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Artist Tim Rollins, a Champion of Collaboration and a Powerful Evangelist for Art Education,...

The artist Tim Rollins, who sought to turn education into an art medium and whose work illustrated the power of collaboration and challenged the notion of who can make and appreciate art, has died at age 62. He passed away on Tuesday in New York of natural causes, according his gallery Lehmann Maupin. It did not take long for tributes to begin pouring in on Twitter and Facebook, where artists, curators, and students recalled brief encounters with Rollins that reignited their belief in the power of art and education. Cynicism, it seems, was difficult to hold onto in his presence. For more than three decades, the artist created work with K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), a fluid group of young at-risk students from the South Bronx that became one of the longest surviving collectives in the history of art. The group’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures draw on classic literature and music, from Shakespeare to W.E.B. Dubois to Felix Mendelssohn, as source material. Often, the members make marks ..

How Artists Create Opportunities with Alternative Exhibition Spaces

Exhibition opportunities at commercial galleries, museums and nonprofit arts institutions are difficult to come by for the majority of artists. Both institutions and galleries mount a limited number of shows each year, and money is a huge factor influencing what gets shown: Commercial galleries have to sell work to stay in business, and most institutions have to sell tickets and memberships, while also courting donors. In response to these limitations, artists have created their own exhibition opportunities and spaces where other artists can s..

Peter Haynes' top five Canberra art exhibitions for 2017

The Canberra visual arts scene in 2017 once again could be characterised by a superfluity of exhibitions but a superfluity that was exemplified by richness, depth and an accompanying thematic and aesthetic diversity that made the visitor experience always an exciting, difficult and sometimes beautiful confrontation. My role here is to single out those artists whose exhibitions I reviewed that struck a particular chord with me, and that I believe will continue to do so. Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS) exhibition program continues to excite, provoke and deliver cutting-edge (don't you hate this expression!) exhibitions that not only provide proof of the necessity of organisations such as this to continue, but reinforce the "DUH" factor of the preceding. Claudia Chaseling, Akimbo, 2015, in HYPERActive at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Gorman Arts Centre Photo: Supplied David Broker, CCAS Director, curated HYPERactive. As often with Broker, the curatorial premise was intellect..

Nation's United Arts Funds Raise $85.5 million for the Arts in 2016

Throughout the summer of 2017, the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Initiatives department solicited responses to the FY2016 United Arts Fund Campaign Survey. Surveys were distributed to a total of 45 united arts funds by email. A total of 37 UAFs participated in the survey. United Arts Funds (UAFs) are private organizations that raise money for the arts, work to broaden support for the arts, encourage arts attendance and participation, promote excellence in the arts and arts management, and ensure that arts organizations are financially stable. Americans for the Arts defines a UAF campaign as a combined or federated appeal for arts funding conducted annually to raise unrestricted money on behalf of three or more arts, culture, and/or science organizations. In FY 2016, the 37 participating UAFs reported aggregate campaign revenue of $85.5 million during their campaigns that ended during 2016. Twenty-nine UAFs have provided their total campaign revenue annually since 2007, making ..

Saturday Club 'Sugar 'N Spice' tea welcomes dolls

VACAVILLE — The Saturday Club of Vacaville is gearing up for its annual tea party, “Sugar ’N Spice,” at 1 p.m. Jan. 27. An enormous doll collection display, a luncheon and desserts, and prize drawings are planned. Guests are encouraged to dress in their best and bring their dolls. They will receive a free personal photo, participate in the children’s doll parade and be entertained by children from Danc-Sing Stars studio. For information and reservations, call Jo An Wade at 448-4807. The club, which supports the cultural arts in the Vacaville community, provides scholarships to high school seniors who are planning to further their artistic education. For applications, call Wade at the number listed above. The Saturday Club is located at 125 Kendal St. RelatedRelatedLet's block ads! (Why?)

“All Women” 2018 Online Art Exhibition Now Open

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is pleased to announce that its January art exhibition, the 7th “All Women" 2018 Online Art Exhibition is now posted on their website and can be viewed online. 2D & 3D artists (Women Only Artists) were asked to submit their best abstract or representational art for this competition. An international online art competition was held in December 2017 which determined the art for this exhibition. The gallery received submissions from 29 different countries and also received entries from 35 different states. Overall, 1,005 entries were judged for this art competition. The gallery presented the top 10 artists with awards for each media category. In addition, special merit and special recognition category awards were provided. The overall winning artists are; Jolanta Soares, Sheri Emerson, Danielle Kantola, Lou Ann Goodrich, Paula Montgomery, Barbara Mierau-Klein, JoAnn Shelby, Farah Ajoodanifar, Bobbin Salisbury and Anelle Steyn. The 10 overall winning ..

First Night planners crossing fingers for large turnout to keep Spokane event going

Making First Night in Spokane warmer, more fun and festive for all ages isn’t an option: It’s a must. If the New Year’s Eve event doesn’t attract close to 10,000 people downtown, said executive director Nanette Miller, this year’s First Night could be its last night. “The goal is to make this event amazing,” Miller said. “Otherwise, it cannot sustain itself, how it’s been.” One change is bringing First Night in from the cold and making it an indoor event. First Night costs about $200,000 to put on, with event planners needing 6,000 attendees to break even. Miller has been the event’s only paid employee for two years, and though there’s a committee of volunteers, she said her job is simply too big for one person. First Night was greeted with relative success in its inaugural year in Spokane in 2001 by the Arts Committee of the Chamber of Commerce. About 15,000 people attended. The idea originated in Boston in 1975, and First Night celebrations have since done well in cities across the U..

The Fine Art of Bookbinding

PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) In this day of technology a lot of people curl up with their tablet or I-Pad to read a good book. But some of us still enjoy turning the pages of the real deal. Fortunately, there are still craftsmen who are artists at restoring a books. Photojournalist Joseph Butash introduces us to Don Rash, a Fine Bookbinder who has been saving books for 40 years. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Art Effect hosts 'Teen Visions '18'

CLOSE Photographer Kenro Izu has captured a series of 'Sacred Places' in his global travels that reveal man's spiritual awareness. Video by Barbara Gallo Farrell/Poughkeepsie Journal Wochit An example of student artwork from a past "Teen Visions' exhibition. This year's show opens Jan. 12.(Photo: Courtesy photo) A juried art show will feature the work of students from more than 30 regional high schools. "Teen Visions '18" opens Friday, Jan. 12, at the Carole J. Wolf Gallery at 45 Pershing Ave. in Poughkeepsie. More than 60 paintings, drawings and photographs by high school students will be on display in the exhibit that runs through Feb. 13. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, in the gallery. ART: 'Teen Visions' showcases talents of high school students All the pieces were created by participants in the Art Institute of The Art Effect’s Summer Art Intensive. The final showcase was selected from more than 1,..

The New Era of Independent Artists

In 2012, Amanda Palmer broke the Internet and became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. One year later, the Marina Abramovic Institute ran a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $661k, and to this day remains one of the top six most funded projects in the arts section. With the rise of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Patreon, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe has come a deeper democratization of the arts, where art is no longer reserved for the elite few. Artists are becoming less reliant on one wealthy patron, competitive grants, or institutional funding, and on the flip side, art lovers can support their favorite artists directly at an affordable price. Artists are using social media and crowdfunding to become independent and financially sustainable. None of this is new, but what is new is the shift in mindset around crowdfunding in general. I am guilty of having a history of doubts when it comes to crowdfunding. For most of my young adult l..

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