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Lady Pink at work. Photo by Matt Weber
When Lady Pink discovered graffiti in 1979, her first canvases were New York City subway cars. Although certainly vandalism, some considered it art as well. Her work quickly evolved from...
In the new issue of NEA Arts , we're looking at pioneers and visionaries---those artists who knew they were on to a good thing long before the rest of us caught up. In "Mixing Words and Pictures," Rebecca Gross speaks with graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, or as he puts it, "I...
”Watercolor is a lot like jazz---there’s a lot of improvising and things happen that are unexpected.” --- Barbara Ernst Prey Visual artist Barbara Ernst Prey has served on the NEA's National Council on the Arts since 2008. A distinguished watercolorist, Prey's work has...
Last month, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, hosted a panel discussion, in collaboration with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), titled Inside Photography: The Role of Art in Diplomacy. FAPE is the principal non-profit organization that provides permanent...
History has a way of insisting itself upon the present. Recently, construction crews digging up a parking lot in central London found what was later confirmed to be the remains of King Richard III. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, nine years earlier, infrastructure upgrades in downtown...
Last November, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a luncheon in praise of a diplomatic tool “that reaches beyond governments, past all of the official conference rooms and the presidential palaces, to connect with people all over the world.” But she wasn’t...
Students investigate an exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Sondra Hines
Arts education isn't just a means of learning an artistic skill or practice; it is also a unique tool for learning about different cultures and perspectives. Multicultural arts programs help...
Aman Mojadidi has described himself as an “Afghan by blood and redneck by the grace of God." It's a great line---memorable and funny---and one that got us hooked on his TED talk . An American of Afghan descent, Mojadidi was born and raised in Florida and has lived in Afghanistan for...
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...
This week's podcast introduces Jennie C. Jones, winner of the 2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an award given by the Studio Museum in Harlem and established by NEA Jazz Master George Wein . Jones casts her artistic net into wide and brilliant waters. Working from a minimalist aesthetic,...

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