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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.

Ask the Art Professor

Clara Lieu | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Clara Lieu

As a visual artist and professor of art, I've devoted my career to understanding what it means to live life as an artist in today's reality. I want to see and understand exactly what the emotional, physical and intellectual demands are to get to that immaculately framed drawing on the wall.

Yello Frontman Dieter Meier Talks About His Art

VernissageTV | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
VernissageTV

Most people know Dieter Meier as frontman of the Swiss electronic pop pioneers Yello. Few of their fans are aware of the many other activities and roles of this facet-rich personality.

Unity Through Music: Goapele and Atlanta's ONE MusicFest

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

I don't know where I was, or what I was doing when I first heard the song "Closer" by Goapele; but I do remember how it made me feel. The drums and the baseline encompassed with the lyrics which said to me that, "whatever it is I wanted to achieve it could happened."

The Ground Glass

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

The world resists control, and experience is fleeting and ephemeral. I think visual art must have started as a way to bring order to nature and to hold on to, share, and exchange information and experience.

Miya Bailey: The Artist's Artist

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

There are thousands of tattoo artist who are doing wonderful work . However, there are not many like Miya Bailey who possess the gifts that Bailey shares with not just the creative community, but with the world as a whole.

'Retreat' -- The Refashioned Reality of Iran do Espírito Santo

Simon Watson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts
Simon Watson

Give Iran do Espírito Santo, say, a can of food from a kitchen shelf, a circular mirror, or a '50s ceiling lighting fixture, and he will begin to ruminate on the object's properties of shape and material, and then transform the formerly mundane thing into a sensually, minimal singularity.

Problems in Motown

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Emergency Mayor of Detroit is considering selling off a large portion of the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art to pay off the city's $15 billion debt. Kevyn Orr has said he is investigating whether the collection could be sold to help ease the city's burden of debt.

The Totemic Art of Yis Goodwin

Aja Beech | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts
Aja Beech

Yis Goodwin creates totemic art, which is the only way to put it. Some call it whimsical, but I would not call a roaring lion head forcefully emerging from the open mouth of a cartoonish crowned animal head whimsical.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... an "It" Bag

Edward M. Epstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Edward M. Epstein

I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.

Kara Walker Addresses Art and Controversy at the Newark Public Library

Jessica Kramer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Jessica Kramer

Kara Walker is no stranger to controversy. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the African-American visual artist addressed a room of more than 100 people in New Jersey's Newark Public Library to talk about her work and its most recent firestorm.