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"I feel like I'm constantly walking the edge of disaster in creating these pieces..." —Mary O'Malley Mary O'Malley is a visual artist who, as she describes it, spends her time "creating ceramics out of a barn in Long Island." A recent-ish graduate of Philadelphia...
"What I see is that collaboration is not compromise. That's collaboration, I think, at its worst. Collaboration is about trust and learning together, where you create an environment where you can both learn from one another and then grow to create this thing that is a dynamic entity based...
In 1966, author Jorge Luis Borges told an interviewer, “I think nowadays, while literary men seem to have neglected their epic duties, the epic has been saved for us, strangely enough, by the Westerns.” It’s true that the soundstages of Hollywood—commercially driven and...
It's movie awards season, which means from the Screen Actors Guild Awards to the Golden Globes to the Academy Awards and many more glitzy celebrations, Hollywood's finest are being recognized as, well, Hollywood's finest. While no one can predict whether this year's Best Picture...
"This world is not one color or culture. Everybody has a story. To tell that story or see that story reflected through art is extremely valuable to the community. The arts belong to everyone and our work should reflect that diversity." -- Jesse L. Martin Read our complete Art Talk with...
In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our Facebook friends to tell us about their first literary crush. Here's what they had to say: I think I have to go with Jane Eyre. Then and now, I view her behavior as so admirable. She has a hard road to hoe but she traverses everything with dignity...
Can anyone be creative? How? What next? These three questions have driven much of my career. To start with the obvious, creativity is a good thing. Creative people tend to be happier and more successful than less creative people. They are funnier and sexier and they can use their creativity to cope...
By 1860, photography had officially begun to make its mark on the American landscape. For the first time in history, ordinary Americans could have their likeness snapped, printed, and distributed to family and friends—a far cry from the expensive, oil-painted portraits of aristocrats past...
“A lot of people have this attitude about rural spaces that culture doesn't exist there, that for some reason these artists are the people who are bringing the culture to the region. Of course, it couldn't be further from the truth. What our work is about and what these artists are...
"What I love about writing in this form [the blog] is that I can curate conversations and showcase the great work of many deserving but overlooked artists anytime I want. And I don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission or approval. What’s challenging, however, is that not...

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