Colorado State University - Pueblo kicks off speaker series with performance artist Aug. 28

Colorado State University - Pueblo kicks off speaker series with performance artist Aug. 28

PUEBLO – The 2013-2014 Distinguished Speakers Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo will kick off August 28 with a performance by artist David Garibaldi, who rose to fame as a finalist on the seventh season of the NBC talent show, America’s Got Talent.

Garibaldi will present Rhythm & Hue at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28 in Hoag Recital Hall. Admission is free to CSU-Pueblo students, who pay for the series through student fees. Due to budget restrictions, tickets now will be required for all performances with the exception of Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon and Muslim author Asma Hasan. Tickets for the Garibaldi event are $8 and can be purchased by calling 719-549-2687 or at the door.

The Distinguished Speakers Series features eminent national or international speakers who contribute to current thought in social or political activities, in the arts and sciences, or other realm of contemporary significance by individuals who have distinguished themselves in their fields.  The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, the Student Fee Governing Board, the Associated Students’ Government, and the Diversity Resource Center. Other dates this fall include: Representative Gabrielle Gifford’s intern Daniel Hernandez, Sept. 25; American Muslim Expert Asma Hasan, Nov. 5, and Medal of Honor recipient Roger Donlon, Dec. 4.

David GaribaldAmerican performance painter David Garibaldi placed fourth in season seven of America’s Got Talent. His specialty is his "Rhythm and Hue" stage act in which he rapidly creates paintings of notable rock musicians. The performances he unwittingly practiced as a graffiti rebel in his garage is now on a public stage as Garibaldi creates images through his body movement and brushes while communicating via music to an amazed audience. In a few short years, and at 29 years old, Garibaldi has raised more than $1 million for nonprofits and charities across the country through his art.  He works closely with charities such as Special Olympics, Echoes of Hope, Sacramento Children’s Home and World Vision.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Sacramento, Garibaldi's early life was overshadowed by the tough environment that surrounded him. He was not immune to the lure of graffiti life, and he found a niche in urban art. In 2003, David Garibaldi began turning his illustrations on paper into paintings on canvas. Although painting was gratifying, Garibaldi wanted to take his artistry to a different level. He started painting live at urban jazz sessions, nightclubs, and hip-hop events, using music events to spark his creativity. Painting live became performance in its own right, and Garibaldi's work evolved into stage entertainment.
The buzz over "Rhythm and Hue" performances has reached celebrities, CEOs, politicians, and pro athletes. He already has compiled a lengthy list or memorable performances. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, he painted a portrait of Mick Jagger. He also has served as opening acts for Snoop Dogg and the Blue Man Group's 2008 tour in Canada and the United States. At the halftime of a Golden State Warrior basketball game in November 2007, Garibaldi painted Carlos Santana, and was unexpectedly greeted by the musicians, who later signed the creation. In 2009, he painted a portrait of Jesus  on The 700 Club and completed his first self-portrait during a benefit performance at the 11th Annual Sacramento Film and Music Festival, following the world premiere of Walking Dreams, a documentary about his work directed by Chad Ross.

Garibaldi has been featured on various networks such as MTV, NBC, PBS, in addition to coverage in worldwide publications. His recent studio pieces have fared equally well, including a series appropriately named Rhythm, Color, Culture, Energy.

He is an innovator in this century's growing genre of urban-contemporary artists who are quickly changing the face of the art world. The creativity, passion, and maturity in his style are not often seen in artists twice his age, and many are humbled by his youth. The essence of rhythm comes alive with every brushstroke, and Garibaldi's life-like, graffiti inspired scenes have exhilarated a new generation of art buyers while imbuing countless thousands of admirers with the tones and textures of music-fueled urban nights.

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Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.