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While relatively unknown to the American public, the recent passing of Shomei Tomatsu left the photography world grieving. The January 2013 obituary from The Guardian for Tomatsu called him one of “the most influential Japanese photographer[s] of the postwar era.” Tomatsu grew up as...
In today's peek at the latest issue of NEA Arts , we meet Ryan Holladay. When Holladay is not creating location-aware sound works for spaces such as the National Mall and Central Park with his brother Hays---under the bluebrain moniker---he's showcasing off other multi-media artists who are...
by Tobin Eckholt , Manager of Development Services, Tacoma Art Museum Tobin Eckholt. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum Turn the mobile off. Do not get me wrong, I am not a Luddite and I am more than happy to broadcast my art experience in 140 characters or less. Tweets and retweets can be a...
Ryan Holladay. Photo by FCTN
Washington, DC-based Ryan Holladay lives a double life. He’s not only one-half of the music duo Bluebrain , which he founded with his brother Hays, but he’s also the curator...
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution’s head of mobile strategy and initiatives. Photo courtesy of Nancy Proctor
In the past few years, museums and other arts institutions have been able to extend their reach far beyond their brick-and-mortar walls by utilizing new technologies and trading in their...
Memories: An Ancient Past by Abraham Anghik Ruben (Inuvialuit, b. 1951). Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, 2010. Whale skull, Brazilian soapstone, and cedar; 176.0 x 207.0 x 62.0 cm. Collection of Kipling Gallery, Ontario, Canada. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of the...
Cocoon Jackson, a temporary community sculpture and performance piece in the Art Garden in Jackson, Mississippi. Photo by Julian Rankin
Jackson, Mississippi, is the state's capital and most populous city with a rich sense of history in the arts. It is known as the "City with Soul," a musical Mecca...
Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo with Marc Chagall’s America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. Marc Chagall © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris In 1977, the city of Chicago received two new cultural treasures...
Stacey Lee Webber, The Craftsman Series: Shovels , 2011, pennies, Courtesy of the artist What is craft and what role does it play in the American experience? What does the future hold for America’s craft movement? Nicholas R. Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft...
Local teens experiment with music software in the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia center. Photo by Maya Munoz The Hirshhorn is known as the Smithsonian’s contemporary and modern art museum, but in October 2011, when it opened its YOUmedia space, ARTLAB+, it also became a new home for budding young...

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