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Stop Tom Otterness Project at the Memorial Art Gallery
  • Petitioned Majorie Searl

This petition was delivered to:

Majorie Searl
Theresa Mazzullo
Director of Memorial Art Gallery
Grant Holcomb

Stop Tom Otterness Project at the Memorial Art Gallery

    1. Michelle Brownstein
    2. Petition by

      Michelle Brownstein

      Henrietta, NY

Our Memorial Art Gallery has commissioned a piece of sculpture by a man named Tom Otterness.  Mr. Otterness is notorious for "adopting" a dog from an animal shelter, chaining it to a fence, shooting it, then filming it's agonizing death for "art's sake"
Mr. Otterenss; criminal actions were recently uncovered by journalist Gary Indiana.  In 2008 Mr. Otterness issued what he calls a public apology.

Ultimately he lost a commission in San Francisco(they were unaware of his past activities).

Sadly, my hometown knew of his past and hired him anyways.

Since the petition activated on October 2,  we accumulated over  2200 names.

Many local, regional, but the petition has gained national and global interest.

If MAG goes ahead with this sculpture our fear is more loss of funding to the arts because of this appalling lack of judgement for a major commisssion.

Related news items


Petition site https://www.change.org/petitions/bring-animal-murderer-to-justice

Facebook site  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochesterians-Against-Tom-Otterness/172876442795619

Thanks for your time

Michelle Brownstein DVM


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Petition has reopened

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      Please pass this on to continue gathering more support

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Almost 2200 People Cannot be Wrong!!

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition continues to grow as does our list of supporters. We simply want the Memorial Art gallery to oust Tom Otterness( a man who callously murdered a dog for an art project) and his sculpture from the new Centennial Park.
      Join us on Facebook

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures
    6. Presentation of Petition to Memorial Art Gallery Officials

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      The next step in our operation is going to be formally presenting our petition to the Memorial Art Gallery officials. This will serve as a formal presentation to guarantee the known existence of this very petition. We are calling all of YOU to get involved and accompany various members in this meeting. This will be announced on the petition as well. Over 1,700 names cannot be wrong. Keep your eyes peeled, dates will be announced very soon.

      If you want a more detailed following of this event help support the facebook page as well.

    7. Local Newspaper Blog supports Tom Otterness

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      Please try to comment on this

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Over 1000 names and climbing

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      Let's keep this going folks!!!!

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. Vigil Held to Protest Tom Otterness Sculpture in Rochester NY

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      We are making an impact people!!!!

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. San Francisco reconsidering Tom Otterness work

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      San Francisco is reviewing the public outrage against Tom Otterness work for their city.

    14. Reached 25 signatures
    15. Latest Local News on Tom Otterness

      Michelle Brownstein
      Petition Organizer

      A recent news article from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle


    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Berrington PAW PAW, MI
      • 10 months ago


    • Betty Parks MINDEN, LA
      • 10 months ago

      How is killing a dog art? Stop the killing of innocent animals!

    • Robin Ambrose CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • 10 months ago

      Lets chain him to a fence and do what he wants to do to an animal to him and see how he enjoys it. Torture is NOT art. Can't believe there are morons out there that enjoy watching any type of animal be tortured for fun. They are all a piece of ShXX!

      • 10 months ago


    • Lena Johansson GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN
      • 10 months ago

      I cant hardly belive my eyes! He is evil himself! Poor dogs, I just wanna cry. He must be stopped and put in jail!


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