Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Artist spotlight: Thaddeus Erdhal

Bio [excerpted from artist website here]
Thaddeus Erdahl was born and raised in La Porte City, Iowa. He has exhibited his sculpture and presented workshops regionally and nationally throughout the United States.
His art and background in education started at the University of Northern Iowa where he received his BA in Art Education and a BFA in Ceramics. Upon graduation, he substitute taught in the public school system, instructed ceramics courses at a local art center and served as an interim art educator. Thaddeus actively practiced and taught a variety of art media including ceramics, drawing, assemblage, sculpture, painting, and graphic design.

Thaddeus received his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida where he was a University of Florida Alumni Fellowship recipient during his three years of graduate study, from 2006-2009.


“When considering the murky reservoir of human history, it is difficult to separate legend from reality. Through my work, I examine human myth in the modern age, specifically on characters that emerge from our society's underbelly; the less popular folk. Using their "legends", I feel compelled to tell stories that illustrate analogies in life; blending together archetypes, shared experiences, and my own personal mythology. Who we are in the world is a kaleidoscope of interpretations, biased memories, and personal connections” (Erdhal).

Work [all images are copyright of the artist and may not be reproduced without permission].

Monday, December 4, 2017

Drepung Loseling Monks visit the Jupiter Campus

As part of their Mystical arts tour, the monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery [and here] came to the Jupiter Campus of Florida Atlantic University to produce a sand mandala. The mandala they produced for us was a medicine mandala.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences.  The tours offer a rare opportunity to witness one of the world’s most ancient sacred traditions presented by a group of monk artists for whom these traditions are a way of life [Drepung, 2017].

The event was organized by Jupiter Campus Life Staff and hosted by the Jupiter campus library. After they finished their ceremony, they gave each of us a small bag of the sand used to create the mandala, as a way to pass along the healing energy and beauty. The rest of the sand was placed into a body of water to spread the healing energy and beauty to the rest of the world.

This was an extremely calming and inspirational event to witness. We are lucky.

Here are images of the event.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Honors College students display 3d printed work

Algorithmic Shapes

Honors College Professor Annina Ruest is a Swiss artist-technologist. She is known for her work in new media art including software art and electronics-based art. This semester, her class ART 4934C Programming for Visual Art is displaying some of their projects in the library.

Artists: Victoria Blount, Ivan Corredera, Jessica Flynn, Halle Jonassaint, Angie Joseph, Aaron Kent, Carlene Kwartler, Casey Politano, Vrishan Seepersad, Renee Sodeen, Christopher Tepetitlan, Amanda Viller (in alphabetical order)

Algorithmic Shapes are physical manifestations of computer programs. These computer programs were written by students in ART 4934C Programming for Visual Art and then 3d-printed on a Formlabs 3d printer.

Each shape is a modification of a basic 3d solid such as a platonic shape, a cone, or a cylinder. The results are abstract forms that may remind viewers of buildings, video game characters, organic growth, or crystalline structures etc. As abstract shapes, they are designed to trigger the imagination without telling the viewer exactly what to think. 

Here are some examples of their projects.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Cornell Art Museum grand opening celebration

Wednesday, November 8th,
7-9 pm; $10 admission (free for Old School Square members).

Cornell Art Museum
51 N. Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, Florida 33444

The Cornell Art Museum has been undergoing exciting interior renovations all summer, and will re-open with a huge celebration! They will celebrate the million dollar renovation with a special exhibition, “Looking Glass,” reflecting our dedication to the best and brightest in contemporary art!

November 9, 2017-February 25, 2018   

This group exhibition features artwork that incorporates reflection in the work, be it the reflection of the viewer or the space around the art piece.  This exhibition was chosen as the first show in our new space to showcase the museum like never before and reflect back to the community the museum’s mission.  The exhibition welcomes viewers to experience a sense of belonging and see themselves in the museum.  Art Selfies are encouraged!

For more information please visit the Museum’s Website here.

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,

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

What we did on our summer vacation

For our summer “vacation” library staff were asked to participate in a “sketchbook” project. The project was inspired by the famous Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. We modified it to include collage, because it lessens the anxiety of those who consider themselves to be less creative than others. 

The sketch books will be on display in the library, so feel free to come in and look through them! In the meantime, here are a few highlights. I was really proud of the creativity and the fact that some of the staff pushed through the fear and actually did drawings. Others collaged, but the wide variety of styles and themes is impressive!

I will start with the book of Linda Lesperance, our interlibrary loan coordinator. Her book is amazing and I wish I was showing the entire book. It is humorous, educational, and very detailed. You could spend hours going through hers. I picked my favorite section to show here:

Next up is Marilee Brown, our Circulation Supervisor. Side note: she is our party planner and does an excellent job as party host. She concentrated on food. We all love this one. It made me hungry.

Assistant Director and reference librarian Leah Plocharczyk was one of the ones who went the extra mile to draw every single page! Kudos to her. She said this is a self-portrait!

Circulation Assistant Cookie Davis, went the educational route. She also drew hers! I applaud her because I like that it is environmental and telling us important water facts.

Next up is Sr. Library Technical Assistant William Howerton. His undergraduate degree is in Anthropology; so he concentrated on giving us a tour of historical sites and foods of Mexico. He had a little character host his pages. So creative and fun.

The next staff member wants to remain anonymous. Sigh. This person gets a slap on the hand because they only did three pages. However, the first page WINS and no other pages were needed. In all fairness this staff member asked for an extension to finish the book.

Lastly here are a few of my drawings.

I hope this post shows managers, workers and those who have bottled up creative tendencies to let them out. Go sketch! Go collage. 

And because this is a library and we are often asked important copyright permission questions, I am including these notes. Copyright is a tricky and complicated interpretation of the law. You can follow the links below to read more on the subject.

These staff sketch books are for educational purposes and not for any commercial gain [which does not always mean it is ok]. This is the only time any of the images will be online.

[the follwing is taken from]. 

      Fair Use

According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, fair use refers to limited circumstances when it may be permissible to make reference to or reproduce a sample of a protected character without getting permission from the creator.

     Transformative Use
 Another way to legally use characters could be to use them in what the law refers to as "transformative use." Transformative use requires that you change, or transform, the character enough so that it is no longer a mere copy of the original. The resulting transformation is sometimes called a "derivative work." For example, if a painter created an original oil painting of his family and included the Disney character Tinkerbell as a family member, his use of Tinkerbell would be fair use because of its commentary that the artist considers Tinkerbell a member of his family. The use of Tinkerbell in the painting could be could be characterized as a transformative use, and the painting could be called a derivative work.

MORE on the subject: FAN ART
There is also something called fan art. Here is an artical Fan Art vs. Copyright Infringements:  What's Legal?