Visual Arts

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 Staff member squatting to work on the lower part of a large painting of a young boys carrying a bucket of water down a dirt path
The United States has a long tradition of federal support for the visual arts, from the 14th Congress's 1817 commission of four murals by John Trumbull for the Capitol Rotunda...
 Photo of Robert Frankel
From its earliest days the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) sought to assist museums and visual arts organizations reach new audiences. The NEA helped them discover the most effective...
 The artist at work in her studio
Sculptor Sheri Simons was a U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program fellow for six months in 2006. Simons heard about the fellowship during graduate school, when she was an assistant to an...
At the request of Congress, the NEA has partnered with the Architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library for a competition to design a sculpture of...
Two older people, a man and a woman are seated at a table having supper. At the center there is a fireplace, at the left a small cupboard ans a window. The man is dressed in black and has a long white beard, the woman is has a long dress and wears a heads
Creased canvases, cracked paint, warped frames, and discolored mats were just some of the problems conservators faced as they delved into a treasure trove of art long hidden from public...
A young woman dressed in black is reflected on the polished surface of the memorial
In November of 1980, the Council for the Arts approves a funding request from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to support a competition to select the design team for the...
Billie Holiday in the studio holding a drink, looking down, world-weary
In 1977, Jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment again honored Hinton, this time as an...
In a compsition full of motion, somewhat distorted figures play instruments and dance in the foreground, while the a train and a steam river boat provide a distant backdorp.
Artist Thomas Hart Benton was reviewing his completed work illustrating the origins of country music when he died of heart failure on January 19, 1975. The colorful six-by-ten foot mural...
Painting of the artists face, front view. The image is distorted as if situated behind a textured glass. On close examination the image is made up of many small rectanglular sub paintings which contain concentric irregular shapes brightly painted.
Born in Washington in 1940, Charles Thomas Close -- he professionally became Chuck thanks to a misunderstanding with a reporter -- knew he wanted to be an artist from the...

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