Art of the City Wall: “Mixed Message” Exhibit to Benefit Five Acres

“The Art of the City Wall: Mixed Message” Exhibit Opens in Old Pasadena January 21, 2016



PASADENA – January 7, 2016 – On Thursday, January 21 the Curatorial Assistance Gallery in Old Pasadena will open, “The Art of the City Wall: Mixed Message,”  the gallery’s photography exhibit featuring the work of photographer and longtime local resident, Bill Wishner. Using photography as a means to illustrate the aesthetics of the urban wall. The exhibit consists of more than twenty prints ranging in sizes 20 x 30 to nearly 40 x 80 and highlights the diversity of the urban environment in various cities around the globe.

The photograph attached entitled, “Rodeo” was shot by Bill in New York City in 2014 and captures the evocative, colorful, and mysterious of urban wall art.

“Photographs in the exhibit are silent witness to social engagement and cultural messaging at multiple levels in our urban societies,” says Bill Wishner. “Each picture is as it was in real life. The reality of how, why and when each component was added to the wall is not known for sure. They are, collectively created in the aesthetic of democratic artistic expression.”

The exhibit is on view from January 21 to March 6, 2016 at Curatorial Assistance Gallery in the heart of Pasadena. “The Art of the City Wall” is curated by Bill Wishner and (gallery director, Sam Mellon.

The exhibition will have photographs for sale with a portion of proceeds benefitting Altadena-based child and family services organization Five Acres. Founded in 1888, Five Acres began as an orphanage serving 40 boys. Today, the organization supports more than 8,500 children and families across five counties in southern California and offers residential care, community-based programs, foster care and adoptions and a therapeutic school for children and youth with special needs. More information at

Curatorial Assistance has been providing expert art services since 1987 and has worked with thousands of art professionals and notable photography studios, worldwide.

The gallery is located at 115 East Union Street, Pasadena 91103 (*please note: the gallery is not wheelchair accessible.)

“The Art of the City Wall” officially opens to the public on January 21 to March 6 and will include an opening reception the evening of January 28, 6-9PM along with An Artist Talk with Bill Wishner will be scheduled before the exhibit closes in early March.


About Bill Wishner:

Bill began his career in photography more than twenty years ago as a photographer focusing on jazz. His jazz photographs have been featured in multiple exhibits and he was co-editor on the 40th Anniversary book for the Monterey Jazz Festival entitled, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years (Angel City Press, 1997.) More recently Bill has turned his creative lens on the urban environment, featuring photographs from cities he has traveled to around the world. A local Pasadena resident, Bill currently serves on the board of Five Acres and helps teach medical ethics as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Keck USC School of Medicine. Bill enjoys prose poetry and has published two volumes of prose poems called “Things That Happen When You Travel.”  Learn more about Bill’s career and his creative process at