Tuesday, October 10, 2017

skill vs concept in visual art

Abramović performing The Artist Is PresentMuseum of Modern Art, March 2010
By Shelby Lessig - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12134088

An old and continuous debate about skill vs. concept in visual art came up on Facebook recently. I thought this post by Eric Wayne, THE DEBATE OVER SKILL IN VISUAL ART AND CONCEPTUAL ART delivers a great overview on the topic. The article is from 2015, but still relevant.

This is an excerpt from the article “Both the positions of the conceptualists and their opposites miss the point. The more conservative artists mistake facility at strict representation for the only or most relevant skill, and the conceptualists conveniently forget that visual art requires an underlying ability with visual language that must be cultivated”.

Click on the link above to read the entire article. Comment and let us know which side of the debate you are on. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

CIC-Miami Creator's Lounge

Creator's Lounge is CIC Miami's hub for Artistic development
"We believe that artists are intrinsically entrepreneurs, and CIC’s ecosystem of innovators is able to provide a place for the creation, presentation, and discussion of art in all of its forms. Art has inherent value in its command of human thought and emotion, and also in the power of the provocative and creative energy that it catalyzes. Not only is CIC creating a space for artists to engage with each other, but it also enables artists to collaborate with entrepreneurs across various disciplines. This is an extension of CIC’s commitment to communal inclusiveness and conscious design. Having a space for artists and artistry will contribute to a more diverse, thought-provoking and interesting space".

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Obama Foundation Fellowship Open for application

The Obama Foundation is offering two-year, non-residential Fellowships that will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. This fellowship is for organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more. It is for those working within systems like governments or businesses, as well as those working outside of formal institutions.

“The Obama Foundation Fellows will be a diverse set of community-minded rising stars – organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and more – who are altering the civic engagement landscape. By engaging their fellow citizens to work together in new and meaningful ways, Obama Foundation Fellows will model how any individual can become an active citizen in their community”.

To find out more about this click here

To apply click here

Friday, September 22, 2017

Artwalk and Relief efforts at the Boynton Beach Arts District

410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Art Walk
Open Studios
Food Truck
Live Music!
Irma Recovery and Relief Supply Drive
This Saturday!
September 23, 2017 6- 10 PM

The Boynton Beach Art District
410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Opens for the season with
Recovery and Relief Supply Drive for the
Florida Keys

Sponsored by

The Boynton Beach Art District
ActivistArtistA Gallery

410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

Friday, August 25, 2017

The First University Art School in Arkansas

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation recently gave a $120 million donation to the University of Arkansas to be used to establish the very first art school in the state of Arkansas. The donation is reported the largest ever to be pledged towards the establishment of an art school in the United States.

The University of Arkansas is located 30 minutes from the Walton’s family business [Walmart] headquarters. This gift will help to expand graduate programs with degrees in art history, art education, and graphic design. Portions will be allocated for financial aid to incoming students. The fine arts library and art centers will receive money for renovations.

Florida Atlantic University has a connection to this story. Jeannie Hulen, who is currently the Chair of the Department of Art and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Arkansas., was the visiting artist for the FAU ceramics department from 2000-2002. 

With reports of shrinking art budgets and programs nationwide, this is welcomed news. 
(image credit: Diane Arrieta)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Suggested blog feature: Unurth street art

Are you looking for some interesting reading or blogs to follow for art? Let me suggest the blog Unurth. This blog is about Street Art. Unurth is run by Sebastian Buck from Los Angeles. He does an excellent job covering the street art scene.

Their last blog post is about Positive Propaganda Munich, a non-profit art association. They organize and promote contemporary socio-political art in public urban spaces. You can learn about them here.

This photo is an example of an artist they recruited for a project [ Shephard Fairy ].

Here are a few links to follow Unurth Street Art blog on other platforms. You can even sign up to follow their blog.