Sunday, August 7, 2011

CALL for ENTRIES: SNAP Mail Art in Canada

CALL for ENTRIES: SNAP Mail Art in Canada: "

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Remember when green beens were everyone’s “go to” vegetable? They were in every frozen meal and stocked in everyone’s pantry for a quick addition to any meal. I suspect that’s how they got their bad reputation with kids. I have noticed lately that sugar snap peas seem to be the new green beans. Luckily, I love them, and kids seem to like the fact that they are a little sweeter than tried-and-true green beans. Deciding to enter this next exhibition should be (you guessed it)… a snap. Take a look…

Check out this Call for Entries from the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (SNAP Artists) for their Mail Art Exhibition This all hung exhibit has no entry fee. Here’s another great way to get an international show on your resume. Entries are limited to three…

Learn more about the SNAP Mail Art Show!CALL for ENTRIES:

SNAP Mail Art

ELIGIBILITY: Local, provincial, national and international (all) artists

MEDIA: Text or image based work of mail art. Submissions must fit be packaged to fit through their mail slot 3.81 x 25.4 centimetres (1.5 x 10 inches).

DEADLINE: September 7, 2011

NOTIFICATION: None. This is an all-hung exhibitition.

ENTRY FEE: No entry fee. Please limit submissions to 3 per artist.

For more information, Read the Full Call!

*Editor’s Note: At the time I wrote this submission, their website was down, but you can read the full call on their Facebook page that is linked to Read the Full Call above.

Learn more about the SNAP Mail Art Show!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Free NYC Museum Hours (Pass what you wish too!)

Everyday Free and Suggested Admission NYC Museums
Museum websiteHours or Special Conditions

African Burial Ground Memorial Site

American Museum of Natural History

American Numismatic Society

Bartow-Pell Mansion MuseumGrounds ONLY

Brooklyn Museum

Bronx Museum

Center for Book Arts

Drawing Center

el Museo del Barrio

Federal Hall

Federal Reserve Bank of NY

Fisher Landau Center for Art

Forbes Galleries

General Grant National Memorial


The Grolier Club

Harbor Defense Museum of Fort Hamilton

Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica

Historic House TrustSome free, some donation, some set fee

Hispanic Society of America

Maritime Industry Museum at the State University of NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Museum of Biblical Art 

museum of Bronx History

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts

National Jazz Museum in Harlem

National Museum of the American Indian

New York Public Library

New York Tolerance Center

Nicholas Roerich Museum

The Onassis Cultural Center

P.S. 1 MoMA

Queens County Farm Museum

Queens Museum of Art

Sandy Ground Historical Museum

Scandinavia House

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Sculpture Center

Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration

Socrates Sculpture Park

Staten Island Museum

Studio Museum in Harlem

Swiss Institute

The Cloisters

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Museum at Eldridge Street

Yeshiva University Museum

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

China Institute Gallery 6-8pm

Staten Island MuseumNoon-2

Wave Hill9-Noon 

Queens Botanical Garden3-6

Bronx Zoo

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust4-8

Staten Island ZooAfter 2pm

Yeshiva University Museum5-8pm

NY Botanical Garden Grounds Only

Van Cortlandt House Museum

El Museo del Barrio6-9pm

China Institute Gallery 6-8pm

Museum of Arts & Design6-9pm

New Museum7-9pm

Museum of Chinese in America

Children’s Museum of the Arts4-6

Museum of the Moving Image4-8pm ONLY

Museum of Modern Art4-8pm ONLY

New York AquariumAfter 3

Morgan Library & Museum7-9

Whitney Museum of American Ar6-9

Yeshiva University Museum

Japan Society6-9

International Center of Photography 5-8

Folk Art Museum5:30-7:30

NY Hall of Science2-5 EXCEPT July & Aug

Rubin Museum of Ar6-10pm

 Asia Society6-9 (does not apply from July 1 through Labor Day)

 Neue Galerie6-8 First Friday ONLY

 The Noguchi MuseumFirst Friday ONLY

Children’s Museum of Manhattan5-8 First Friday ONLY

Brooklyn Botanic Garden10-noon only

NY Botanical Garden 10-noon only Grounds Only

El Museo del BarrioTHIRD Saturday ONLY

Guggenheim5:45 to 7:45

Jewish Museum 11-5:45

Wave Hill9-noon

Queens Botanical Garden4-6pm

Frick Collection 11-1

Studio Museum in Harlem

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Billy Collins poetry and animation.

There's more at
I think I might want to be an action poet when I grow up.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Free Drawing Books?! has them! All public domain.
As does Project Gutenberg
Read a book. Learn stuff.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My friend Ricardo made a video of his bodypainting.

If you like body paint or hot guys, be sure to check it out.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Make art. Do good. Submit.

CALL for ENTRIES: Postmarked 2011

Learn more about the 7th Annual Mail Art Show!For many years, inmates from around the country wrote to the Prison Library Project and they were amazed by the artwork that accompanied requests for books. These beautiful illustrations were their inspiration for a mail art exhibition and fundraiser.

Postmarked was developed seven years ago for the Claremont Forum’s Prison Library Project, which sends books free to prisoners in the U.S. upon their request. Providing education and opportunity to learn about mail art, view new and established mail artists’ works, and to participate in the experience of creating and sending mail art. Now in its 7th year, this exhibition is one of the largest in California.

Learn more about the 7th Annual Mail Art Show!ELIGIBILITY: Open to all.

MEDIA: Please send submissions of mail art of any size and medium to: Postmarked 2011, Prison Library Project, 112 Harvard #303, Claremont CA 91711. ONLY the side with the official USPS Postmark/barcode will be displayed. Your mail art may be painted, stamped, collaged, printed, and/or otherwise decorated or constructed. It may be any shape and size that will go through the mail and receive an official postmark.

Your submission may get worn or torn through the mail, but the handling process is an important part of the theme. Only the side with the postmark can be displayed, due to space limitations, but the art doesn’t have to be limited to that side. You may include any message inside the envelope, which will be opened only by the person who purchases the art envelope. You may submit more than one piece… and begin sending now!

Learn more about the 7th Annual Mail Art Show!DEADLINE: Entries must be postmarked by May 31, 2011.

ENTRY FEE: No entry fee.

WHY SUPPORT the PLP? “Rehabilitation was at one time a stated goal of the prison system. Today, funding for most educational and rehabilitation programs, including prison libraries, has been cut or completely eliminated. It is a distressing fact that today’s U.S. prisons are increasingly about punishing people and warehousing human beings, not about, rehabilitation, or education.”

“This is where PLP steps in. We believe that everyone deserves access to literature and educational materials, including people trying to work towards social change, self-empowerment or rehabilitation within the incarceration system.

Learn more about the 7th Annual Mail Art Show! The U.S. has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, but more than a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

Nearly one percent of American adults are incarcerated, the highest rate in the world, but many prisoners have little access to books or educational material. They face substantial barriers and are cut off from family and friends on the outside. While some prisons have libraries, many do not. Of those that do, access and selection can be extremely limited. Usually, prisoners are not allowed to receive books from friends or family. Thus, programs like ours are one of the few options available to these individuals.” –from the PLP website.

Learn more about Postmarked 2011 online!

Learn more about the 7th Annual Mail Art Show!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Advocate for the Arts

Advocate for the Arts
Tell your representatives to restore funding for the NEA and Arts Education.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Because you can't always get a model when you need one.

Or maybe because you're bothered by all that pesky skin covering your model.

Posmania: "Posemaniacs is a site offering 3D, rotatable figures in a variety of poses for drawing. It has a program that chooses random poses and gives you a time limit to draw them and a perspective editor that makes guidelines for one-point perspective.

Though most of the site is in Japanese, the Google translation is pretty understandable.
from Metafilter.

Also recommended are Practical Anatomy and if you perfer your anatomy more abstracted here's a great collection of sculptures.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I love street art.

Finding an unexpected piece is so exciting and can evoke a small or provoke a thought.
I would so do it if I was more comfortable with the risks. I am enamored of artists who put their art out for people to find. Some do it in big ways like you can see at which uses googlemaps to find streetart.
Others do it more subtle like Kim at who leaves little stones with messages for people to find.
It's all good.
Trying to figure out how I will do this.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What should you paint today?

I say to just ignore this and paint what speaks to your heart. But just in case you wanted to know....

Selling Paintings: Which Subjects Sell Best?: "All painters know that some subjects sell better than others. Whether these are subjects you want to paint and whether you should be painting specifically for the market are two thorny questions. Only you can decide whether you want (or need) to paint with a view to selling as much as possible, or whether you can focus on painting subjects you choose. Of course, if your favourite subject happens to be the same as the market's, you're sitting pretty.

According to a Art Business Today survey in 2003*, these were the Top 10 best-selling
subjects for paintings in the UK:

1. Traditional landscapes.
2. Local views.
3. Modern or semi-abstract landscapes.
4. Abstracts.
5. Dogs.
6. Figure studies (excluding nudes).
7. Seascapes, harbour, and beach scenes.
8. Wildlife.
9. Impressionistic landscapes.
10. Nudes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wikipedia Color Resources

From the always great

Wikipedia Color Resources
There are lots of color resources on the web, for artists, designers and others, but an often overlooked one is Wikipedia, the venerable user-edited online encyclopedia.

Whatever you may say about the reliability of the information on Wikipedia (or from Britannica, or any other single resource, for that matter), I rarely consider a source like Wikipedia a place to end a search, but, like Google, a place to begin one.
Though not specifically an artist’s resource, Wikipedia’s color related articles are numerous and varied.
You might find it interesting to start with their “List of Colors“. The list includes a lot of non-artist colors, like “British Racing Green” and “Psychedelic Purple”, but the familiar artist pigments are there too. Links for those lead to articles with information about the pigment, including source materials, history, chemical composition, lightfastness, typical use, hazardous qualities, color system numbers and sometimes more.
Some are grouped; Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange and Cadmium Red all lead to a single entry for “Cadmium pigments“, but some have more extensive and interesting listings, like the history behind Ultramarine.
There are articles about Color TheoryColor Vision, the Color WheelComplimentary ColorPrimary ColorHueSaturation and many other related topics.
Though hardly an exhaustive resource on color for artists, it does seem a valuable resource to add to your virtual palette.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snowed in & can't get to the museum?

Google to the rescue!

Explore museums and great works of art in the Google Art Project: "One of the things I love about working Google is that you can come up with an idea one day and the next day start getting to work to make it a reality. That's what happened with the Art Project—a new tool we're announcing today which puts more than 1,000 works of art at your fingertips, in extraordinary detail.

It started when a small group of us who were passionate about art got together to think about how we might use our technology to help museums make their art more accessible—not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close.

We're also lucky here to have access to technology like Picasa and App Engine and to have colleagues who love a challenge—like building brand-new technology to enable Street View to go indoors! Thanks to this, and our unique collaboration with museums around the world, we were able to turn our 20% project into something you can try out for yourself today at

You’ll find a selection of super high-resolution images of famous works of art as well as more than a thousand other images, by more than 400 artists—all in one place. And with Street View technology, you can take a virtual tour inside 17 of the world’s most acclaimed art museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Tate Britain & The National Gallery in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Officer and Laughing Girl, Johannes Vermeer (The Frick Collection, New York - U.S.)

Here are a few things you can do:
  • Dive into brushstroke-level detail: On top of the 1,000+ other images, each of the 17 museums selected one artwork to be photographed in extraordinary detail using super high resolution or “gigapixel” photo-capturing technology. Each of these images contains around 7 billion pixels—that's that’s around 1,000 times more detailed than your average digital camera—and a specially-built “microscope view” uses Picasa to deliver thie images at amazingly high resolution. You can zoom in to see Van Gogh’s famous brushwork [link] or watch how previously hard to-see elements of an artwork suddenly become clear—such as the tiny Latin couplet which appears in Hans Holbein the Younger’s “The Merchant Georg Gisze.”

  • Explore inside the museums: the Street View team designed a brand-new vehicle called the “trolley” to take 360-degree images of the interior of selected galleries. These were then stitched together and mapped to their location, enabling smooth navigation of more than 385 rooms within the museums. We also created a new clickable annotation feature, so you can jump from being inside a museum one moment to viewing a particular artwork the next. Once inside an image, an info panel lets you read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos. Gallery interiors can also be explored directly from within Street View in Google Maps.

Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy—with a view on Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”
  • Create your own collection: With the “Create an Artwork Collection” feature, you can save specific views of any of the artworks and build your own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends, family or on the web using the integrated URL shortener.
We’re incredibly excited about this project—it’s our first step toward making great art more accessible, and we hope to add more museums and works of art in time. So whether you’re a student, an aspiring artist or a casual museum-goer, we hope the Google Art Project gives you a fun and unusual way to interact with art—and hopefully inspires you to visit the real thing.

Posted by Amit Sood, Head of Google Art Project