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RoCo 6×6 to feature painting pig artwork

A 1,000-pound painting pig from South Africa will have artwork in Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s annual 6×6 exhibit.

Pigcasso was saved from a slaughterhouse as a four-week-old piglet by the Farm Sanctuary SA near Cape Town. The sow’s love of painting was discovered early on, and her painting endeavors have brought her fame and fortune, including a limited edition design deal with the Swiss watch manufacturer, Swatch.

Pigcasso sells her pieces online and through a gallery at the sanctuary and her art typically fetches between $500 and $4,000. The funds benefit the sanctuary, which serves to instill an awakened connection between farm animals and visitors, and aims to inspire a positive change in the way society views and treats farm animals.

RoCo is seeking 6×6 artwork for its annual event, and is extending a new community challenge to be a part of #roco6x6global. Individuals are being asked to challenge friends and family who live abroad to make one 6×6 artwork and tag their peers or repost the image to their favorite social media with the #roco6x6global hashtag.

RoCo and the Rochester literary community, including Writers & Books and BOA Editions, are encouraging self-proclaimed “non-artists” to enter an artwork inspire by or quoted from their favorite book, poem or play.

“Writers & Books has always been proud to partner with RoCo through community engagement,” Writers & Books interim executive director Joe Flaherty said in a news release. “6×6 gives lovers of literature the opportunity to combine words with art and create something unique.”

Artworks are due at RoCo by April 14 and will be for sale to the public for $20 each from June 1 through July 17. Proceeds benefit RoCo.

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