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A painting of a black woman touching herself sexually. The piece was created by Natalie Frank.

Painter Natalie Frank Recounts Her Experience With Sexual Harassment

If there’s anything that the #MeToo campaign has taught us, it’s that sexual harassment is so pervasive that it affects nearly every industry imaginable. And yet, there are still some industries in which we expect this type of behavior more so than in others. In the art world, for example, we don’t expect it as […]

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Two KKK members wearing white hoods.

Professor Converts American Flag into KKK Hoods for Art Exhibit

A Caucasian professor from the University of Miami is at the center of a heated controversy after she used the American flag to craft KKK hoods. The resulting image, which blends a symbol of patriotism with a symbol of hate, has the public divided as to whether it is a work of art or an […]

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A photo of a statue. The photo was taken inside the Berkshire Museum.

Attorney General Asks Court to Halt Berkshire Museum Sale

Back in July, the Berkshire Museum announced that it would be selling 40 of its most highly prized possessions in order to fund renovations, expand its endowment, and pursue a “New Vision” plan in which the institution would focus more on tech-driven exhibitions related to science and nature. The works, valued at $50 million, are […]

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A collage of photographs, letters, postcards, and illustrations---all of which encompass the postal art.

Postal Art is Making a Comeback

We’re all pretty familiar with the artwork associated with stamps: holiday designs, historical commemorations, nature, and so on. What we may be less familiar with, though, is the way an entire postal situation—stamp, envelope, and even the interior letter—can be a work of art either on its own or as part of a larger piece. […]

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A photo taken from the outside of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Met Issues Statement on UNESCO

America’s largest museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is making its political opinion known. Following the news of America’s exit from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Met’s president and CEO, David H. Weiss, publicly condemned the decision. In a statement published on the Met’s website, Weiss specifically called out President […]

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The Artist Trust's logo.

The Artist Trust: Making More Art More Possible

Tucked away in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is an almost miss-able nonprofit called the Artist Trust. Since 1986, the Trust has helped Washington State artists learn their craft and get the funding and support they need. Whether an artist is just starting their career or trying to keep it going, the Artist Trust aims to provide […]

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A pink ribbon with the words

Breast Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories Through Art

October 13 marks the opening of “We Are Enough,” an art exhibit centered on body positivity and the journeys of breast cancer survivors. It will debut at Chicago’s Oak Park Art League (OPAL). The exhibit is a collection of works gathered from more than 30 different artists. Julie Carpenter, executive director of OPAL, is hoping […]

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A giant sculpture of a nude black woman. The sculpture was created by Kara Walker and is titled, “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby?”

Kara Walker is Tired of Being The Art World’s Token Black Girl

Artist Kara Walker is tired of being put up on a pedestal. As a successful African-American female artist, she’s often seen as a symbol of diversity. But she’s fed up with that role, especially since she never asked for it in the first place. Walker recently took to Instagram to voice her opinion in the […]

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A photo taken from the outside of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Upcoming SFMOMA Exhibits You Won’t Want to Miss

Some stellar exhibits are coming to SFMOMA in the coming months—not to mention some recently-added displays that are available right now. Robert Rauschenberg, Julie Mehretu, Isamu Noguchi, and more will have multidisciplinary work on display in the coming months. As you might expect, these exhibits are made possible by a series of donors and arts […]

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A comic of two men hiding behind a podium. One man says to the other,

5 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Nothing kills creativity faster than fear. Those who struggle with stage fright know this better than anyone else. But here’s the good news: stage fright can be overcome. Professional musicians, dancers, speakers, and other performing artists use the following tips to subdue the effects of stage fright. 1. Medication A medication called propranolol can be […]

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