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"When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for those who come after us." -- Veronica Castillo For Texas-based artist Veronica Castillo , a 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow, ceramics and clay sculptures are in the blood. For three generations, her family has been...
“[A]rt is the highest form of human expression, and when it’s threatened, we risk losing our cultural identity.”—Christopher Jobson With more than 300,000 Facebook fans, 71,000 Twitter followers, and nearly 5,000,000 monthly page views, it’s fair to say that the art...
World Maker Faire 2011 at the New York Hall of Science. Photo by Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Creation surrounds us. For years, people around the country have been crafting, tinkering, and making exceptional works that range from fire-breathing dragon sculptures to 3D printing to entire villages made...
Daniel Clowes. Photo by Abigail Huller, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California
Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, cartoonist Daniel Clowes kept his passion for comics under wraps, wary of earning a reputation -- especially among girls -- as a "shut-in...
Art Spiegelman. Photo by Nadja Spiegelman
For much of their history, comics have enthralled kids and adolescents with cheap, pulp tales of superheroes and villains. And yet, despite their popularity and often-intricate illustrations, they were always...
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...

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