Breaking Communication Barriers; World Renowned Artist Inspires a Giclée Series - Stronger Than Ever
By Blake Nitko, DEAF Inc. PR Specialist
February 12, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri – Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc(DEAF Inc.) is pleased to reveal the nationwide tour of Stronger Than Ever, a commissioned giclée series detailing several aspects of the hidden and often overlooked culture – deaf culture with a strong unified message that the deaf community is Stronger Than Ever. In 2012, Rick Rush, a world renowned sports painter, was commissioned to design and conduct a collage that represented the missions of DEAF, Inc. and countless other similar deaf-based organizations.
Rick Rush admitted that this project has taken him out of his comfort zone – which are sport paintings, however, he enthusiastically tackled the challenge. Rick partnered with the DEAF Inc. leadership team and worked tirelessly with many stakeholders in the deaf and hard of hearing community. Rick utilized what he learned and experienced with the deaf community to create this masterpiece, which exhibits multiple perspectives of those within the deaf culture and their experiences. To summarize Rick’s experience, he said that the deaf and hard of hearing community today is "Stronger Than Ever" thanks to organizations like DEAF Inc. who are breaking communication barriers everyday.
To compliment the "Stronger Than Ever" giclée series, DEAF Inc. is pleased to launch a web site – www.deafinc.org/rush - consisting comprehensive interviews with Rick Rush, explaining the hidden messages behind the painting and personal experience in this project. The interview is completed with sign language interpretation, spoken language, and closed captioning so everyone can have access.
DEAF Inc. is proud to share and make this painting available to all deaf and hard of hearing communities across the nation. To this end, DEAF Inc. created five giclées of Stronger Than Ever for display at locations across the nation. The first location is at DEAF Inc. in St. Louis, MO. The second giclée has been placed at the historic Chapel Hall at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. The third giclée will be unveiled at National Institute of Technology for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY on April 30th. The fourth giclée will be displayed at Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega, AL on a to-be-announced date and, lastly, the fifth giclée to be located at to-be-announced deaf-related center in the west coast.
About DEAF Inc. – DEAF Inc. is a non-profit organization based in St. Louis, Missouri founded by deaf individuals with the mission of empowering, raising awareness, and bridging a sustainable foundation of communication and equal access for both the deaf/hard of hearing and the hearing communities. DEAF Inc. strives to provide high-quality interpreting services at the lowest prices in order to ensure communication access. The money they raise through interpreting goes towards programs designed to promote awareness of issues related to the deaf and hard of hearing communities.
About Rick Rush – World renowned painter Rick Rush got his start when his drawings of tennis players was featured in the New Yorker magazine. After the success with his artwork, Tennis: First Set, he partnered with his brother, Don, in creating Rush Galleries. Today, his pieces can be found in the Jimmy Carter Library Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in California, and many more. Rick Rush has been doing his passion for nearly forty years and was named the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of The Year in 2011.
Contact – To learn more about the "Stronger Than Ever" painting and the story behind the masterpiece, please visit http://www.deafinc.org/rush/.