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Millie Brown's EXPO CHICAGO Artistic Takeover

Brandon Patterson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Chicago
Brandon Patterson

Millie Brown is a British performance artist, who began her career at the age of seventeen. Constantly praised as one of the new YBA's (Youth British Artists), Brown is an artist who explores the synergy and separation of mind, body, and spirit. While she is mostly recognized for her artistic collaborative projects with global icons like Lady Gaga, Millie is committed to expanding her work and continuing to shed light on the natural beauty of the world.

To Succeed in Business, Major in Art History

Stephanie Storey | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
Stephanie Storey

I hear it all the time from high school and college students: to succeed, you must major in science, technology, engineering, or business. Any other degree is waste of time. And an art history degree?! Completely useless. Let me set the record straight: that thinking is false and becoming more false every day.

Creative Work: Teaching and Learning

Katherine Meeks | Posted 04.27.2016 | Education
Katherine Meeks

Optimism. Grit. Perseverance. Mindset. Volumes of educational rhetoric revolve around these ideas. Sure, I intentionally spend time teaching my visual...

Frida Kahlo, A Global Fashion Icon

HuffPost Spain | Sara Elkamel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts

There are many Frida Kahlos. There is the popular Frida, hailed in Mexico as a national icon. Then there is Frida the artist, Frida the feminist, Frid...

Follow the Protagonist: Trans Woman and Visual Artist J. Jackie Baier on Committed Collaborations

Eliza Steinbock | Posted 03.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliza Steinbock

Jackie says, "Follow the protagonist, always." That is her method. This is not portraiture that rehabilitates the outsider, conferring dignity. Her practice explores the possibilities for capturing individuation on the brink of dissolve.

An Oscar Nominee Explores Art and Ability in Chau, beyond the Lines

Siena Koncsol | Posted 02.26.2016 | Entertainment
Siena Koncsol

I recently had the pleasure of talking with my fellow high school alum and good friend Courtney Marsh, who is nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Documentary Short Film.

7 Mistakes That Are Keeping Starving Artists From Thriving

Catherine Orer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Arts
Catherine Orer

If you are anything like me, then you are more than tired of hearing about the "starving artist" myth. If there's something I don't believe in, it's the notion that artists can't succeed in business.

'The Maryland Mammal Menagerie' in Towson, Maryland

Christine Stoddard | Posted 12.28.2015 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

In the bustling Baltimore-Washington area, nature possesses a seemingly magic quality, rendering it hyper-real. The paradox is that nature, though natural, feels unnatural. Seen as rare and mysterious, wild animals take on a mythological quality in the minds of urban, suburban dwellers.

Ashley to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Will Holder and Alex Waterman, Public Reading of Dust

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.14.2015 | Arts
Bess Rowen

In a building in midtown, only one floor above the aural din that characterizes every New Yorker's existence, the white walls and clean lines of the EFA Project Space (The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts) create an aesthetically pleasing sanctuary for some avant-garde opera.

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 10.26.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.