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“Portraiture….can reveal things about both photographer and the sitter.” -- Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator for Research, Phillips Collection Now that "selfie" is officially in the dictionary, it can be easy to forget that photography is still a relatively new...
Last Friday, the White House hosted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards , which honored 12 organizations across the country for their outstanding work with children. One of the honorees was Project AIM , which uses the arts to engage with pediatric oncology patients receiving...
Probably anyone who's ever taken a creative writing course has heard the phrase, "Show don't tell." For visual artist Andrea Polli, that's also pretty good advice when it comes to talking about climate change. Polli works at the fertile crossroads of digital media and ecology...
In spring 2012, we devoted an issue of NEA Arts to looking at the ways the arts and the military intersect. One of our features focused on combat artists--visual artists who are embedded with troops to capture their day-to-day experiences on the battlefield. In an excerpt from his blog quoted in...
“I want to be able to give people a moment of awe about the universe that we live in.” — D an Goods, visual strategist, NASA While we're all familiar with what space travel might look like some day thanks to Star Trek , Star Wars , and the Syfy Channel, it's a little more...
"I have found that many people think that in order for something to be Native it has to use the same language that has been used for the past 50 years. It has to have a buffalo or an arrowhead on it to qualify it as Native. We have been pulling from the same well of artistic language for so...
Man standing in front of paint rolling machinery holding a pole with red paint on end.
In 1980, Robert Gamblin began to mix oil paint in a single-car garage. A graduate of University of Oregon with additional work at the San Francisco Art Institute, he had...
Woman in sunglasses putting together a piece of equipment.
Call them eco-artists, call them environmental artists, call them crusaders. As concern over climate change has grown, many artists have employed their work to explore the human toll on the...
A boy holds a cellphone with an older woman behind him at a red cloud in front of him.
When Dan Goods was studying graphic design, he figured he’d probably end up at an ad agency or some sort of commercial corporation. But these days, his artistic concerns are...
In 1986 as an independent clothing designer new to the world of retail, I was looking for ways to market my one-of-a-kind designs. Noticing an ad for a craft show in Lexington, I attended not knowing what to expect. I was definitely not a stranger to craft shows but this was a different model...

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