Visual Arts

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We love reading our favorite writers on the page, but seeing their faces on the street? Now that’s a special pleasure all its own. So feast your eyes on what happens when street art gets literary, and check out the unique ways Big Read authors and others have been used to transform our public...
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To call Esopus a magazine is a bit of a misnomer. Showcasing the broadest possible spectrum of creative endeavors, the lush, encyclopedia-thick volume is an exercise in printed ingenuity, filled...
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Photography has the ability to freeze a fleeting moment, visually fixing a particular place and time in a single, immutable frame. Photographer Muriel Hasbun , on the other hand, has...
“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...
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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...

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