There is no question that we are faced with both change and challenge today within the arts community. One of the questions that we are all faced with is what subjects are important to us? What merits personal advocacy at a time when we hash and rehash topics in the public sphere until we are blue … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: The Art of Politics
The most creative people you know can also seem like the happiest people, right? According to a new University of Otago study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, the path to a happier state of mind requires you get creative ― quite literally, and just once a day. The study suggests that people who do at least one creative activity a … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Stay Happy and Creative!
We're thinking about Stormy Weather this week, as we close out the year, with just a few days left for entry to one of our favorite shows at the Annapolis Maritime Museum! Thus, we were particularly struck by the unique images of Nick Steinberg's exploration of fog in San Francisco and how this dynamic weather … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Fogaholics Unite!
For today's Thoughtful Thursday, we turn to Ikeda Manabu and his incredibly intricate masterpiece, Rebirth. This extraordinary interpretation of the natural world is the type of artwork that we love to see in our annual Stormy Weather exhibit - take a moment to get inspired for your own entry, by December 28!
And now another piece of inspiration for those of you preparing your entries for Art on Paper! If you've spent any time on the internet in the last few months, you might have already stumbled across the work of Chinese paper artist, Li Hongbo. He is a sculptor whose work is rooted in the traditions … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Watch Your Head
Getting ready for Art on Paper this year? This all-paper show has been a popular MFA exhibit for years now and to help jump start your entry take some inspiration from one of our favorite paper artists: Charles Young. So check this out. In 2014 Charles Young started Paperholm, a daily paper-only project on his tumblr page … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Get a Fold of This
We love when art pushes societal boundaries and makes a statement. Nowhere is this more true than in the powerful show by Kehinde Wiley, recently featured by Public Radio International. "Wiley currently has a show at the Petit Palais in Paris called “Lamentation.” It features 10 monumental works in stained glass and oil on canvas. Each portrays … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Reclamation of an Ancient Art
Happy Thanksgiving! While you all are cooking, eating, and watching football today, we know you're also thinking about the things in your life that make you thankful - and so are we. Here are just a few of the things we're grateful for this holiday season: 1.The dogs that pass through our doors! Who wouldn't love … Continue reading Thankful Thursday: 5 Things the MFA is Thankful For
Art on Paper opens soon, and to get you ready we'd like to introduce some paper inspiration and something just to think about. So check this out: Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist living in the UK who creates these fascinating illustrations using only glue and paper folded and cut to create intricate, vibrant, three-dimensional pieces of … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Art on Paper and Yulia Brodskaya
A fascinating show has just gone up at the Louisville KMAC Museum in Kentucky . The show, called "Sister of the Moon", features 16 women-identifying artists from a variety of backgrounds and belief systems working in a wide range of media. The curation of the show goes back to the ancient idea of women being mystical, magical, and … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Women, Art, and the Occult
Have you seen this yet? This stunning .gif is apart of the fascinating film Loving Vincent, a biopic about the artist's life and death animated entirely using oil paintings. Considered the first (and maybe the last) of its kind, this film when brought to completion will contain 62,450 frames, each frame a new oil painting done … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: November 3rd
It's finally fall, which means PSL's, infinity scarves, and my favorite holiday: Halloween, the one holiday where it's socially acceptable to walk around in corsets and animal ears. The images we put on ourselves are, historically, supposed to scare one another. The practice of dressing up for Halloween was started by the Celts when on All Hallows … Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Can Art Be Scary?