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Artistic Living in a Practical World

Kyriaki Chonacas | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Kyriaki Chonacas

Manage your own life, design your own schedule, do not wait around to be creative. We get into that thing where we might just be waiting for the phone to ring. Constantly show up and get creative no matter what on your life's journey. Don't waste your time in this life create your own vision.

Final Days for John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art John Singer Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends is in its final days, ending October 4th. I was fortunate to be invited to give two talks during the exhibit examining Sargent's work from an artist perspective.

Conversation With Court Sketch Artist Janet Hamlin

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

I met Janet Hamlin while freelancing on a TV show earlier this year. We both work as scenic artists and when I learned she is also a court sketch arti...

Meet Damir Imamovic: The King Of Sevdah Music

Kosta Petrov | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
Kosta Petrov

When one thinks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the gruesome war that ended in December 1995. But, twenty years later, one man is about to change that. How? Through love songs and magical music.

Artist Interview: Enoc Perez

Madelaine D'Angelo | Posted 09.23.2015 | Arts
Madelaine D'Angelo

Enoc Perez is exhibiting his collection, One World Trade Center, at the Peter Blum Gallery in New York City. In this interview, Perez shares with Arthena a little about New York, the art world and his development in it.

The Transporter Refueled Actress, Loan Chabanol, Opens Her First Solo Art Exhibit in New York

Erica Simone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Erica Simone

Photograph by Erica Simone If you love the big screen and/or are a savvy art collector, you will definitely want to pay attention to rising Hollywoo...

xST Captures Vanishing Black Neighborhoods [PHOTOS] | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices

xST's muse of the moment is photographed against a colorful wall--random words and phrases, or simply unique spaces with hopes of refueling the Black existence currently fighting to stay alive.

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.

How to Reignite Your Personal Power and Branding

Ellevate | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women

Have you thought about reinventing yourself and about reigniting your personal branding? If so, what are the challenges that keep you from acting upon your dreams? How can you break through and achieve success?

Mainland's Pop 'n Rock Serves Up the Best of Both Coasts

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 09.04.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

I recently had the opportunity to chat with the wonderfully charismatic singer and guitarist of Mainland, Jordan Topf. Read on as we talk "Outcast," satanic vans, and how a bit of misfortune for Macaulay Culkin came to be a life-changing opportunity for Mainland.

No Pity Party Here -- Melanie Martinez's Cry Baby Hits #1 on the Alternative Albums Chart

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Melanie Martinez released her debut album, Cry Baby, on August 14th, and it's already topping the charts. With the #1 spot on the Alternative Albums Chart and #4 on the iTunes albums chart, no tears shall be shed anytime soon!

Besides the Sales Pitch, Artists Should Offer Care Instructions

Daniel Grant | Posted 08.21.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Too often, artists shy away from questions of care, because they themselves may not know much about the materials they are using and how their pieces weather over time and because they worry that such talk might cause prospective buyers to back out of a purchase.

From Athlete to Artist: Athletes for Art Renaissance Tour

Kelsey Minor | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Kelsey Minor

It was there that I also spoke to three of the artists about their professional life in the high-stakes game known as the art world. These athletes aren't your basement-starving artists. It's been their life mission to work hard on the field or court, and now in their art.

The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Where are the neighbors? Where are the schools and community organizations? Who reaches out to see what the problem is? Does anyone see this child/youth desperately in need of help and hope? Who listens or offers a helping hand amidst the violence and despair they face daily?

Ask the Art Professor: How do Artists Handle Commissions?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.11.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Artists are usually excited to get a commission, but most are not prepared for how dicey commissions can be.

An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has a sensational survey closing soon: a major retrospective of the Japanese émigré painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Highly Suspect's Johnny Stevens Bares All (and Gives Zero F*cks)

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Don't be mistaken -- Highly Suspect is definitely not your average "boy band." So exactly what is it about this trio that makes them so special? Well, aside from their striking good looks... just about everything.

Making Irrational Rational

Nelson Saiers | Posted 07.28.2015 | Arts
Nelson Saiers

On this Rational Pi Day, consider some of our irrational societal behaviors. Begin to take the first steps towards quelling those and taking more rational approaches to the issues that will impact us all.

An Artist's Perspective on Inspiration and Making Art

Anna Agoston | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
Anna Agoston

My art is of my soul. It is a fabrication of my internal machine, an organic engine powered by my conscious and unconscious minds. It is, however, more visceral than intellectual.

After 4 Years, China Returns Passport To Ai Weiwei

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts

BEIJING (AP) — Ai Weiwei announced on Instagram that he got his passport back Wednesday, four years after it was confiscated by Chines...

Kenyan Artist Makes Unique Eyewear Out Of Recycled Electronics

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Style

An old computer doesn't necessarily inspire most people to get crafty.  Cyrus Kabiru, a visual artist, is not like most people.  T...

Scale the Summit -- The Odyssey Begins

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Kruczyk

Scale the Summit, an American instrumental and progressive rock band based out of Houston, isn't your average cup o' joe.

The Fiction Landscapes

j.frede | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

The Fiction Landscapes are a continuation in my interest in memories, both secure and lost within objects, which I first addressed with my Heirlooms...

The 5 Things I Learned in my 20's

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts
Corey Ferrugia

If I were being honest, there was a lot of sacrifice, struggle, and discipline that went into getting to and maintaining that sort of state of being... a lot.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Valissa Yoe, DJ and Stylist

Ian Spanier | Posted 06.11.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Yoe wears many (very fashionable) hats: She's a successful stylist for magazines, advertisers and television, a host on and one of New ...