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April 11, A Universal Human Urge to Connect Through Mark-making

Craig Kraft, Neon Artist and Smithsonian instructor, is a nationally known neon artist, whose works include Lightweb in Silver Spring and Falling Man in NYC (CraigKraftStudio.com). Says Craig, “Neon is primarily a contemporary marking tool used for messaging, sculpture statements, and architectural lighting”, but for the past seven years, he has traveled to 27 ancient caves on three continents to view firsthand the earliest marks made by Homo Sapiens up to 40,000 years ago. He then captured, in light, the forms of these ancient marks juxtaposed with contemporary symbols. Craig says, “With neon light, it’s not just about the glow; it’s what the glow means!”

Moderator: Dale Hill.