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Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project

THE CANVAS COOLER PROJECT: EMERGING PHILADELPHIA ARTISTS COME TOGETHER TO CREATE CUSTOM ART WORK AS PART OF THE RED BULL CURATES: THE CANVAS COOLER PROJECT

Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project is coming to Philadelphia for the first time ever, tasking 20 talented, emerging local artists to transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspiration art in their own style. The 20 up-and-coming local artists are handpicked and curated by the Arts Fund and include notorious prankster street artist Kid Hazo, popular instagram sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore and local arts activist and portrait artist Caryn Kunkle.

The artists will work on transforming the coolers into works of art on Sunday, September 21st and Monday, September 22nd from 12pm to 4pm (open for media documentation), and reveal their finished product to the public on Thursday, September 25th at a one-night-only gallery exhibit and celebration at the Arch Enemy Arts. During the gallery event, two artists will be chosen by the public and a panel of judges to have the opportunity to sell and display their art this December during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair in Miami Beach in December.

WHAT: Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project is coming to Philadelphia where it’ll task 20 talented, emerging local artists to one single challenge: to transform a blank, canvas-wrapped Red Bull cooler into a piece of inspirational art in their own style.

Handpicked and curated by Arts Funds, the 20 up-and-coming artists from the Philly area – including street artist Kid Hazo, painter/sketcher Dessie Jackson, neo-pop painter Thomas Buildmore, portrait artist Caryn Kunkle, and more – will work on customizing their coolers on Sunday, September 21 and Monday, September 22 in a two-day open studio workshop where media can attend and witness the evolving pieces of work.

On Thursday, September 25, all of the coolers will be unveiled to the public in a one-night-only gallery exhibit and celebration where guests and a panel of  judges vote for their favorite pieces.  Two selected artists will be given the opportunity to show and sell their art during Art Basel Week at Scope Art Fair taking place on Miami Beach in December.  All the coolers will be given to select local Philadelphia bars and restaurants to display.

WHO: Twenty emerging Philadelphia-area artists from various disciplines. The full list can be seen at http://redbull.com/canvascooler

WHEN: Sunday, September 21 & Monday, September 22, 12 PM to 4 PM – Artists work on their coolers, and media are invited to interview artists and document their works in progress. Thursday, September 25, 8 PM – 11 PM – Gallery exhibit opening

WHERE:Arch Enemy Arts 109-111 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

ADMISSION: Free, 21+, RSVP at http://redbull.com/canvascooler

SOCIAL: @RedBullPhilly / #CanvasCooler

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