, art educator, and lecturer; he has been an influential force in the realm of culture and has published many articles on art education, creative development, and the importance of art, culture, and the artist in society. Leo Fuchs is currently director of arts education for SELMA (SUPPORT and EDUCATION for LOCAL MUSIC and ART) a philanthropic organization headquartered in Palm Desert and serving the entire Coachella Valley.

As a professional artist Leo Fuchs has exhibited work widely throughout California, the western US as well as exhibits in China. Some recent shows were entitled “Mythology for a Scientific Age”, “Beyond Fear and Desire” and most recently “Of Silence”. The works are abstract paintings that are not intended to be personal but rather universal in that they unite the collective human experience. Here is what one reviewer had to say: “No other artist of our time has so successfully addressed the challenges of creating the new art for a new world culture in the twenty first century.”

As an educator Leo Fuchs has taught art and design at many schools and colleges throughout southern California. In addition to teaching he has given many lectures on the “true meaning of art” and “The roll of art and culture in society.” In addition to his lectures Leo Fuchs has written and published numerous articles about art and art education with such titles as; “Critical thinking and creativity,” Multidimensional intelligence and new school education, and “Bored minds, brighter brains and creative education.“ to mention a few. Leo Fuchs is also highly regarded for his outstanding quality as an art instructor. Over his career he has taught and written the curriculum for a multitude of courses in art and design, he has created special “creative development” programs for children, as well as curricula for high school and colleges. Students have said that Leo Fuchs “Is a outstanding Art Teacher who motivates students, captures their interest and delivers instruction and knowledge in a way that brings complete clarity and

understanding to the subject matter.”

Palm Springs & Coachella Valley