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Portland Public Art, photo by Tamara Muldoon

Expose Yourself to (Public) Art

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Visitors to Portland, Oregon are sometimes astounded by the number of public art installations in the downtown area.  Strolling through the central city, a person encounters a diversity of artworks on nearly every block.

Since 1980, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have required a percentage of the cost of new construction or major building renovation projects within their jurisdictions to be earmarked for purchase of permanent artworks. …more…


Grand Center Art Walk 2012

The Grand Center, St. Louis’ cultural arts center, is hosting its 2012 Annual Spring Art Walk on Friday, May 11, from 5 to 9 pm. Every year, the Grand Center hosts this celebration of art in its four blocks of galleries, museums, theaters, and restaurants. The Art Walk brings together art lovers all over the city for a joyous spring evening. Visitors can follow the 1.5 mile …more…

Aaron Hockley 2011

Portland Photo Month

April is Portland Photo Month, an event which is not a product of any one organization, but rather a collaboration of art galleries, nonprofits and individual artists. Portland, Oregon is a city of artists and art enthusiasts and accordingly is home to a multitude of artists who express themselves through the medium of photography.

Numerous Portland art galleries specialize in photography. Among these are Black Box Gallery, Blue Sky Gallery, Camerawork …more…

Lindsey Carr. "Gifts From The Red Barbarians." Acrylic ink and gold leaf on watercolor paper. Courtesy of Roq La Rue and the artist.

Lindsey Carr and Handiedan at Roq La Rue Through May 5

Lindsey Carr. "Gifts From The Red Barbarians." Acrylic ink and gold leaf on watercolor paper. Courtesy of Roq La Rue and the artist.

You won’t find Lindsey Carr’s Pavo Simulacrum in Audubon’s The Birds of America. And you won’t find a pulp novel or a vintage burlesque poster quite like Handiedan’s mischievous pin-up girl collages. These two contemporary artists subvert familiar images and styles—naturalist painting for Carr and the pin-up …more…

Pam Mummy_Words_courtesy of Port of Portland

In Our Element

Passengers traveling through Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon this summer should allow extra time to enjoy the series of rotating art exhibits that grace its concourses. From April 1 through October 15, 2012, PDX is featuring an exhibit entitled “In Our Element.”

The display includes sculpture by eight Pacific Northwest artists—most are from Portland—that represent the elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood. The contributing artists are: Richard Cawley, …more…

Station North Arts District

Open Walls begins in North Baltimore

(Credit: Catherine Mezensky)

Open Walls is a new outdoor mural project in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment district. Street artists from all over the world are painting 20 murals this spring and they hope to be done in time for the Final Friday event on May 25, 2012. The project will include notable artists from around the country, including Overunder, Maya Hayuk and Candy Chang. Murals are being painted …more…


Fine film or fine wine? April delicacies at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art

Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art kicks off Spring with an event-filled month. The Museum begins April with an outdoor film event on April 5th followed by a tribute to Pinot Noirs at April’s Wine Tasting on the 13th.

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amid the street noise: short films on the terrace
Peck Sculpture Terrace

All Together Now anuncia el segundo evento de cine jurado con artistas locales. Películas se proyectarán …more…

Bjorn Krondorfer

Loyola Integrates Visual Arts into Lecture Series

(Credit: Loyola University Maryland)

Each year in March, Loyola University Maryland presents another speaker in the Jerome S. Cardin Memorial Lecture series, “The Art of Dialogue: Jewish Christian Relations in a Post-Shoah World”. The responsibility for finding the speaker rotates between the school’s academic departments and this year it fell to the Fine Arts department. They selected Bjorn Krondorfer,  an artist and professor of religious studies at St. Mary’s College …more…

Susie J. Lee. "Still Lives: Exposure," 2010. HD video portrait in framed, matted LED monitor. Courtesy of the artist and Lawrimore Project. Photo: Ryan K. Adams.

Susie J. Lee: A New Media Sensualist Reaches Out

Walk through new media artist Susie J. Lee’s Rain Shower (2007) at the Frye Art Museum, and you become a part of the piece.

As you cross the dark, seemingly empty gallery, patterns of light fall on you, and you are bathed in a subtle, sensual barrage of sound and soft color. Sometimes you hear whispers, sometimes singing, and at other times booming and crackling, overlaid with slow, tinkling piano music. ...more...

Bus design by Sloke One

Austin Art During SXSW: Graffiti Art and Mass Marketing Collide at a Drive-In

We are living in an age where Banksy may still be a mystery, but Austin-based graffiti artists like Nathan Nordstrom, or Sloke One, proudly promote their talent online and, as it turns out, at organized public promotional events. ...more...

Preston Singletary, "Warrior Mask," mold-blown and sandcarved glass with horsehair, 2001, 14 x 10 x 7 in.  Collection of Larry Gabriel. Image courtesy of the Anchorage Museum.

Frostbite and Long Tongue: Tim Remick and Preston Singletary at the Anchorage Museum

One thing to love about the Anchorage Museum: its artists render beauty from some very… remarkable materials, like seal intestines, and walrus oosik. Two new shows at the museum, solo exhibitions of the photography of Tim Remick and the glass works of Preston Singletary, don’t use remarkable body parts, but depict them. ...more...

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen

(Credit: Nfutvol of Wikimedia Commons)

Gero Verheyen’s travel and nature photographs are on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in downtown Baltimore.  The exhibit is on display in both the Fine Arts Reading Room and the Maryland Reading Room. Both black and white and color photographs are included. Moments in Time: the Landscape and Wildlife Photography of Gero Verheyen will be at the Central branch of the Enoch Pratt …more…


Join the Discussion

An Art Forum will be held in Portland, Oregon on Monday, March 5 giving arts advocates an opportunity to hear from candidates running for the Portland Mayoral seat and City Council discuss their position on the role of local government in the arts community.

The free Art Forum promises to be a lively interaction that will give supporters of the arts a chance to learn more about these candidates and how …more…

Claire Taylor, But It Was So Delicious Wasn’t It Though,, French-knot embroidery on crushed aluminum can, 5.5 x 1 x 5.5 inches

Gallery 110’s 2012 Juried Exhibition, Feb. 2-25

The First Thursday Art Walk in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a popular Seattle institution. The first Thursday of every month, museums and galleries downtown keep their doors open late, admission fees are waived and studios welcome throngs of art enthusiasts. It’s a popular time for shows to open, and last Thursday was no different. ...more...


The Art of Self Tracking: An Artist Talk with Laurie Frick

“I’m convinced the way we unconsciously slice our time reflects the underlying structure of our mind,” Frick says in a statement. “I began self-tracking as a way to measure and then reverse engineer the unique pattern of ourselves. I believe there is something comforting and compelling about human metrics and realized I was not alone. Many, many people measure something about themselves every day.” ...more...

Still life

Explore “The Common Object” at MICA

The Common Object is an exhibition of over 60 still life paintings created by 31 Zeuxis artists and their associates. It is now on display at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Zeuxis (named after a prominent painter in ancient Greece) is a group of painters work to continue to explore still life painting as many contemporary artists disregard it. The Common Object is on tour and the fourth and last stop is here in Baltimore. It originally opened at the Prince Street Gallery in New York City in October 2010. ...more...

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First, Last or All

Many cities set aside one day a month where art galleries are either open late or have a special event to encourage the public to come see their shows. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Portland, Oregon’s First Thursday, by now a venerable institution in Downtown and the Northwest Portland Pearl District.

When condominiums replaced dilapidated warehouse and industrial buildings in Northwest Portland, many artists and galleries were priced out …more…

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

“Moving Right Along” Entertains Baltimore Travelers

Credit: C. A. Mezensky

As train travelers hurry to their destination this winter, they have an engaging new exhibit to greet them at Baltimore’s Penn Station. “Moving Right Along” is a small show in a vacant store in the station’s lobby. The three pieces included are a sculpture, an animation and an interactive painting.

“Walls of Love” by Artemis Herber is a set of bright red cylindrical cardboard sculptures. They are …more…

Diana Al-Hadid, Gradiva’s Fourth Wall, 2011, polymer gypsum, wood, fiberglass, paint

The Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas Celebrates the New Year with an Open Invitation to the Public

Diana Al-Hadid, Gradiva’s Fourth Wall, 2011, polymer gypsum, wood, fiberglass, paint

On Friday, January 27th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, The University of Texas at Austin’s Visual Arts Center cordially invites the public to a free, spectacular reception honoring the first four exhibitions of the 2012 season. There will be plenty of refreshments, enticing art, and knowledgeable art folk there with which to mingle.

The first artist to be featured in the …more…

Olympic Sculpture Park, aerial view with Richard Serra’s Wake (2004), © Richard Serra / Photo: © Benjamin Benschneider Photography

The Olympic Sculpture Park Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

“Does anyone have a business card?” our docent asks.

Ripping the offered card carefully and expanding it to a rough Z shape, the docent explains how the project designers, Weiss/Manfredi of New York, came up with the Olympic Sculpture Park’s unusual layout. Voilà! ...more...

Image Courtesy of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Of Free Concerts and Nimrods

The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra is giving a free concert this Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the West High School Auditorium (1700 Hillcrest Drive, Anchorage). Doors open at 1:30 pm, and seating is first-come, first-served. No tickets are required. The concert will last about an hour. ...more...

Isaac Layman. Untitled, 2011. Photographic construction, ink-jet on paper. 95" X 59".

An Interview with Isaac Layman: A Seattle Artist Finding Paradise in His Own Home

Isaac Layman. Untitled, 2011. Photographic construction, ink-jet on paper. 95" X 59".

Isaac Layman has taken the art world by storm with his evocative, large-scale photographic constructions, which transform the banal into the hyper-realistic, haunting and enigmatic. Drinking glasses, used tissues, heating vents: Any object in Layman’s Seattle home can become the object of an intense visual meditation, captured over and over from subtly different angles by the artist’s high-resolution, …more…

Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian and the Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Museum: Cool Stuff Made Of “Weird” Animal Parts

It’s a great week to visit the Anchorage Museum: over the next eight days, the museum will be closing four special exhibits to make way for three new ones, opening in February. Since its expansion in 2010, the Anchorage Museum is now large enough that you can easily miss the great stuff. Here are my suggestions on what to see over the next week. ...more...

Ross Palmer Beecher, Hershey's Chocolate Quilt (1986), stitched tin with wire, bike tire tubing, auto tail-lights. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Five Hot Seattle Art Shows to Catch This Year End

Time is running out for 2011, as it is for a number of top-notch Seattle-area exhibitions. If you’re yearning for a little culture fix to fill your holiday leisure hours, here are five shows to catch in the next few weeks: ...more...


Las Vegas Architecture- Frank Gehry’s Lou Ruvo Center

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the collaborative project between Larry Ruvo, the owner of the largest distributor of wine and spirits in Las Vegas and Frank Gehry, the California based, Toronto born architect.  Together they have created a world renowned institute for brain research and health, officially the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  It is hard to miss this impressive structure located in just off the …more…