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Visual Art

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

Clara Lieu | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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.

Along Came Another, presented by CFEVA

Julia Clift | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Julia Clift

The show's impact lies in each artist's work taken individually. Inman and Kim's respective visions are eloquently presented and highly developed; each offers much to unpack.

Ask the Art Professor: Advice for Young Graduates

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Most art students go through immense culture shock when they transition from art school into the "real world." Going from being intensely saturated with artistic activity and other artists to almost nothing can be incredibly depressing and difficult to deal with.

Ask the Art Professor: How Can I Get Into Art Exhibitions?

Clara Lieu | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
Clara Lieu

When I was at the very beginning of my career I had no exhibition history to speak of, so I had to start somewhere.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Socialize in the Art World?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

There is no artist out there who can build a career on their own. You have to construct a solid network that is supportive of you and have key people who are positioned to help you advance your career.

Ask the Art Professor: Six Ways to Confront Artist's Block

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

I was so certain that I wanted to do something with sculpture, but nothing seemed to be working. All I could do was glare at the plaster sculptures I had made so far with the sinking feeling that something was terribly wrong.

Clementine Crates and the Apocalypse: Jessica Straus' Sculpture

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Last week I visited sculptor Jessica Straus' studio, where she has worked for over twenty years. Her studio is a feast of objects, and it was incredible to get to see her various collections of objects, tools, machines and works that have accumulated over the years.

Ask the Art Professor: How Do You Balance a Full-Time Job, Kids and Your Own Art?

Clara Lieu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Clara Lieu

Successfully balancing a full-time job, kids and your art is all about various forms of sacrifice. This balance is a work in progress. I allocate my time and concentration so that each pursuit essentially takes turns being compromised.