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Judy Chicago hits home with past work
Judy Chicago stands on a balcony holding a glass of wineIn the 80s, Judy Chicago created a series of work that she called PowerPlay where she captured male bodies caught between aggressive self-assertion and vulnerability. At the time, the works didn't hit home with many. But that's taken a turn recently. 

The artist posted images of some well-known male politicians recently in the news juxtaposed with three of her paintings from the 80s. It struck a chord and brought PowerPlay back into the spotlight. 

Read more about how, and why, PowerPlay has hit home with so many and what the artist has to say about it all in this article. 

What Judy Chicago's Work Reveals About Toxic Masculinity 
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Annie OBrien Gonzales
Annie O'Brien Gonzales' work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Anything Goes
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Female Artists Making a Statement in Land Art
a rolling field Within Western art, the 60s and 70s were groundbreaking in that artists began to use the land as part of their art. Although it had been done for centuries in other parts of the world, it was a revolutionary idea here. 

This article lists ten female land artists who transformed the way we look at art and made significant advancements in their field. 

Once you've read the article, why not hop over to our Facebook Group and leave your thoughts on earthworks and land art. 

10 Female Land Artists You Should Know

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An Interview with Paula Castillo
a welding torch with flame over metal"Paula Castillo is a priestess of modern metallurgy, recombining the scrap and detritus of Industry into abstract sculptures that quietly reckon with earth and man." 

This article includes a studio visit and in depth interview into her work, her life and why she creates what she does. She admits to being involved in other artistic endeavors including video (which she does anonymously) though she is best known for her metal work. 

She lives and works in New Mexico and has been involved with our organization for some time. 

Studio Visit - Paula Castillo 
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Janice Wall
Janice Wall's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Industrial Burn, Mixed Media 
Layered Paper Monoprint, 24" x 24" x 2"

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Marketing yourself
If you want to create a business out of your art, you need to reach people who might want to buy. This article gives advice to artists on marketing themselves and is worth a read. 

It includes topics such as:
  • Honing your voice
  • Tapping your friends for market research
  • Using the tools you're comfortable with
  • Experimenting with different types of posts
Once you've had time to go through their advice, head over to our Facebook Group to discuss the advice given and add any of your own that you think others could benefit from. 

How to Market Yourself as an Artist
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An announcement of a painting for auction raises the topic of equality
An auction house in Vienna is selling a significant painting by Artemisia Gentileschi. "Lucretia", the painting on auction, has been in an aristocratic collection since the 19th century. 

This article raises the topics that so many of us have been working for, equal representation in the art world, equal pay in the museum world, and suggests that paintings such as Lucretia are increasingly relevant during this period of time.  

Deciphering the Genius of Artemisia Gentileschi During the #MeToo Movement
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Mary Kay Boulton
Mary Kay Boulton's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

Bakelite Tote
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Questioning shows featuring only women artists
It's an interesting question. Do all-women art shows help the issues of gender disparity within the art world or do they further segregate art from each gender?

In this article, curators discuss the question and give their opinions on how all-women shows are helping, or hurting the cause. 

From arguments of these events being highly marketable, to the fact that for decades, many shows were all-men without being sold as such, these curators cover a range of topics. 

Read the article for the full discussion. Then head over to our Facebook group to share your thoughts on this topic. Do you participate in all-women art shows? Do you think they are helping the issues surrounding gender disparity? 

Curators Debate the Pros and Cons of All-Women's Art Shows
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Differences and similarities captured in photographs
a camouflage pattern shown up closePhotographer Sarah Blesener traveled through Russia capturing images of the children and youth involved in the patriotic clubs and camps in the country. Her work was published in America, but she found that headlines were sensationalized and the true message that she was trying to convey was completely overlooked. 

So, she took to the patriotic camps and clubs for American youth and captured images here, on American soil to show the similarities between the two countries and highlight organizations that many don't even know exist. 

Read more about her work and her message in this article

In Sarah Blesener's Photographs, Youth Patriotism in America and Russia Bear a Striking Resemblance 

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Mary Oishi
Mary Oishi's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Spirit Birds They Told Me
West End Press, 2011
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Gender disparity issues in photography
At this year's Recontres d'Arles, only 34% of photographers were women. A number of leaders in the profession decided to write an open letter to the event organizers to protest the gender disparity. 

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the festival, and the letter calls for equality to be brought into the festival. 

This article looks at the gender disparity, but also brings up the question of how change can be brought about without setting quotas or being accused of "positive discrimination". 

After you've read the article, join us in our Facebook Group to discuss the issues facing women photographers and how change can occur. What would you suggest the event organizers do to increase the number of women photographers involved in Recontres d'Arles?

Gender Disparity at the Recontres d'Arles Spurs a Debate About the Status of Women in Photography
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Anna Hyatt Huntington created the first sculpture of a woman in NYC
Unveiled over 100 years ago, the first monument in New York City that was created by a woman was of a woman - a bronze statue of Joan of Arc. 

Now that the city is looking to improve the number of female sculpture subjects, it's worth taking a look at the first one to grace the streets of New York. 

This article looks into the life and work of Anna Hyatt Huntington, the creator of the Joan of Arc sculpture that became a call to stand up for the rights of women. She was among the highest paid professional women in the United States at that time for her animal sculptures, married later in life and refused to stop learning. 

New York's First Feminist Monument is Hiding in Plain Sight
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Signe Stuart
Signe Stuart's work can be found in A Room of Her Own.

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Portraits of Fiber Art
strands of colorful cord hang downCayce Zavaglia creates portraits of people with fiber art.

She says, "I can't do portraits of people that I'm not connected to. I think there's something about doing people that I know intimately, that puts something in the portrait that I can't put into words... or I don't want to put into words, because I want to keep it private. But making the portrait, says everything I can't say with words" says Zavaglia. 

Studios: 'Verso' - The Embroidery of Artist Cayce Zavaglia
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Art as a business
a laptop sits on a desk with the word dream spelled out beside itCan an artist also be a good business person? Absolutely. And this article looks at some of the key areas to focus on: 
  • Be smart about financials
  • Work the numbers
  • Understand the diverse considerations of growth
  • Build a support system
"Building a business can be a different form of creativity, a kind of "living canvas" that is constantly evolving and requires multiple creative choices every day." 

After you've had a moment to read the article, why not head over to our Facebook group and join the conversation on running your studio like a business. 

The Surprising Key to Artistic Freedom? Running Your Studio Like a Business.
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NM Women in the Arts Artist Rebecca Anthony
Rebecca Anthony's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

Native New Mexicans
Paper Collage 14" x 11"

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A Muse to Picasso and an artist in her own right
Francoise Gilot spent a decade of her life with Pablo Picasso. They had two children together and she was known as his muse. But she is a talented artist in her own right. 

She has just released three books of her drawings, documenting her time in Senegal, India and Venice. The drawings are often not quite finished, and the artist says it was intentional. 

Read more about Gilot's life and her art in this article

Picasso's Former Muse Francoise Gilot, Now 96, Debuts Worldly Drawings of Her Own - See Them Here
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A different kind of art sale is accepting submissions
a stack of coinsThere is a new campaign that aims to expose the relationship between economic inequality in the art market and the growing debt burden that artists carry. 

"Debtfair" is run by Occupy Museums and 516 ARTS. New Mexico-based artists are being "invited to collectively exhibit their artwork within the context of their economic realities." 

The open call process is now open and the submission information can be found on this website. The selected artwork will be for sale, but in an usual way. Works will be sold in groups, the same way that debts are often sold. The proceeds from each batch will be divided between the artists in the batch. 

Once you've had a chance to look through the information, join us in our Facebook Group. Is this something that you'd be interested in? Tell us why you feel as you do!  

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Spotlight
Lisa Porter Lawrence's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

art by Lisa Porter Lawrence

Lisa Porter Lawrence, Sortie
Acrylic on Canvas 26" x 26"

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New documentary follows the life and work of Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama is one of the best known artists of our time. People stand in line for hours to view her Infinity series. But she has led a a graphic represents Kusama with red hair and a red polka dot backgrounddifficult and complicated life. 

Beginning with an unhappy childhood in Japan, moving to overt sexism in America, and battles with mental health, she has overcome so much to create her art. 

A new documentary looks at her life, her struggles and her success. Heather Lenz, the documentary filmmaker who decided to tackle Kusama's story, did so as a fan of Kusama's. And she ran into some of the same sex and race barriers that hindered Kusama's progress. 

Read more about the Yayoi Kusama and the documentary that Heather Lenz has created in this article. When you've had a chance to enjoy the article, jump over to our Facebook Group to share your thoughts. Is Yayoi Kusama an artist you learned about in school? Have you faced similar barriers in your work? 

'Kusama: Infinity' reveals the story behind one of the most popular artists in the world
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A legacy questioned for meaning
Francesca Woodman died at the age of 22 of suicide. It was 1981 and her large body of photography had yet to be appreciated for the artistry it held. 

Her parents, both artists, kept her work alive and became stewards of her legacy. Although she left journals along with her photographs, there are many opinions on the meaning behind her work. She experimented with techniques not used extensively during the 70s, and some of the outcomes have led people to see meaning in the images that others wonder if it was intended. 

Read more about Francesca Woodman's photographs, her artistry and her legacy in this article

Reevaluating Francesca Woodman, Whose Early Death Haunts Her Groundbreaking Images
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A garden outlives its beloved owner
A close up of green leaf lettuceGeorgia O'Keeffe was well known for her love of healthy food and fresh fruit and vegetables. She was rumored to complain about her lettuce wilting from the long trip between the farmer's market and her home. So, in 1945, she purchased a property that, after much hard work, would allow her to have her own garden for fresh produce. 

And that garden is still producing, cared for by descendants of O'Keeffe's own gardener. The garden is now overseen by the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and cared for by the grandchildren of the original gardener. 

What other aspects of Georgia O'Keeffe's life have you found interesting? After you've read the article on her garden, why not visit our Facebook Group and share your thoughts? 

How Georgia O'Keeffe's Garden Keeps Growing, Three Decades After Her Death
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Fighting xenophobia and other issues
After Brexit brought into the open anti-immigrant rhetoric and xenophobia, two women artists came up with an idea to fight the 'pale, male, and stale' art world. 

They created a series of shows with other women and non-binary artists of color to show connections from different cultural identities to overcome the issues that are all around. 

To see some of the artwork in the current show, and read what some of the artists have to say about the show and their involvement in it, visit this article

Subversive Artwork That Breaks Free of the 'Pale, Male, and Stale' Art world
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A female photographer made a name for herself during WWII
Lee Miller began her career after being pulled out of the path of a vehicle by mega-publisher Conde Montrose Nast. She graced the cover of Vogue at the age of 19. But she quickly grew from model to photographer, convincing a well-known photographer to be her teacher (despite him adamantly stating that he didn't take students). 

She had just settled in England when the country entered the Second World War which opened the door for her to become one of the few female war photographers of her time. 

Read more about her life and work in this article

The Vogue Model Who Photographed World War II - and Became a Surrealist Icon

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NM Women in the Arts Artist Spotlight
Jeanette Cook's work can be found in A Room of Her Own

A piece of art by Jeanette Cook

Jeanette Cook
Simplify and Complete

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A new prize for women in comedy writing
Shelves of colorful booksIn the past 18 years, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction has been awarded to a woman only three times. In response, Helen Lederer has launched the Comedy Women in Print Prize. She says that "more needs to be done to celebrate the achievements of women excelling in this field." She also hopes that the prize would "bring forward the next generation of female talent as well as shine a light on women who have an established comedy writing career." 

Read more about Helen Lederer's achievements and the Comedy Women in Print Prize in this article

What else do you think can be done to bring about greater equality in the arts? Jump over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation. 

Helen Lederer launches prize for funny female writers. 
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Images that mean more today than they did when created
Sixteen years ago, Nika Nesgoda took a series of photographs in which she staged religious scenes from old paintings and cast porn stars in the role of the Virgin Mary. One of her images featured Stormy Daniels, who has been in the news in recent months. Because of this, and because of the >>> of her work at this point in time, her images are now on display. 

About the reasons for this series, the artist said, "like the Virgin Mary, porn stars are icons. They are a cultural force, but they are rarely thought of as real people. They aren't expected to have personality or humanity. If we look at them, we don't really see them." 

Read more about Nesgoda's series and how it's applicable to everything happening in America today. Find the article here.

This Artist Took a Photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary. Now the 16-Year-Old Work is Having a Renaissance.
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Louise Bourgeois leaves teachings on being an artist
Louise Bourgeois accomplished more in her art during her lifetime than many can dream of. In this article, many of her teachings on "how to be an artist" are compiled. Though it wasn't a topic that she necessarily wrote about in one long article, her letters, musings and other writings certainly give some specific direction for artists. 

One of the more poignant lessons, Never Stop Making Art, is especially meaningful as Bourgeois continued to create until her death at the age of 98. There are some other good reminders for us all, no matter how long we have been working in the arts. 

What lessons would you want gleaned from your life as an artist? Jump over to our Facebook group to share your thoughts. 

How to Be an Artist, According to Louise Bourgeois
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Forgotten scientists given the spotlight
If you asked to name a female scientist, current day or historically, could you? Because so many can't, designer Amanda Phingbodhiakkiya decided to take on the challenge of reminding people that women have contributed some important work to science alongside their male counterparts. 

She created beautiful posters of 40 of the forgotten, or overlooked women who have contributed to their various scientific fields in significant and lasting ways. 

See some of her artwork in this article and read more about what motivated Amanda to focus on this topic. 

Beyond Currie: Forgotten Women Scientists Star in a Series of Beautiful Posters for Kids
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The art of sculpture is moving forward
A concrete circle in a concrete wallThe 20 women highlighted in this article are pushing the artform of sculpture forward. Using new and different materials in a variety of combinations, they are addressing sometimes difficult topics in unique ways. There are far more than the 20 listed, but it's a good place to start for some inspiration and a look into some of what is being accomplished. 

These 20 Female Artists Are Pushing Sculpture Forward
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Women set the bar in photography
Three women photographers from the Victorian England era pushed the boundaries of a little known art form to create unique, forward-thinking pictures. One photographed her family in unique and, sometimes risque, ways, while another took pictures of some of the most famous people of that time. The third aimed to make a name for herself and managed to photograph some notable people, including Theodore Roosevelt before he became president. 

Read more about how these women impacted the art form in this article. 

How Women Artists in Victorian England Pushed Photography Forward
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The psychological effects of rape viewed through art
A new survey of work by a broad spectrum of contemporary female artists takes a serious, and in-depth look at rape. Instead of focusing on the act itself, the exhibition delves into the psychological effects of rape, "her suffering, silence, shame, and loneliness." 

This article looks at the three generations of artists included in the exhibition and the difference between male artists portraying rape and the pieces included in this survey.   

After you've had a chance to read the article, why not visit our Facebook Group to add your voice to the discussion. What are your thoughts on how rape has historically been portrayed through art compared to the works in this survey?

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S.
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A dancer teaching truths
When many of us think of "dance", we think of bodies without limitations. But Alice Sheppard is challenging this preconception. The dancer performs from a wheelchair in a way that the chair and the dancer are one. 

She came to dance after accepting a dare from a dancer who had lost a leg from cancer. Once she started dancing, she quit her job in academia and took to the stage full time. 

Read more about her art and the impact it's having on the world in this article. 

Alice Sheppard is Moving the Conversation Beyond Loss and Adversity
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How Yentl was made and how it applies today
Barbra Streisand was the first woman to write, direct, produce, and star in a film. The film earned her a Golden Globe for directing - the first, and so far, only, for a woman. 

But what's the story behind the film? Streisand had to fight to get the film made. After purchasing the rights to the story, she was told the story was too Jewish for the commercial market, that she was too old to play the lead and much more. But sheer determination and incredible talent made the film a success. 

Read more about the makings of Yentl and how the difficulties apply to women in the industry today in this article

Praise 'Yentl', the Film Barbra Streisand Had to Fight Like Hell to Make
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Millions donated anonymously now given an identity
a row of paper dollsOver the last 22 years, Susan Unterberg gave $5.5 million to underrecognized female artists over the age of 40. And she did it anonymously. 

But now, she has decided to share about her role "so that she can more openly argue on behalf of women who are artists, demonstrate the importance of women supporting women and try to inspire other philanthropists."  

She was, once upon a time, in the same situation the women she supports are in and wants to promote women in the arts and equality in the art world. 

Read more about Susan Unterberg, her art and her role in supporting women over the past 22 years in this NY Times article. Then head over to our Facebook group to join the discussion. What do you think about Unterberg now going public with her anonymous donations? 

She Gave Millions to Artists Without Credit. Until Now.

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Central Park unveils design for new statue
An arial view of Central ParkIn all of New York City, there are only 5 statues of historical women compared to 145 statues of men. In 2020, a statue of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will be to Central Park. The two were women's rights activists and played important roles in the women's suffrage movement. 

The sculptor, Meredith Bergmann, had her design for the statue chosen from among 90 submissions. It is the first of necessary steps to include underrepresented groups in the statues in the park. 

Read more about the statue and the issues of underrepresented groups in this article. 

Here's the First Statue Depicting Real Women in Central Park, Coming in 2020
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Abuse comes in all forms
a faceless woman on a background of burn marksAnne Sexton was a successful poet who influenced women's rights and was a voice for the mentally ill. But after her death, it was also revealed that she sexually abused her daughter who was also the topic of many of her poems. 

We are so used to a man being the abuser and many of us have been able to dismiss the art of men who are abusers regardless of how successful they were before allegations were made public. But is it harder to do this when the abuser is a woman? 

The author of this article looks at the life of Anne Sexton and how the abuse she reigned down on her daughter can - and possibly should - change the way we look at her success and her art. 

When the Sexually Abusive Artist is a Woman
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Censorship of art
a close up of the stars of the American flagOn July 5, a flag art by Josephine Meckseper was installed at The University of Kansas. Almost immediately, a cry went up from Kansas' Republican lawmakers who claimed the art was 'disrespectful' because it disrespected the military and defaced the national flag. They demanded it be removed. 

The University gave in to the demands and removed the artwork last week. Read more about the flag art and the issues surrounding the censorship in this article. 

What do you think of this sort of censorship of art? Do you think the piece was disrespectful? Join the conversation on our Facebook Group

The University of Kansas has censored a flag art by Josephine Meckseper after Republicans claimed it was 'disrespectful'
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No degree in art
Kara Walker was only 24 when she found success in the art world with her mural "Gone, an Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart". At the age of 27, she was the second-youngest recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant. 

But what does she have to say to aspiring young artists? She wants to see change happen in the art world, and she believes that the next generation of aspiring artists will be the ones to make it happen. 

Watch a short clip of Kara's message and read the article about her work here. 

'There's No Diploma in the World that Declares You an Artist': Watch Kara Walker Lay Out Her Advice for Art Students
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National Gallery acquires work by female artist
For the first time in 27 years, the National Gallery in London has added a piece of art by a female artist. Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria by Artemisia Gentileschi was acquired after it was sold privately. Due to the time period that the museum focuses on (1250-1900), and their focus on Western art, works by women that fit are extremely rare and there are limited works by female artists to add to the collection. Read more about the acquisition in this article

The National Gallery acquired an artwork made by a female artist for the first time in 27 years
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The subject of the art
A graphic of a woman with flowers in her hairAudrey Munson was still a teenager when she moved to New York to pursue acting. She was quickly discovered and asked to pose for an artist - but it had to be naked. It took some work to convince her mother to allow this, but it was the start of a career sitting for artists for paintings and sculptures. She also acted in silent films once works with her image became well-known. But for someone who had her likeness everywhere, her story isn't well known. 

Read more about Audrey's life and what it meant to be the muse to so many artists. After you've had a chance to read the article, join the discussion on our Facebook group around what it meant to be a woman who was the subject of art around 1915. 

The Forgotten Story of Audrey Munson, Famous Muse and Fierce Advocate for Women Artists
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Mister Rogers Neighborhood lives on
a view of a suburban area from aboveDid you know Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood originated from Mister Rogers? The television show, aimed at young children, was created by Angela C. Santomero (she also created Blues Clues) and takes the first puppet ever introduced on Mister Rogers into a cartoon show. The show continues with the themes found in Mister Rogers for good, clean, children's entertainment. 

Read more about the story behind Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and the woman who created the show in this article

This Modern-Day Mister Rogers is Making Children's TV Good Again
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Friendship in a letter
three hands are clasped togetherWith so many people dealing with mental illness, this article is a good reminder that we should make the effort to reach out to those around us. 

In 1933, Georgia O'Keeffe was dealing with mental health issues and was hospitalized. Her friend, Frida Kahlo, reaches out through a letter to inquire about her health, share some day to day news and make plans to visit upon her return to area in which Georgia was currently residing. 

Though in no way an in depth letter, it should just remind us to support others in our lives be they artists, friends, family or acquaintances. 

Frida Kahlo Writes a Personal Letter to Georgia O'Keeffe After O'Keeffe's Nervous Breakdown
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Why Art is a big topic for a graphic novel
The word "why" is made out of question marksEleanor Davis tackles the question "why art" in her recently released graphic novel. 

Using sketches and a narrator, she looks at how to classify art in more than just visual form. She then uses a parable to explain her message to the reader. 

The overriding concept of the novel "reflects an unadulterated belief in the power of art, encompassing the varied philosophies of art." 

Once you've had a chance to read the article, join us on our Facebook Group for a discussion of "Why Art". Share your reasons for art with the group.  

A Graphic Novel Asks, Why Art?
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Collages communicating important messages
Two soldiers walking through dust or smoke are pictured from the chest downDuring the Vietnam War, artist Martha Rosler thought the anti-war literature needed a makeover. So she set out to revise the way protests are communicated. And she didn't stop when that war finished. She has tackled pressing issues around the world since that time through her collages.

Always a combination of comfort or every day living with the atrocities the world is experiencing, her works are easily understood to be a statement against the things going on around us. In the days of short attention spans and online snippets, her work allows her message to be conveyed quickly and easily. 

Read more about the messages she is communicating, how her art became what it is and the artists who came before her in this article

Martha Rosler's Powerful Collages Are A Wake-Up Call to America
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Science influencing the art world
A purple graphic representing a brain, on a black backgroundIn what is likely the first project of its kind, The Massachusett's Peabody Essex Museum is examining how the brain works to create art experiences that influence people.

They have hired a neuroscientist to study how neuroscience can influence the way we view art exhibits. Experiencing a decline in gallery attendance over the last decade, museums need to consider that society is changing and learn how to best engage with people to create enjoyable, repeatable visits. 

Read more about the neuroscientist who is leading the research and what it might mean for the art world in this Smithsonian article. Then head over to our Facebook Group and join the conversation about the idea of science influencing the art world

The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum
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Poetry to Discover
Finding new poetry can be like opening a door to a whole new world. And in this article, new poetry by five Indigenous women artists is featured. Ranging in style, topic and voice, these poems tell stories of the lives of their authors. Along with detailed information about the poets, a new piece by each of the five is included. 

New Poetry by Indigenous Women
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Art history has some gaping holes
The face of a woman lies in shadowIn this NY Times article, the history of black people in the art world is examined. From black artists historically being paid pennies on the dollar of what a Caucasian artist would earn, to black gallery owners being nearly non-existent and finding roadblocks at every turn, it gives the hard truth on what people of color deal with. 

It also highlights some of those involved in working towards greater equality for black artists in the art world and how they are moving to make inclusion the norm. 

Why Have There Been No Great Black Art Dealers?
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Judy Chicago pioneered feminist art programs
Fresno State Student UnionIn 1970, artist Judy Chicago began teaching at Fresno State. It was here that she pioneered the first feminist art program. This podcast explores how the creation of this art program led to the iconic installation that Judy Chicago is known for, The Dinner Party, and the women who were enrolled in the ground breaking program. 

The Artsy Podcast, No. 67: How Judy Chicago Pioneered the First Feminist Art Program
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