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