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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...
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...

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