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Famous Women Artists – Or The Lack Thereof

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Famous Women Artists – Or The Lack Thereof

Women Artists

I found this article about the lack of knowledge of famous women artists, and the subsequent updating of it. As a woman artist, I believe it is important to bring overlooked women artists to the forefront of our consciousness. Start with naming the women artists in the photo above. Can’t recognize all of them? You’re not alone.  Read this article then share to spread the word.


Generous Billion Dollar Gift From Leonard Lauder To MET

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Woman in an Armchair (Eva) by Picasso

Woman in an Armchair (Eva) by Picasso

Cosmetics billionaire, Leonard A. Lauder has promised his Cubist collection worth over $1,000,000,000 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings of the titans of cubism: Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Leger. Thomas P. Campbell, the Met’s director, says “It is an unreproducible collection, something museum directors only dream about.”

Leonard Lauder and his brother Ronald are heavy hitters in the NY art collecting world. According to the NY Times, Leonard Lauder says of his collection “You can’t put together a good collection unless you are focused, disciplined, tenacious and willing to pay more than you can possibly afford,” Mr. Lauder said. “Early on I decided this should be formed as a museum collection,” and “whenever I considered buying anything, I would step back and ask myself, does this make the cut?”

The MET is planning an exhibition of the collection in the fall of 2014.

Leonard Lauder in 2012



Guidelines To Help You Decide Where To Exhibit Your Art

University of California Riverside Botanic Garden

On June 17, 2011, I wrote “Photo Contests – Beware – They Might Try To Rip You Off” about carefully selecting where you show your work. I have come across two recent articles that expand on this idea, and are worth reading.

Everyone is scrambling to make a living these days. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think nothing of taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of artists. Do your homework before plunking down money to a gallery, contest, or inclusion in a book.

The majority of artists do not gain success by participating in contests or paying for wall space. Success comes through honing your talent and participating in the art world by attending gallery and museum openings, and networking within that world. One person talks about you to another, and you get an exhibit when your work fits the needs of a curator’s future show.

There are several galleries that charge a monthly fee to join. They are nonprofits, and are dedicated to furthering the career of artists. They are supportive and introduce their artists to collectors and curators.  Many artist have gone on to success in the art world. Did you know Man Ray was once a member of Los Angeles Art Association?

Then there are the for profit galleries that charge a “wall space” fee, or monthly fee or both. Some also take a percentage of the sales proceeds. These galleries need to be scrutinized. Some try to lure you in by feeding off your ego. They will say you were chosen from thousands of artists. Others promise exposure to collectors and curators. Check out their reputation, talk to their artists, and see if these claims are true. Read the following informative articles. They provide a good guideline to help you decide if you should get involved. One of them lists galleries to be especially careful of.


Internship Opportunities at National Gallery of Art, Washington,DC

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is accepting internship applications for 2013-2014. The Gallery offers three different internships, each having different projects, eligibility requirements, and terms. Internships in the Museum Profession, Graduate Curatorial Internships, Summer 2012 Internships. Applications and information are available by clicking here.

Saint Francis of Assisi Quote

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Saint Francis of Assisi

He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

– Saint Francis of Assisi

Italian Catholic Friar and Preacher

(Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; born 1181/1182 – died October 3, 1226)

Internship Opportunity at North Carolina Museum Of Art

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Hey students, some of you may have seen the blog I recently posted about the North Carolina Museum of Art. I visited over the Memorial Day Weekend and was so pleased I had to share my impressions with you. I just found out that the museum is accepting applications for internships. They are not paid, but this is such a great museum, I think anyone who is looking for an internship will really enjoy the experience. Click here to link to the info page. Deadline is June 15, 2012. Good luck.

East Wing of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Artist-In-Residence Opportunity

Jeffrey Frisch working on his art at Huntington Beach Art Center

Here’s a great opportunity to be an Artist-In-Residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center in California. I highly recommend this venue because it has large working spaces, a helpful staff, and a curator, Darlene De Angelo, who loves artists and thinks like one as well. By that I mean she is able to conceptualize an artist’s project and give them the freedom to execute their ideas. All in all it is a great experience for any serious artist.

If you are a follower of my blog, you know that I created Economy Portraits as an Artist-In-Residence at HBAC in March/April of 2011. Economy Portraits was favorably reviewed and was awarded Best Art Show of 2011 by the OC Weekly. It is now a book and can be purchased through my website or on Amazon. I could have never made Economy Portraits without being Artist-In-Residence at HBAC.

Adult, professional artists working in creative disciplines, including visual, performance and interdisciplinary arts are eligible. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2012. Full details and submission guidelines and form are available by clicking here. Good luck.

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