Category Archives: This and That

The high art of visibility: How I am learning to use social media to promote my art

There are lots of different ways for an artist to approach developing an on-line presence and build a social media network to bring visibility to their art. Developing a social media network is really developing an electronic way to stay in touch with people you know, and to meet and build relationships with others who share your interests. Continue reading

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The Art of the Little Free Library: Its Always The Season To Read

One-of-a-kind artist painted Little Free Libraries will be on display at the Story Pottery in Mineral Point, Wisconsin for the month of December. The non-profit Little Libraries project promotes reading for children, literacy for adults and libraries around the world. 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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The Double Edged Sword: Should Artists Donate Their Art?

Most artists wrestle with being asked to donate artwork to multiple charity and silent auctions for organizations usually offering in exchange business-related results such as exposure, recognition, and a tax deduction. However the most an artist is likely to receive is a warm feeling for donating to a good cause. So, when do art donations make sense for the artist? Continue reading

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Reclaiming the Bluebird of Happiness in Art and Action

My watercolor painting, Bluebirds Love Sumac, was painted in celebration of the fall sumac and the restoration of bluebird habitat. I’m delighted the painting was chosen for the cover of the 2011 Dane County Cultural Commission Calendar. Continue reading

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Wearing Your Art on Your Sleeves … and Everywhere Else

I have been asked several times lately to direct people toward the tutorial I created earlier in the year to show how I use digital images of my watercolor paintings to create fabric designs that can be printed using the online print-on-demand site Spoonflower.com. I decided to share it here again this week to make it easy to find. 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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Making Art out of Hardship: Remembering the Artist and Activist Rae Atira-Soncea (1953-2009)

The only way to properly mourn a person like Rae Atira-Soncea is to organize opportunities to recognize her creative work and to bring people together to figure out how to put their creative thinking into action. There were many ways people knew Rae personally and professionally, and all of them reflected an acknowledgment of her fierce commitment to positive social change through community building and creative actions that acknowledge the integrity and potential of all individuals. 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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