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The problem with problems

If you work in the arts in higher education (or any education, for that matter), you are likely talking or hearing more about “complex problems,” or perhaps “wicked problems.” These are shorthand for a wide range of messy, persistent, usually negative aspects of civil or global society — hunger, inequity, racism, terrorism, climate change, sectarianism, […]

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 - Watch the Heats

The Heats for the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 start next week. There are six heats in the first stage of the Competition taking place in the North East, North Yorkshire and South... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

What Book Should I Write? (Curious Monday)

Not too long ago, I sat down to figure out what I was going to do with my book, I'd Rather Be in the Studio. The first edition was published in 2008 and the last e-book-only edition in 2015. While most if it is still relevant, it could probably use an update. Show More Summary

4th John Ruskin Prize Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 John Ruskin Prize was recently announced - and the names of the artists are listed below Theme for 2017 The theme of the 4th John Ruskin Prize is "Hand & Eye:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

The New V&A Photography Centre

The new Photography Centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) will open in the Autumn. Yesterday the Museum: released the first visual of what one of the largest galleries within a suite of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Get the Most of the Best Ideas from the Brightest Minds

The best ideas from brilliant minds are everywhere. Information has become free. The internet has commoditized things we once paid to access… if we even knew where or how to find them. There are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Canaletto and the Art of Venice - recommended

Canaletto and the Art of Venice takes over the entire Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace and displays an extremely fine collection of drawings, prints and paintings of Venice by Canaletto. I was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Belonging gone bad

The idea of “belonging” has long been a key point of aspiration and advocacy for the arts. Art builds empathy. Art builds community. Art infuses a sense of belonging into a world so desperate for it. In these conversations, the problem is framed as a “lack of belonging,” and arts experiences are the solution. But […]

7 Essential Verbs to Live By

I built Art Biz Coach on action. The first iteration of this newsletter back in 2002 was titled "Do This" (Zzzzz) and had an action at the end of each issue. My book, I’d Rather Be in the Studio, is broken down into 16 actions. As we learned when diagramming sentences in 4th grade, verbs are where the action is. Show More Summary

A new lens on ‘excellence’

Arts initiatives that seek social change often face an identity crisis: They are driven by passion, purpose, meaning, and making, but they are generally described and evaluated by more traditional measures. Worse than the challenge of a square peg in a round hole, “arts for change” projects aren’t pegs at all, but multi-dimensional efforts that […]

Life Is Beautiful and I Have Proof

All is right with the world. I have proof. I'm at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition. I arrive early with Rob, my trooper of a husband. He’s agreed to be my companion through the permanent collection galleries before our afternoon ticket time. Show More Summary

Why? Questions for Self-Motivation

Most weeks I write as if I have all of the answers. I don’t. Far from it. I write about what I’ve experienced or witnessed. When I don’t know an answer, I know the best way to find it: Ask. Questions can help us think more comprehensively...Show More Summary

Bodleian Treasures and Painting by Numbers

If you're ever in Oxford, as I was on Friday, I urge you to go to the Weston Library on Broad Street Oxford (opposite the Sheldonian Theatre). There are two displays of note involving natural history... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

"Sketch" 2017 - sketchbook exhibition opens at Rabley Drawing Centre

The 2017 SKETCH Open Sketchbook Drawing Prize aims to promote diversity and the importance to contemporary creative practice of both: drawing and  he role of the sketchbook 100 artists’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Pandora Sellars (1936-2017)

Pandora Sellars, whose paintings played a key role in the resurgence of botanical art in the UK - and across the world - died last week in her home county of Herefordshire. Pandora Sellars - Blue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Adele Block Bauer and 'Woman in Gold'

I've just watched the film Woman In Gold on BBC - about the portrait of Adele Block-Bauer by Gustav Klimt - and had to keep restraining myself from reaching for my iPhone to check what the outcome... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

How to Leverage an Article About Your Art

Congratulations! You had an article written about your art. [caption id="attachment_24349" align="alignright" width="350"] ©Juliet R. Harrison, Coming Into the Frame. Photograph. Used with permission.[/caption] Whether it is in a newspaper...Show More Summary

Pink Floyd's Fabulous Mortal Remains at the V&A

You might wonder why I'm reviewing an exhibition about a band on art an art blog. There again you might wonder why a band like Pink Floyd is having a major retrospective exhibition at the Victoria... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Review: Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2017

The 2017 Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters struck me as being very different this year. To me, it seemed as if: here are fewer portraits of celebrities - or maybe the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Do You Know the Worst, Good, Better, Best Ways to Sell Art?

Here are four ways to categorize how you sell your art. There are the worst, good, better and best ways to sell art. We’ll cover them all here. Let’s talk about the first way, which is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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