Rockford artist to raffle work for The Trevor Project

• Work by artist Norm Knott addresses challenges faced by LGBT youth

Staff Report

Rockford artist Norm Knott has created a large mixed media canvas titled “Live In Pride” to be raffled with all proceeds donated to benefit The Trevor Project (

The artwork focuses on the challenges and trials encountered by LGBT youth who are subjected to emotional and physical abuse, and bullying. The result of which, unfortunately in some cases, leads to suicide and murder.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT and questioning youth.

Abused as a child, and knowing the effects of bullying, Knott supports the important services provided to today’s youth by The Trevor Project.

More than a year in the making, the work was first shown while still in progress at last year’s Rockford Pride celebration. At that time, the public was invited to simply sign or express sentiments on the canvas regarding this ongoing dilemma. And the diverse community of the Rockford area stepped forward and signed by the hundreds.

Knott is a multiple award-winning artist with works in public, private and museum collections across the United States. He was the recipient of the 2010 Rockford Area Arts Council Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Star Educator.

The work is on display at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., through Friday, May 31.

This large canvas, measuring 4 feet by 5 feet, is no less than stunning, and valued at $6,000.

Raffle tickets are available at the Rockford Area Arts Council, (815) 963-6765; Womanspace, 3333 Maria Linden Road, Rockford, (815) 877-0118; and The Brick Café, 615 S. State St., Belvidere, (815) 547-7586, through Friday, May 31.

Tickets will also be on sale all day Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Rockford Pride celebration at Vasa Park, 6616 42nd St., Rockford, with the winner announced Sunday afternoon, June 3. Tickets are limited to 1,000 and priced at $5 each or six for $25.

The work was made possible by grants from the Rockford Area Arts Council, Womanspace, and donations by Jim and Trish Black and Scott Saporiti of Adams Letter Service.

From the May 29-June 4, 2013, issue

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