Art As Social Inquiry



MostHealth Care in the United States: This is  a series of what will be100+ paintings depicting a cross-section of people in the US.  The titles of the paintings describe the kind of health insurance coverage or lack of coverage the sitters have…[more]
MostHow We die:  Update: (8/2015) The first two posts for this project involved violent deaths. The violence has stirred all kinds of new questions for me. Why do we kill? What happens to families that experience the violent death of loved ones? Are we numbing ourselves as a society because violence causes such great pain, confusion, and sadness? The research for these paintings has moved and disturbed me greatly. We must look at the violence. We must try to understand. We must change.    Thoughts that culminated into the How We Die series: I have been  [more]
MostImmigration: The goal of this painting is to create a focal point on which we can place our national discourse on the subject of undocumented workers a.k.a. illegal immigrants.[more]
MostWar: There are all kinds of war in society. The wars between nations are the most obvious example. There are “wars” among family members, and personal struggles…[more]
MostTracking Town Halls: Do Unscripted Constituent Public Gatherings Matter?:  I thought attending town hall meetings in my district would be easy. Town hall meetings are a staple of American democracy.  I never dreamed that trying to attend them would become an issue unto itself. …[more]

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Theresa BrownGold, the artist behind Art As Social Inquiry, has painted almost 200 portraits. Her work has been written about in many publications, featured on ZDF German television, WHYY public television and other outlets. She have given many talks about Art As Social Inquiry at churches, senior centers, college classrooms, and other venues. Theresa received the 2011 PA Health Access Network Georgeanne Koehler Activist of the Year Award for her painting series Healthcare in the United States. Theresa is the recipient of a 2013 Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant. To schedule a talk at your venue, please contact Theresa at  Want to know where the project has been? Check out press and recent news

Theresa takes ASI’s paintings on the road… Bits of performance art, conversation and information, this talk is the story of a former business owner who reignited a love affair with art, and was dizzied by all she felt, saw, and experienced on her way to the true meaning of compassion.  Please write for information about booking this talk.

“Such an inspiration. I was in this class today. Thanks for coming!”  Bonnie S. student, Rutgers School of Social Work

“You come well endorsed!” Cheryl O.A., Buxmont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

 2012 Five Months of “Standing” for Access To Healthcare: The portraits tell the story. Behind every medical bankruptcy, untreated chronic disease, and death due to lack of access to healthcare there is a face.  Haunted by these faces and stories, the artist squared off with her government in Washington DC, and at home in Pennsylvania using her First Amendment right of free speech and assembly.  Five months of “standing” with portraits in our nation’s Capitol changes a person. The artist shares a personal story of transformation in her latest talk  5.16.12 Capitol Rep. Schakowsky 5.23.12 Kid Support 3.28.12 ACA at SCOTUS #9 3.28.12 ACA at SCOTUS #58 3.27.12 We're a tourist attraction 2012  22Photo Journal, Vivi Francis at SCOTUS 2012-02-28 16.15.14 2012  10 Photo Journal, Vivi Francis at SCOTUS