Lin Evola

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Artist Lin Evola (b. March 27, 1950) is an internationally acclaimed American Contemporary Artist who has used her career as a platform to bring attention to the disturbing proliferation of violence which occurs in our neighborhoods and among nations. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute and has had solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in London, Paris, Monaco, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Art historians have declared her work to be on the level of Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg, and she is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including having been declared Artist Life Member of New York City’s National Arts Club.

In 1992, Evola’s decision to utilize her artistic skills to galvanize the public to take action against needless violence was actualized when she discovered that 1,000 children were being killed each year through the use of illicit guns in the Los Angeles area. It was then that she founded the Peace Angels Project. Using the “swords to ploughshares” model, Evola requests surrendered weapons from communities and countries through law enforcement and government agencies, melts the weapons down and uses the melted metals to cast sculptures which she calls Peace Angels. Simultaneous to the weapons requests, she engages the media to transmit the message that the public should consider how to balance the need for protection against the desire for peace.

As an artist promoting peace, in 2008 and 2010 Evola attended closed meetings at the United Nations in New York City at the Biennial Meeting of States, Small Arms and Light Weapons. In 2012 and 2013 she attended the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in the company of 193 international Member States where she bore witness to a global effort to address the issue of illegal arms trafficking among nations. Evola was honored to be the only artist allowed in the 2013 meetings, and in April 2013, history was made as the United Nations General Assembly voted to approve the first international Arms Trade Treaty ever to be adopted in the history of mankind.

Evola is best known for her Renaissance Peace Angel sculpture which was initially created in California in 1994. In the aftermath of the horror that took place in New York City on September 11, 2001, Evola had her thirteen-foot Renaissance Peace Angel immediately transported to Ground Zero to stand outside a 24-hour respite center and food canteen where the rescue and recovery workers who toiled at the devastated World Trade Center came for sustenance. This Peace Angel brought with it the embodiment of humanity’s yearning for peace, even in the face of unspeakable adversity, and in 2013 the Renaissance Peace Angel was accepted by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City as a permanent part of their collection.

Over decades, Evola has created Peace Angel sculptures which range in height from one to thirteen feet and which reflect specific cultural indicators of regions throughout the world. Discussions are ongoing to create thirty-two-foot Peace Angel monuments, each of which is to be made from 100,000 surrendered weapons. Two of those monuments are likely to stand in high-visibility locations in New York and California.

 


 

“In examining the history of art, Evola’s Peace Angel sculptures can be discussed in the context of artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg.”

Julia Ernst, Founding Curator, the Saatchi Collection

“The authenticity of Lin Evola’s art delivers us, gratefully, beyond the soul killing loop of postmodern irony and into the spiritual awakening 
of a new Renaissance where the artist stands on the sacred ground of myth.”

L.P. Streitfeld, Art Critic

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November 27, 2013
San Francisco Magazine

The Insider’s Guide to Out-of-the-Box Art

Lauren Murrow | Photo: Courtesy of Galleries | November 27, 2013

 

Eight more new (or newly revamped) galleries for laser-...

November 15, 2013
Rêverie Arts press release

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 15, 2013 — Rêverie Arts San Francisco is elated to announce their acceptance to exhibit at SCOPE Miami Beach 2013 from December 3rd through...

October 21, 2013
Reverie Arts press release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 21, 2013 — Reverie Arts San Francisco and Artist Lin Evola announce the release of her latest and most evolved series “1962.” This...

October 21, 2013
Huffington Post Arts & Culture

 

Artist: Lin Evola
Managing Principal, Rêverie Arts Gallery: Derek Cabaniss
Photo credit: Reagan D. Pufall

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October 12, 2013
Huffington Post Arts & Culture

Los Angeles
Cofounders: Billie Weiss and Lin Evola

The Angel of Peace Award is a highly esteemed peace award given in Los Angeles by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los...

August 31, 2013
Huffington Post Arts & Culture

The Peace Angels Project is a work of Art. At its core it is a contemporary implementation of swords to plough shares. Using art, state of the art technology and media, the Peace Angels Project...

August 8, 2013
Reverie Arts press release

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 8, 2013 — Reverie Arts San Francisco announced today its partnership with the online retail giant, Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon Art), to release a selection...

June 14, 2013
23ABC News

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A renowned artist who’s sculptures have been exhibited worldwide is using nuclear missiles and street weapons to promote change.

The ‘Peace Angels’ are created as a...

May 20, 2013
Huffington Post

San Francisco

In 1969 I came to visit a place that would become my home. My whole generation fell in love with this city by the sea. We pushed every limit, made many mistakes,...

May 14, 2013
Reverie Arts press release

Reverie Arts is presenting the Peace Angels Project this week in San Francisco, including a series of sculptures and watercolors that promote global peace and sustainable weapons reduction through...

May 11, 2013
New York Daily News

Hundreds of guns pulled from New York City streets will be melted down and crafted into a work of art that promotes peace.

The NYPD donated 946 weapons to artist Lin Evola, who will...

May 7, 2013
Reverie Arts press release

Reverie Arts San Francisco is announcing their representation of Artist Lin Evola at her preview exhibition at ArtPadSF May 16 – 19 in San Francisco, California. Through her globally recognized...

May 7, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

In the days following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, the Peace Angel sculpture served as a symbol of hope while standing outside of Nino’s restaurant on Canal Street. Nino’s became a...

April 2, 2013
Huffington Post

"This is the End, My Friend." Jim Morrison - The Doors

"And, it is only the beginning. " Lin Evola - Peace Angels Project

Today, April 2, 2013, history was made at the United Nations...

August 21, 2012
Huffington Post

The Arms Trade Treaty regards the following weapons as impacting the ebb and flow of war to peace on earth. Weapons included in the ATT are:
• Battle tanks
• Armored combat vehicles...

June 13, 2012
Huffington Post

Today, June 13, 2012, ushers in the 100 Days of Peace and a Global Call to Disarm as we build toward the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 2012.

I am an artist with a vision to...

December 30, 2011
ILFORD Blog

Photographer Morgan Miller became involved in a very interesting project this year.  He was retained to create a photograph that would depict the Renaissance Peace Angel sculpture that stood in...

December 19, 2011
The Daily Breeze

New York has its Statue of Liberty.

Will the Port of Los Angeles get a West Coast version in the form of a Peace Angel?

Transforming scrap metal that once killed and maimed into...

November 9, 2011
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While the city may be better known for sunny skies and traffic-clogged freeways, Los Angeles's underbelly is defined by its gun problem. Everyday, firearms kill about three people in Los Angeles...

December 19, 2008
Christian Science Monitor

The artist Lin Evola-Smidt lives these days in Manhattan, but she is fond of saying that her sculpting career really began 3,000 miles and a world away. This was back in the early 1990s, when Los...

September 11, 2008
United Nations Press Release

Opening Remarks By Sergio Duarte High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Honoring Artist Lin Evola

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Renaissance Peace Angel | Bronze | 13 ft | 1995 || Bronze 8 ft | Cement base 5 ft | Nuclear missile and street weapon plaqueRenaissance Peace Angel | 1 ft | 1995Mexico Peace Angel | Bronze | 3 ft | 1995Korea Peace Angel | Bronze | 3 ft | 1995Jerusalem Peace Angel | Bronze | 3 ft | 1995

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May 16, 2013 to May 19, 2013

ArtPadSF provides the opportunity for gallerists, collectors, curators, artists, critics and art lovers to experience the best of the emerging contemporary art market in an intimate and unique...

December 2, 2013 to December 8, 2013

Welcoming 100 International Exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries, SCOPE Miami Beach will also feature a wide range of curated projects, sponsor programs and Platinum VIP tours. With an...

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Biography:

 

1950 | Born in Chicago, Illinois

 

1976 | BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

 

1990 | MFA – Painting, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

 

2002 | Artist-in-Residence, Praxis Peace Institute, Sonoma, CA/Dubrovnik, Georgia

        | Artist-in-Residence, Welgespruit Fellowship Centre, Johannesburg, S.

        | Sankofa Urban Peace Artist, Los Angeles, California

 

2003 | National Arts Club, Artist Life Member

 

2004 | American Business Woman Award for Outstanding Business Woman

        | Nominee for International Peace Award

        | Artist-in-Residence, Welgespruit Fellowship Centre, Johannesburg, S.A.

 

2008 | Peacemaker Award – Council for Unity

 

2011 | Peace Award – San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

        | Certificate of Appreciation – City of Los Angeles & State of California

 

2012 | Opening Address, United Nations – 100 days of Peace, New York, NY

 

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

 

1991 | Freud’s Gallery, London, UK

 

1979 | Union Gallery, San Jose, California

 

1977 | Union Gallery, San Jose, California

 

1977 | La Mammelle Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

1975 | Robert Cummins Gallery, Los Angeles, California

 

1974 | Wordswork Gallery, San Jose, California

 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

 

2012 | China-Linzhou World Peace Exhibition, Linzhou, China

 

2007 | Westwood Gallery, New York, New York

 

2006 | Westwood Gallery, New York, New York

 

1999 | Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, California

 

1995 | Paasquale Iannetti Gallery, San Francisco, California

 

1983 | Stella Polaris Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 

1983 | Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

 

1983 | Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Los Angeles, California

 

 

 

Selected Bibliography:

 

2002 | “Hope and Healing Peaceful Parenting in an Uncertain World”, Naomo Drew

 

2002 | “Peace Seedlings”, Dr. Florence Baccus

 

1999 | “Sacred America”, Roger Housden, Simon & Schuster

 

1999 | “Performance Anthology: Source Book of California Performance Art”

          Carl E. Loeffler and Darlene Tong.

 

1998 | Streitfeld, L.P. “Review” Art Critic

 

1997 | Ernst,, Julia. “Review” Founding Curator, the Saatchi Collection

 

 

 

Selected Public Collections:

 

Monaco Palace, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Joburg Park Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa

Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Liberty National Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles County Museum, Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California

Renaissance Peace Angel, National September 11 Memorial & Museum,

World Trade Center, New York

 

 

 

Selected Private Collections:

 

Prince Albert II of Monaco, Monaco

President William Jefferson Clinton & Hilary Rodham Clinton, New York

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, New York

Her Majesty Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Jordan/Maryland

Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, South Africa

Anne Cooling, Connecticut

Marion Rockefeller-Weber, California

Barbara Weber California

Vera Pratt, Washington, D.C.

Joseph Campbell Foundation, California

Lorraine and Jerry Factor, California

Steven Soboroff, California

Michael Moore, New York

Mrs. Sharon Davis, California

Gene Roddenberry, California

Sarah Brady, Washington, D.C.

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