Boston Art School Hosts 10 Puerto Rican Art Students Impacted by Hurricane Maria

The ten Puerto Rican students MassArt is hosting this semester, with Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts Carlos E. Santiago and MassArt President David Nelson (photo by Kimberly Nelson, courtesy MassArt)During Hurricane Maria, Ashley Martinez Rivera, a student at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico in San Juan, locked herself in her bathroom with a work she’d painted, an attempt to protect one of her favorite creations from destruction. Now, Martinez Rivera and nine other Puerto Rican art students find themselves in Boston, part of a special program at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) that covers all of their expenses for the spring semester as a kind of emergency exchange program. Ashley Martinez Rivera, “Self Portrait” (2017) (image courtesy the artist)“The driving force behind the program was a sense of urgency,” Lyssa Palu-ay, Interim Provost at MassArt told Hyperallergic in a phone interview. “The situation in Puerto Rico was ..

Old Kmart turned into state of the art school for suburban students

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoWAUKEGAN, Ill. -- From the Blue Light special to a Blue Ribbon School. An old Kmart in north suburban Waukegan is being re-born as the home of an innovative Catholic prep school. About 400 Cristo Rey College Prep students will start a new chapter in their educational stories inside of an old store. The school was doing remarkable things; giving opportunities to low income families and sending 100 percent of students to college, but the building itself was crumbling. “(It had) leaky pipes, ceilings that fall down overflowing sewers, power outages, the boiler going out,” Preston Kendall, school president said . “And yet in that environment our kids have found a way to excel.” Kendal led a $17 million fundraising campaign to find a new home. Some “out of the box” thinking brought them to the abandoned Kmart on Belvidere Road. Tuesday, students will move in to the state of the art facility for the first time. “It’s really an amazing space and tom..

Art showing cop aiming gun at black girl moved at high school

(NYPost)After multiple complaints, Sunset Park High School in Brooklyn was forced to move a controversial poster that showed a cop pointing a gun at a black child. The poster was originally put up in the lobby of the high school on Wednesday. The art, made by a student, depicts a cop crouching and aiming his gun at the back of a black girl and she spray paints “Bigger Than Hate” on a wall. — Drake goes to Miami schools for ‘God’s Plan’ video shoot, makes donations to students — The poster was made in an after-school program and was inspired by a near identical image created by the art duo Madam Muse. Sunset Park High School faced multiple complaints on Wednesday and Thursday after someone posted the photo on Facebook and asked those who objected to it to call the school and let them know how they felt about it. The school took the poster down from the lobby area and relocated it to another area of the school. “We got a million calls about it,” a school source stated. “They put it up a..

Elite Dutch Art School Becomes Hotbed for Debate Over Freedom of Speech

Amsterdam’s prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academie is renowned for shaping generations of avant-garde artists and is not known to shy away from controversy. But now, a campus debate between the provocative art collector Bert Kreuk and the inflammatory artist duo KIRAC—whom students claim promote racism, misogyny, and homophobia—has provoked an uproar over the bounds of free speech. Bizarrely, the school is currently most at odds over a debate about a debate about the debate. The school—one of Europe’s most celebrated art academies—originally extended an invitation to the duo Stefan Ruitenbeek and Kate Sinha, known as Keeping It Real Art Critics (KIRAC), to screen a video the artists had produced about Kreuk and discuss the value of conceptual art with the collector before an open audience of students. Although Kreuk and KIRAC disagree significantly about what makes art matter, both share the view that, as Kreuk put it, “when you do not agree with someone is precisely when you have to ent..

Artist Reshmi Dey's Glass Sutra breathes art into glass

Launched on March 24, 2017, Glass Sutra is dedicated to everything glass. “The studio is about promoting, educating, appreciating and spreading awareness of the glass art form. Hence, Glass Sutra lets individuals from various walks of life, artists and all those associated with this magical art form express their commitment to artistic education, creativity and innovation,” she says. From keen students to professional artists, everyone is welcome at this studio. Reshmi says what she strives to do with the studio is to establish glass as a preferred medium of expression, to create a strong community of studio glass artists by encouraging education of glass as a medium. “At Glass Sutra, people get to experience the relationship between glass and the undying love of a glassmaker for the material through hands on experience. Appreciation begins when participants begin to relate themselves to the art and the material, thereby forming a bond,” says Reshmi. There is a lot that Glass Sutra is..

Sludge, Rat Infestation, and Other Renovation Hazards Reported at Corcoran School of Arts and...

The Corcoran’s Flagg Building prior to renovations (photo by APK via Wikimedia Commons)Every year it’s something new with Washington DC’s Corcoran School. In 2014, the then independent Corcoran College of Art and Design was absorbed into nearby George Washington University (GW). A year later, students and faculty at the newly named Corcoran School of Art & Design still felt a culture clash with the rest of GW, while fearing sweeping curriculum changes and a loss of their unique art school community. In June 2016, the school laid off 10 professors; many had taught at the college for years and were beloved by students. And, in 2017, the renovation troubles began. In the January 5 cover article of DC’s local independent weekly, Washington City Paper, Kriston Capps drew attention to the many problems resulting from a massive renovation project to the school’s historic 1897 Flagg Building. Because classes are still taking place in the building during construction, students, faculty, and sta..

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,..

Broad Brushstrokes

+1 Images courtesy of Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center With an exhibition opening this Sat., Jan. 13, Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center seeks to frame a vast canvas of visual artistry. “All Colors,” the exhibition in question, will run till Feb. 28 in the St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s spacious Clayton gallery at 12 N. Jackson Ave. It will feature more than 50 participants and more than 150 pieces of variegated artwork from both local and national creators, collectors and educators, some invited, others taking part in a blind juried process. In principle, at least, “All Colors” will include clay creations, photographs and related works, drawing/printmaking, fine crafts, glasswork, jewelry, mixed media, painting and sculpture. “There will be some limited-edition prints, but most of the art will be original art that we hope collectors will purchase to generate funds that Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center can distribute through grants to artists of all disciplines, small..

Oklahoma to pioneer standards in computer science education

TULSA - Oklahoma may suffer from low budgets when it comes to education, but the state’s been working hard on making sure its academic standards are high. Recently, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) released a draft of new academic standards for computer sciences. If adopted, Oklahoma will become only the third state in the nation to have grade-specific standards for computer science. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister told KRMG Wednesday that it’s vitally important to prepare Oklahoma’s students for the realities of the job market of the future - and indeed, of the present. “This is going to be a part of an important foundation so that our students are equipped for the world they will live in for the next decade or beyond,” Hofmeister said. “We know that coding and the work of computing is going to drive a lot of the economy in the future. It already affects everything from health and medicine to agribusiness and finance.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics says compu..

Forgotton Anne Lets You Play Anime in a New Way

Forgotton Anne’s hand-drawn backgrounds and animations are beautiful. There’s no disputing that. And it’s easy to see the inspiration behind the style: anime greats like Sprited Away’s Studio Ghibli, and Tokyo Godfathers' Satoshi Kon. Forgotton Anne’s art director, Anders Bierbelg Hald, told PC Gamer, "Ever since I started working as a digital background painter, I have been looking at the backgrounds of Studio Ghibli and Studio 4C, so a lot of my artistic education was through looking at how they solved visual challenges and then adapting that to a digital medium, and most of the time, a western environment.” Further bringing the style to life are animators Debbie Ekberg and Sebastian Ljungdahl, who both studied animation in Tokyo under The Cat Return’s director Hiroyuki Morita and other animators active at the time. The character animation lacks a buttery-smooth frame rate, but with purpose. The movement better emulates the painstakingly hand-drawn style of old-school anime. It..

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