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Visual Art

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

Clara Lieu | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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.

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The show operates on several different levels. In 21st century terminology, it is a mashup of history, psychology and art.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Pursue a Career in Fine Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

The prevailing piece of advice that I give to my students when they worry (which is all the time) about a career in fine arts is this: no matter what happens, don't live your life with a sense of regret.

Our Brains on Art

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Patricia Leavy, PhD

Beginning with the power of fiction, there is a growing body of scholarship on the relationship between neuroscience and literature, often referred to as literary neuroscience.

Ask the Art Professor: Should I Drop Out of Art School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"If I transfer somewhere else, can I expect that teachers will actually have something to teach? That I won't just be shown YouTube videos? Should I just drop out and educate myself through the Internet?"

Ask the Art Professor: To What Extent Do Grades Define an Academic Career in Visual Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When viewed as a challenge or barometer for progress, grades can make a positive contribution to your overall experience in art school.

The Power of Visual Media

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I achieved a new realization of the power of video this past fall when I was honored to host a public conversation at Cooper Union with Elie Wiesel and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Ask the Art Professor: What Is the Best Way to Practice My Drawing Skills?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Drawing is a highly complex beast which involves so many different elements at the various skill levels. Rather than get into all of those details, I'm going to boil it down to four fundamental directives that will help improve your drawing skills across all skill levels and media.

A Toga-Wearing Tattooist Creates an Antipodean Contemporary Art Experience

JK Russ | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
JK Russ

It is the first Friday of the New Year in the coastal town of Gisborne, New Zealand. The town has almost doubled in population with the influx of s...

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Prepare Myself for the Reality of the Future?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Devote the majority of your attention to the present. Your time in art school is incredibly precious. Relish and soak in everything around you. Rarely will you have another opportunity to work on your art, uninterrupted, for such an extended period of time.

A Look at High Art in the 21st Century: Pictures at a Museum's Shop.

Jura Margulis | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Jura Margulis

We created abundance in the civilized world and cherish the history of our culture and the culture of our history, or so we say, and that last room before the museum's shop exhibits the best we can do in and with the visual arts sector?

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Choose a Field for Graduate School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

While a school may ask you to choose a specific field, the truth is that many professional artists work fluidly in a number of fields.

The Last of the Midwest (for Now)

Daniel Asia | Posted 02.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

After my stay in the Chicago, I traveled through a large swath of the Midwest, starting with Lafayette, home of Purdue University, a place as flat as ...

Ask the Art Professor: Where Do I Start?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Think about your sketchbook as the ultimate resource for ideas and visuals; it should reflect the inner workings of your mind.

Visual Art: The Life is Beautiful Festival Legacy

JK Russ | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
JK Russ

With any new festival, there is always a question mark as to whether the event will be well run and well patronized, but the consensus seems to be that Life is Beautiful was successful on both counts.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do I Help My Daughter Reach Her Potential in Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

"My daughter is 14 and has not had any training but we think she has talent. What advice would you give for helping guide us to help her reach her potential in art?"

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Know When to Stop Working?

Clara Lieu | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

In my experience, being 100-percent happy with a work is so incredibly rare that it's not a goal that I even strive for. When I reflect upon my past works, there is always something that I'm not totally satisfied with.

Ask the Art Professor: 7 Tips for Surviving Art School

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When I was a student at art school, I was so involved with making my work day to day that I wasn't able to see the big picture and figure out how to get the most out of my experience. Now that I've been on both sides of the fence as a student and professor, I'd like to offer seven practical tips to students in art school.

Ask the Art Professor: Is Drawing an Innate Talent or a Craft?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Personally, I believe that natural talent exists. At the same time though, all of the talent in the world won't get you anywhere if you aren't willing to work hard, push your boundaries, and try new approaches.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can an Artist Overcome Their Financial Issues?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Living in a smaller city may not be as glamorous, but you're much more likely to be able to afford a studio space that you are actually putting to good use.

That's Not Art: NoseGO(es)

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Sofiya Ballin

Yis "NoseGo" Goodwin is one of Philadelphia's most talked about artists to ever grab a paint brush or a can of spray paint. Nosego's work takes an ambidextrous approach to experimenting with different styles and putting them in one piece.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Stay Motivated After School?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Learning how to motivate and pace yourself after school is a major adjustment and challenge. There are no more prompts, no more requirements, no one checking in on you. Without this framework, many recent graduates find themselves at a loss for what to do.