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Red McCombs pushing UIW to hire disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/27 Caption Close Image 1 of 27 Billy Joe “Red” McCombs answers questions from the media during his 90th birthday celebration Monday. Billy Joe “Red” McCombs answers questions from the media during his 90th birthday celebration Monday. Photo: Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News Image 2 of 27 Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks with the media during a press conference in Waco on Aug. 25, 2014. Keep clicking for a current list of the highest paid college football coaches in the country. Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks with the media during a press conference in Waco on Aug. 25, 2014. Keep clicking for a current list of the highest paid college football coaches in the country. Photo: Rod Aydelotte /Waco Tribune-Herald Image 3 of 27 25. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech$3.41 million per year 25. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech$3.41 million per year Photo: Tim Warner/Getty Images Image 4 of 27 24. Ed Orgeron,..

Tim Rollins Dies at 62; Turned Bronx Teenagers Into Art Stars

Advertisement Tim Rollins, an artist and educator whose mural-like paintings inspired by literary classics brought 1980s art stardom to him and his collaborators — a shifting collective of at-risk South Bronx teenagers — died on Dec. 26 at his home in the South Bronx. He was 62. The cause was hypertensive cardiovascular disease, said Angel Abreu, a senior member of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), as Mr. Rollins’s original collaborators named themselves. Mr. Rollins devoted almost all of his 35-year career to his unusual combination of art-making and teaching, and to the group, which exhibited as Tim Rollins + K.O.S. The collective had its beginnings in 1981, when Mr. Rollins was working as a substitute teacher in New York City. He was invited by the principal of I.S. 52, a junior high school in the South Bronx — a devastated area at the time — to develop a special-education program for students with learning disabilities that would combine making art with improving reading and writing skill..

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..

Come Inside Blackbird Arts, a Community Art School in Traverse City

Discovering art. Building community. How one woman’s dream of an arts center for all took flight. This is Blackbird Arts. This article is featured in the December 2017 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Get your copy! Is Virginia an artist? “Actually, I have a kind of complicated relationship with that word,” she says. “My mom always told me artists are weird.” As she speaks, she is pulling a small squeegee across a fine-mesh screen covered with ink to leave the imprint of a chrysanthemum on a flattened piece of clay. It’s part of a ceramics project. Virginia describes herself as a homesteader. She makes soap. Has goats and chickens. A BIG garden. She was drawn to Blackbird Arts more in the spirit of a maker than in the spirit of an artist. “I figured I could make pretty ceramic soap dishes to go with my homemade soap and sell them together,” she says. Will she one day embrace the term artist? “I might have to talk to my mom about that.” Beside Virginia as she works is J..

10 songs that prove George Michael was one of the greatest artists of all...

One of the greats (Pictures: Michel Linssen/Redferns/Getty Images)It’s hard to believe that the first anniversary of George Michael’s death is upon us. Although the shock of losing him has somewhat dominated our recent memory of George, it’s important to remember that this man was, and always will be, one of the greatest artists of all time. 13 of George Michael’s most remarkably generous acts that should never be forgottenNothing proves this statement more than the art he created during his legendary career: everything from his early work with Wham! to his more recent releases have been celebrated around the globe. Here are just some of the songs that George Michael gifted the world and helped certify him as one of the greatest artists of a generation. Careless Whisper[embedded content] Released in 1984 from Wham!’s album Make It Big, this song became one of George’s most notable releases. This song’s iconic saxophone riff is instantly recognisable and complements it’s equally loveabl..

Osundare to young writers… Avoid the Nollywoodization of poetry

Prof. Osundare reading from his new collection of poetry, while moderator, Mr. Kunle Ajibade looks on… in Lagos It was an engaging and cerebral evening two Fridays ago when Goethe Institut, Lagos, drew the curtain for the calendar year while hosting poet of the marketplace fame, Professor Niyi Osundare, at its signatory programme, Literary Crossroads series, which brings ‘together African writers on the continent and from the Diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in Literature.’ For many, the event was the best way to begin a fascinating weekend and end a year of many literary activities. In conversation with journalist and author of Jailed for Life (2003), Mr. Kunle Ajibade, the electrifying conversations traversed topical issues alternating between the state of education in the country, politics and leadership in Africa, relevance of writers and writing, why an African poet must be socially committed, to age-long feuds in the literary firmament. The occasion was also t..

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..

Artists Affiliated with Documenta Speak Out Against the Exhibition Becoming a “Commercial Enterprise”

Hans Haacke, “Wir (alle) sind das Volk—We (all) are the people” (2003/2017), exhibited at National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, documenta 14, (© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, photo by Mathias Völzke)Over 200 artists and curators have signed an open letter calling for the restructure of Documenta’s supervisory structure, which, they claim, have reduced the German contemporary art exhibition to a “commercial enterprise.” Published on GoPetition, the letter outlines five measures to protect Documenta’s future artistic, curatorial, and political autonomy. They range from a specific proposal to reorganize the current board to a broad call to decolonize all art and educational institutions. “The supervisory board … technocratically reduced documenta to a commercial enterprise,” the letter reads. “The current structure of documenta has shown itself to be unsuitable to the current political moment, lacking understanding of the larger significance of documenta, and the new concerns of contemporar..

Local students receive gifts of kindness, tools of artistic expression

CLOSE Donate to ACE's third annual Holiday Art Drive Nov. 24- Dec. 8. Donate art supplies at designated drop off locations: The Times, Agora Borealis, Rhino Coffee and Renzi Center. Tiana Kennell/The Times Buy PhotoChildren rip into their presents at the Renzi Education and Art Center 2017 Christmas party.(Photo: Stan Carpenter / The Times)Buy Photo The success of the third annual Holiday Art Drive depended on the kindness of strangers and the Shreveport-Bossier City community offered just that. The Holiday Art Drive, presented by ACE in The Shreveport Times, returned this season with a mission to put art supplies into the homes of area youth. Community members were asked to donate new to gently used art supplies, which would be wrapped and gifted to the students of Renzi Education and Art Center — a nonprofit organization operating in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood. The after-school program's 45 students — grades K-12 — were given personal art bundles so they may ..

Artist and activist Tim Rollins dies aged 62

Tim Rollins and the K.O.S. collectivecourtesy Portland Museum of Art The US artist and activist Tim Rollins, known for launching the Art and Knowledge education workshop in the Bronx in 1982, has died aged 62. Pittsfield-born Rollins began his career as the assistant of the artist Joseph Kosuth, earning a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1980. His work with students—some of them with emotional and learning difficulties—in the South Bronx workshop prompted him to found the collective K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) which he continued to lead for more than three decades. “I think what we've done is that we have challenged elite notions of fine art that put boundaries on who can appreciate art, who can make art, and who can feel the impact of that art,” Rollins told Artspace in 2012. The group, working collaboratively, make large-scale paintings on book pages and sheet music; their Animal Farm-G7 piece (1989-92), part of the Tate’s collection, shows former world leaders su..

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