Artists Supporting Art!
Opening Reception: Thursday March 5th 6:00-11:00pm
Events running daily March 5th-15th: Seminars, screenings, and workshops, 6-9 weeknights and 10-4 weekends!
From March 5th to March 15th, the donated art of local contemporary artists will be on sale to raise funds for the Tibetan Artists’ Development Society – an art school in historic Labrang dedicated to preserving the knowledge and traditions of thangka painting as a contemporary art form.
Believing that art is a fire that keeps cultures alive and bright, “10×10 Over Ten” features the donated works of local professional, emerging, and amateur artists – artists supporting art. To support the school and help preserve an important artistic heritage, many of the contributing artists have produced new pieces especially for the fundraising exhibit. Most of the pieces will measure 10”x10” and be priced at a minimum suggested donation of $100.*
Alongside the 10×10 show, “Painted Prayer: The Sacred Art of Thangka” features traditional thagnka paintings and contemporary paintings from the school to offer local audiences insight into this distinctive spiritual and cultural art form and distinctive culture. Over the course of the exhibition, seminars, screenings, and workshops will explore themes of cultural conservation, the iconometry of thangka painting, contemporary Tibetan art, meditation, and dharma in modern-day life. While both contemporary art and modern thangka painting draw on rich artistic legacies, new thangkas evolve as contemporary artistic expressions that are firmly anchored in the detailed forms, techniques, and processes of the past.
Capturing and disseminating elder knowledge through learning and exchange is crucial if we are to preserve a beautiful and sacred art form that holds great cultural and religious significance to Tibetans and Buddhists worldwide. As representations of the enlightened potential inherent in all sentient beings, thangkas are objects of devotion, aids to philosophical and spiritual practice, and bringers of blessings.
The Tibetan Artists’ Development Society is part of this conservation effort. Its mission is to preserve the ethics and tradition of inherited learning that lies at the heart of Tibetan Buddhist thangka painting and support the continued development of this vibrant cultural and artistic legacy as a contemporary art form for future generations.
*Donations to support the art school’s capital, operating, and scholarship needs will also be gratefully accepted over the course of the exhibit and beyond. will be on sale to raise funds for the Tibetan Artists’ Development Society – an art school in historic Labrang (China) that is dedicated to preserving the knowledge and traditions of Tibetan thangka painting as a contemporary art form.