Thomas Hart Benton at the Missouri State Capitol

A weekend trip to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City was the perfect way to combine my passion for art and my boyfriend’s interest in politics.   There is no better time to visit than the present, as this month marks the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton. Seeing Benton’s State Capitol Murals in person […]

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Cultural Intersections and Illuminations at the Nerman Museum

Last Sunday, I had a wonderful time visiting the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  This museum is proof positive that not all of Kansas City’s cultural treasures are on the Missouri side of the state line.  The Nerman has an impressive permanent collection, representing local artists […]

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Impressionist France at the Nelson-Atkins

It is the closing weekend of Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from LeGray to Monet at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  I had been meaning to see this since it opened.  But between healing from a broken elbow, moving, an odd work schedule, and so much more, I had a crazier-than-usual holiday […]

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Communitea

Artist Norleen Nosri created a tea set, epic in scale and ambition, for the city hall as part of Columbia, Missouri’s Percent for Art program. In this video, she discusses her goal of fostering social interaction through the ritual of enjoying tea. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/qJuNxmpF_1I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Her ceramic pieces are aesthetically beautiful on […]

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Five Life Skills Learned in Art School

Think a BFA or MFA is useless?  Think again.  It may not translate immediately into a high-paying job, but it gives one a toolbox of creativity that will last a lifetime.  Just because nobody wants to pay you to paint full-body portraits of Rod Stewart surrounded by strawberries doesn’t mean you don’t have skills that […]

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Maya Lin’s Silver Missouri

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk by the accomplished artist and architect Maya Lin at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Lin, best known for winning the contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. when she was a 21-year-old architecture student (kind of makes every other […]

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A Very Brief History of the Female Nude in Western Art

I had a great conversation with my friend Christina the other day.  After having read my post about the Overland Park Arboretum controversy, she told me that she is drawn to the female nude in her own art, and it sounds like she is exploring the various potential implications of it.  We talked about how […]

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Lost and Found

Good news today in the art world: the BBC reported that a collection of an estimated 1,500 works of art looted by the Nazis has been located in Munich.  The Nazis seized as many as 16,000 works of art: for the sake of censorship (modern art was found to be “degenerate“), for the sake of […]

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News Flash: Art World Still Sexist

It has been an interesting week for women in contemporary art.  In case anybody still thinks that maybe we’ve moved beyond needing courses/books/exhibitions devoted specifically to women in the arts, Neo-Expressionist artist Georg Baselitz this week stated, “Women don’t paint very well. It’s a fact,” claiming that they “simply don’t pass the market test, the […]

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Arty Halloween

Halloween is the most magical time of the year for artists and creative types.  Since we don’t get out of school or work for this most joyous occasion (although we should), I try to encourage my students to come to class on Halloween (or the day before or day after) by offering a few extra […]

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