The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to present Breaking the Barrier, an exhibition which features interactive artworks in a variety of mediums that engage with all five senses; sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. This exhibition promises to be unlike any other show presented at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Land of Reclamation by Shawn Skabelund features heated chili powder

Breaking the Barrier showcases work varying in scale, materials, and style that will invite visitors to engage their sense and manipulate the art in new and exciting ways. Everyone who walks through the door will essentially become part of the exhibition. The works range from a site-specific immersive room-like installation, to panels that will be built by the application of visitors’ discarded chewing gum.  Viewers will be surprised, challenged, and delighted to interact with each artwork in the exhibit.

Breaking the Barrier is approaching artwork on another level, and is something you don’t typically get to experience in Flagstaff. I feel it is important to push the boundaries of what an exhibition at the Center could be.” Travis Iurato, Artistic Director

Oversight by Allen Riley, in which viewers crawl into space, activating a camera they view live on screen

The show features local, national and international artist from New York to San Francisco, from France to Flagstaff.  Artists include: Daniel Rozin, Leo Castaneda, Allen Riley, Christian 11, Cathy Gazda, Ben Craigie, Liesa Lietzke, Deb Strong Napple, Shawn Skabelund, Frederica Hall, Cathi Borthwick & Sharon Richards, Elijah Bourque, Gregory Zushka, Robert Jackson, Yelena Roslaya, Steven White, Brice Roy, & Karina Puga.

Breaking the Barrier will be open April 11 through May 27, 2017.  The opening reception will be held Saturday April 8, 6-8pm, with live performance art by Shawn Skabelund, interactive music by Owen Davis, cash bar, and light hor d’oeuvres.

Breaking the Barrier is generously supported by:

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