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Visual Art

Can Movies Make You Smarter?

Quora | Posted 11.18.2015 | Arts

Books and movies are both learning vehicles that use visual and audial devices to communicate information, but movies are direct and intense, with books providing a more detached learning cocoon.

When Image Is Everything, Brands Need Timely, Authentic Creative

Communications Week | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Communications Week

Brands need to keep pace if they want to be part of these consumers' lives. Yet the opportunities to appear in a feed are fleeting, often so short that brands must make an immediate impact or else go ignored. To fully take advantage of this new paradigm, brands must embrace a combination of authenticity, emotion, and experimentation.

Falls Kicks Off With an Incredible Visual Arts Lineup

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.15.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Fall is always culturally rich in Chicago. However, beginning September 14, the city comes alive with an unprecedented lineup of nationally interesting exhibits and performances centered around the visual arts.

This Brazilian Street Artist Is Using Art to Inspire São Paulo

Stephen Grant | Posted 08.28.2015 | Arts
Stephen Grant

Chances are you have passed by one of Eduardo Kobra's street art murals. His kaleidoscope style images have transformed city walls and sidewalks across the globe into colorful sights that pay homage to some of the world's most influential figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Dalai Lama.

Conceiving "Garbage Safari" for Philly's FringeArts

Christine Stoddard | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

Literally painting over the past can be uplifting and it is a beautifully gratifying way to recycle materials.

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.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Balance Planning and Spontaneity in My Artwork?

Clara Lieu | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The key is to strike a balance so that planning and spontaneity are mutually supportive. You can maximize the benefits of both by organizing your time and fostering work habits that will allow these two approaches to complement each other.

Ask The Art Professor: How Do You Price Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.11.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Pricing art is always tricky, especially for new artists who don't have a track record. Once you have had the chance to sell your work in a number of contrasting venues, you'll develop a stronger awareness of what's appropriate.

Why Black History Still Hasn't Paved the Way for Black Transgender People

Leon Cato | Posted 05.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Leon Cato

Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Begin to Think Conceptually as a Visual Artist?

Clara Lieu | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Eventually, I had to accept the fact that there were always going to be people who had stronger painting skills. The only way I was ever going to distinguish myself was through my ideas. This realization provided the motivation I needed to start generating my own content.

Could Your Fitbit Steps Be Art?

Kerri Allen | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Kerri Allen

In the Kennedy era, the concept of "wearable technology" that would capture your every motion and wink of sleep was the stuff of science fiction. But for conceptual artist On Kawara (1933-2014), logging everyday minutiae became his life's work and legacy.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Learn to Draw From My Imagination?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

To successfully draw from your imagination, you have to be skilled in drawing from direct observation. I am appalled that so few art students draw from life nowadays.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Study to Become a Professional Artist on My Own?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

At an individual level, there are a number of initiatives you can take to begin to train yourself. Most importantly, you have to invest many hours of daily practice over a period of several years.

Ask The Art Professor: Can A Math Teacher Become An Art Teacher?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.11.2015 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Initiate your career change by building your own history as a working artist. Collect your own tricks of the trade, and share those experiences with your students. Inhabiting both roles as artist and teacher will enrich your art students beyond measure.

Lights Go on Part XXXVII: Waltz of the Flowers

Thomas Bähler | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

I stopped by my favorite flower shop on the Upper East Side the other day. I wanted to bring flowers to a consultant who has served me well for the ...

Visual Art Is Vibrant at Life Is Beautiful Festival 2014

JK Russ | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
JK Russ

"Love is Power. Power is Life. Life is Beautiful." The words are scrawled in red, encircling a cut out of a large, purple cactus flower. Pasted to the wall, the flower is surrounded by hundreds of other natural desert elements, with hand-written messages.

Part and Parcel: Danielle Krysa

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Krysa is an accomplished selector of detail, in both her own artwork and her efforts to champion other artists. Her joy in making and sharing art is evident in Collage -- the pieces in this book are playful, inventive, and utterly inspiring.

A Conversation With Derrick Adams

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

In September, "Derrick Adams: Live and in Color," opened at the Tilton Gallery in Manhattan. I sat down with Adams in Brooklyn, to talk about his work and career trajectory.

Art Versus Tech in San Francisco

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 11.16.2014 | San Francisco
Stephen Tanenbaum

Art and tech are not in competition with each other. The art market stands at a momentous turning point. Thanks to e-commerce and social media, the old isolated gallery world no longer dictates an artist's success.

A Conversation With Grace Graupe-Pillard

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Her work is infused with the concerns of the outsider, the downtrodden, the marginalized and the oppressed. War, social justice and a call for an acknowledgement of the world's ills permeate her material.

Ask the Art Professor: How do I Get Started Making My Art Again?

Clara Lieu | Posted 10.14.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The most important priority at this stage for you is to simply get started with the actual hands-on process of making artwork. Getting started can actually be the most difficult part of the creative process if you haven't been working for a long period of time.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Explain to Potential Clients That Artists Need to Be Paid?

Clara Lieu | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

I get emails all the time from people asking to use images of my artwork for free. At the beginning of my career, I figured these requests were an opportunity for me to get exposure. The problem is that once you grant permission for someone to use your artwork, you basically lose all control over how your artwork will be used.

Ask the Art Professor: Is the Internet Necessary to be a Successful Artist?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.12.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Think about it this way: if you don't use the Internet to promote your art, what would you use? Print media?

Ask the Art Professor: What Can a Painting Student Do to Be Relevant in a Digital World?

Clara Lieu | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The digital world we live in has created a common misconception that incorporating digital media into your artwork is imperative to be relevant as an artist today. Actually, there are many contemporary artists out there working in traditional, hands-on processes who are very successful.

Las Vegas Takes Center Stage In Large-scale Art Project MAS Vegas

JK Russ | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
JK Russ

In geographical art-centric terms, this sculpture could represent the cultural hub of Los Angeles at the center, with Las Vegas and other surrounding cities caught in its gravitational pull.