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Freeport Art Museum opens 14th annual Juried Exhibition

FREEPORT — The Freeport Art Museum recently opened its 14th annual Regional Juried Exhibition. The exhibition is organized to encourage the creation of new work and provides a venue for emerging and established artists to debut their latest endeavors. It features contemporary art by artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. It received almost 400 submissions from over 100 artists this year. The exhibition will remain on display in the museum’s main galleries through the wine tasting event Feb. 2 and will close Feb. 10. Many of the exhibiting artists also will have items for sale in the museum store for the duration of the exhibition. For information: Let's block ads! (Why?)

Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts is Committed to Innovative Research of Public Art

- Preliminary Achievements of the First Project of International Academic Cooperation Series SHANGHAI, Dec. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On the afternoon of December 20th, after heated discussions and summaries by the art professionals from home and abroad at the Oil Painting Platform of the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai University, the series of activities of 2017 Public Art International Academic Cooperation officially came to an end. This project is an important academic research project in the study of public art at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, mainly composed of three large-scale international research and creative practices, which aim to offer solutions for "urban renewal", "industrial relics revitalization" and "beautiful rural reconstruction" in China through art, using art to change the imbalance of social development and improve the quality of life of urban and rural people. The project invited more than 20 participants, including renowned theorists, artists and c..

Importance of Extracurricular Activities in High School

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Logan school board hears from angry artists over decision to auction paintings

A Cache Valley school district is under fire for its handling of art, but this time it doesn’t involve nudity. The Logan City School District Board of Education on Tuesday heard from concerned Utah artists, museum curators and professors over its Oct. 24 decision to declare a collection of paintings as “surplus property,” paving the way for a sealed-bid auction of 11 paintings Jan. 31. An online petition opposing the auction, created Monday by the Utah Cultural Alliance, had nearly 450 signatures by Tuesday night. AdvertisementThe school district recently had its 42-piece collection of historic art appraised and found out it’s worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Superintendent Frank Schofield has said the school board discussed the matter and decided the district isn’t in a position to care for such valuable works of art. Laura Gelfand, head of the art and design department at USU, represented the Utah Cultural Alliance when she told school board members she is dismayed by the deci..

A new art exhibition portrays Vladimir Putin as a superhero

In a new Moscow art exhibition titled “SUPERPUTIN,” Russian president Vladimir Putin is portrayed as, well, super. There’s a painting of Putin looking steely in a Superman-like outfit, wielding a gigantic “PUTINBLASTER” gun. In another portrait, he’s a cheeky-looking Santa Claus with a wink and a smile. This might seem ironic or tongue-in-cheek: Not so. The artists, curators, and visitors are Putin enthusiasts, expressing their sincere feelings for the premier. The pop art paintings and statues are reminiscent of propaganda photos that are often released by Russian state media, like Putin riding a horse topless or tranquilizing a tiger. (There’s an entire section of the exhibition dedicated to paintings of Putin cuddling dogs, horses, and other animals.) The exhibition opened the same day Putin announced his run for a fourth term as president (Dec.6). Watch our video to see a few of the pieces yourself. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Harlow Gallery announces Second Sunday events

HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery recently announced its spring 2018 schedule of Second Sunday events to be held in its new location at 100 Water St. Second Sundays are free community art-related events scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. Some materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Some events may have limited enrollment depending on the activity. Attendees can try something new and/or sharpen old skills as all ability levels are welcome. Both artists and art lovers can enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are for families, children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The first Second Sunday events of 2018 is Personal Identity Clay Sculpture with Rachel Hamlin on Sunday, Jan. 14. Hamlin will teach attendees a variety of ceramic hand-building techniques to create a sculpture that symbolically or realistically represents the individuals personal identity. Clay a..

Minister blesses two annual exhibitions

Minister Kazembe Kazembe At the Gallery The National Gallery of Zimbabwe on December 14 witnessed the official opening of the Zimbabwe Annual Art and Rough Diamonds exhibition by the Minister of Sports Arts and Culture Honourable Kazembe Kazembe. The Zimbabwe Annual Open Exhibition is the flagship exhibition which caters for mutually compatible sectors of the art industry. In previous years, the exhibition witnessed an overwhelming response as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe provided a world class showcase which hinged the considerable efforts that were made to by artists. The presentation of quality artworks was sourced from both emerging and established artists. This edition will be the 50th cycle of the esteemed exhibition and its coinciding with the 60th Anniversary of the institution makes it one of the oldest arts events, which, in turn, wraps up the commemorative year with celebratory cheer. It emphasises on encouraging artists to produce their best works for the local and Int..

Artist has never stopped drawing

Sarah Bash says she’s been an artist ever since she could hold a crayon in her hand and doodle on her bedroom walls and bedpost. What began as a passion for her toddler-aged self has developed into more of a vocation these days, but as with many artists, it’s been a long road. Bash hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Florida International University in Miami, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in fine arts. She then taught social studies while considering whether or not to attend law school. Teaching won out, and she eventually earned a Master of Science degree in education, specializing in social studies education, and completed a teaching internship in Broward County, Fla. “I have always been a visual person; therefore I could remember things and places and draw them at a very early age with accuracy,” Bash explained. “In the first grade, I remember that I created the most mini picture books in the class, as everyday we were encouraged to create and ..

Art Review: 'Arts Connect at Catamount Arts: Third Annual Juried Exhibition'

click to enlarge "Revnisfjara Beach II" by Elizabeth Nelson With the third annual juried exhibition at Catamount Arts, juror John R. Stomberg had his work cut out for him. The St. Johnsbury arts center opened its exhibition call to any artist in the U.S., in any medium. Most of the 600 artists who responded live and work in New England, but the bar was raised with the high number of entries and juried works selected. Stomberg is director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and a distinguished curator and writer. Before joining Dartmouth, he was director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Galleries. For this exhibition, he chose 77 works in sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, woodcut, fiber arts, digital prints and mixed media. click to enlarge "The Artist (With Dracula)" by Leslie Sills Catamount's gallery director, Katherine French, also an acclaimed New Englan..

Creating Community and Connection through Creating Public Art

In July of 2015, I was hired as the first full-time Public Art Coordinator for the City of Richmond, VA. On my second day on the job, I was handed a stack of papers and given the phone number of sculptor Toby Mendez, who had been selected to create the Maggie Walker monument. To be honest, I had to get acquainted with who Maggie Walker was, and along the journey to having her legacy celebrated through artwork, I found myself surrounded by passionate community members who had been working for almost 20 years to have her properly memorialized. Working with Toby through this process to get her completed was incredible, as he was diligent about making sure all the voices were heard. I now call some of those people dear friends. But when I started working on the Maggie Walker project, I had no idea of the magnitude and importance of the project, nor its national significance and impact it would have upon our community (and in connecting our community). Maggie Walker was an entrepreneur, le..

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