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Participants help create one of Charles Clough's Arena Paintings at Hilbert College on October 25, 2014. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Arena Painting: Hamburg

Saturday, October 25, 2014 
9 am–5 pm
Swan Auditorium at Hilbert College

Local artist Charles Clough led 168 participants over the course of eight hours in the creation of a publicly produced and collaboratively made painting. Under Clough’s guidance, participants had the opportunity to pour pints of paint onto a massive canvas and use Clough’s signature “Big Fingers” (industrial-sized and specially crafted paint brushes) to smear, push, and scrape pools of paint according to Clough’s trademark abstract method.

The performative experience is at the heart of this work as it changes and shifts with each person’s addition, creating a co-authored work that could never have been conceived by any one individual. The final work will be permanently installed in the newly constructed wing of the Hamburg Library, due to be completed in spring 2015.

The entire public was welcome to view the event, which was free and open to the public throughout the day in the William E. Swan Auditorium at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York.

View select photos below, or view a larger photo gallery on Facebook
View video excerpts and a time-lapse video from the project on YouTube
View a photo of the finished painting, on view at the Hamburg Public Library

About Charles Clough

Charles Clough (American, born 1951) has taught art at Columbia University and the Rhode Island School of Design and been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. His paintings are included in the collections of more than seventy museums, including those of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which holds more than twenty works by the artist. Clough currently lives in East Aurora.

The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.