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Art for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On Friday, September 15th, Worldview Global Impact (WGI) invited the world-renowned artists Douglas Safranek and Tatana Kellner to talk and share their perspectives on art and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


WGI was established to provide global actors with a conducive environment in which to display and demonstrate their solutions to development issues and needs to a wide cross-section of regional development stakeholders, as well as to share knowledge and information among development practitioners about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It aims to raise young people’s awareness of SDGs, forge local youth communities and networks for SDGs, incubate localized actions and solutions to SDG issues, promote global scale-up of best practices, and cultivate future leaders for sustainable development.

WGI is committed to delivering the right audience to our partners and facilitating face-to-face discussions to enable them to develop promising leads and stronger civil society engagement.

Spotlight on Art:

Visual Language and Egg Tempera

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Introduction To Artists

Tatana Kellner

Tatana Kellner is a visual artist with over 20 solo exhibitions in USA and Canada. Her practice encompasses artist’s books, printmaking, papermaking, drawing, photography and installation.  She uses these media to comment on contemporary culture. Her work is rooted in social issues. She creates installations, drawings, photographs and artist’s books that explore politics, economy, environment and social justice issues.

Tatana’s work has been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Fort Collins, Co, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, and Center for Photography at Woodstock, Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and Creative Concepts in Beacon, NY, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY and District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, among others.

In 2008 she received the Puffin Foundation Grant and in 2005 the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Tatana is also the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, two Photographer’s Fund Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock and Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant. She has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony (three times), Yaddo, Banff Centre for the Arts, Lightwork, Visual Studies Workshop, Saltonstall Art Colony, Millay Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Artpark, Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, Foundacion Valparaiso and Ragdale Foundation.

Tatana is the founding member and Artistic Director of Women’s Studio Workshop, an artists’ workspace in Rosendale, NY where she is instrumental in helping artists publish and market limited edition artists’ books. Her work encompasses printmaking, photography and installation and she is the author of 22 limited edition artists’ books.

Doug Safranek

Doug Safranek, an artist in New York, is famous for his egg tempera painting. Ever since Doug moved to NYC nearly 30 years ago, after completing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the city has been an enduring source of subject matter and inspiration for him. Most of the images on this site are executed in egg tempera, an ancient medium that was widely used for altarpieces during the late Middle Ages and which had a resurgence in a range of secular works by American artists during the first half of the 20th century. Several of the W.P.A.-era artists who contributed to this wave became his mentors later on, and much of what he has been able to accomplish is a result of their guidance and friendship.
Egg Tempera is paradoxical medium. It embodies the qualities of both fragility and permanence. The slow meditative process of layering the delicate brushstrokes which make up the surface of a tempera painting has the effect of imparting an intimate stillness to even the most active composition.

Doug and other contemporary painters have found this medium of Byzantine icons to be equally well suited to secular urban scenes. These make up a large part of his work. In his New York paintings, he has attempted to note not only the clutter and eccentricities of daily life but also that which is timeless and universal in a fast-paced environment.