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"Failure is another word for experience."---George Lucas The story starts a long time ago in a galaxy far far away in 1950s Modesto, California, where a young boy grows up liking to draw and build things. A lot. Thanks to parental disapproval, he studies anthropology not art in college,...
Pardon the pun but we're completely jazzed about our four new NEA Jazz Masters: Anthony Braxton (composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator); Richard Davis (bassist, educator); Keith Jarrett (pianist, composer), and Jamey Aebersold (educator, saxophonist, pianist, bassist,...
Text by Paulette Beete Images by Tom Pich Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her...
New York City, New York Photos by Frank Stewart 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman (left) on saxophone with Justin DiCiocco (Chairman, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Division) during the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. At an event like this one, we feel the whole continuity...
Washington, DC Hubert Laws. Courtesy of Spirit Productions "I got my first flute while I was in high school. What happened was the high school band was playing this piece by Rossini called "The William Tell Overture." The prelude had a big flute solo in there, but in the high school...
Washington, DC Orrin Keepnews. Photo by Martha Egan "I was presented with an opportunity to present [Thelonius] Monk to the public and, let’s face it, I’m not saying that I knew what we were doing … we were by no means hotshots at publicity or promotion. But I know what I...