Category Archives: Artist Resources

Breaking the Isolation of the Artist Studio Through Collaboration or Playing Nicely With Others

I love nothing better than working in my art studio alone. I hunger for it. I work hard to protect my art time from other obligations. I can spend endless hours painting, creating, and seeking that place of flow that is timeless and thrilling. It is my favorite thing to do right up until it becomes lonely, oppressive, and isolating. Continue reading

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A Beauty Manifesto: Art As Resistance”

“The making of beauty and of art says that we are alive and we have this beauty within us.” Ann Schaffer, artist Continue reading

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Activist Art: Art That Works

Activist art is, by definition, historically specific. It aims to address particular cultural, political and social concerns with a view to producing concrete social change. It is interesting to me as an artist and an educator how seldom we find an analysis of what makes effective activist art a part of what we teach and learn, especially since we need it now more than ever. Continue reading

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Lessons in Creativity

Accepting my limitations takes on a enjoyable sense of victory when I remember to treat those limitations as intellectual challenges that require me to find creative alternatives. Continue reading

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Knots, Braids, and Twinings: An Artist Explores Social Media

I spent a rousing evening with the Arts Matters folks discussing the difference between using social media for ‘marketing’ your art and using it to build creative community (I’m an advocate for the latter). Continue reading

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Facing Medusa: moving through inaction toward our goals as artists.

Listed are artist residencies in Wisconsin, the US, and abroad, as well as some key major grants, exchange programs and exhibition opportunities for artists. This post also includes a discussion of moving through the paralysis of inaction toward our goals as artists. Continue reading

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The Feminist Art Movement

The Feminist Art Movement profoundly influenced contemporary art practices. It introduced feminist content and gender issues; nonhierarchical uses of materials and techniques; and the idea of a multiple-voiced, fluid subject. The women’s art movement has championed the idea that gender is socially and not naturally constructed; validated non-“high art” forms such as craft, video and performance art; questioned the cult of “genius” and “greatness;” and placed an emphasis on pluralist variety rather than concepts of totalizing universalism. Continue reading

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My Art Appears on Refrigerators All Over The Country

I’m a firm believer in using several kinds of art cards as visual reminders of my artwork with my contact information attached to get my art out in the world. Sometimes it takes a while for people to be in a position to purchase a piece and I want to make it easy to find me when the time comes. I’ll talk about the many kinds of art cards and their uses. Continue reading

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Making Art Makes You More Aware

Its wonderful to see students new to art learn that “creating art makes you more aware” of all there is to see and to come to understand that one of the major jobs an artist does is to notice and document this amazing world so others can see it too. Continue reading

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Teaching Art to Learn How to be an Artist

We are focusing on art making as a way to think and draw upon what we already know about what we need to survive and prosper as artists and as balanced human beings. Continue reading

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