Thursday, July 26, 2012

Interesting read. . . on marketing and social media

I saw this publication in a resource on public art. This gives an interesting take on social media, marketing, and demographics. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The End of an Era: Herb Vogel

Early on. . . Herbert and Dorothy Vogel at the University of Michigan in 1978

Students in the Art of Collecting course this past spring will recall watching a portion of a video "Herb & Dorothy," a 2009 film about Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a married couple who began collecting in the early 1960s. They focused their attention on contemporary art, particularly conceptual and minimalist art. Think of straight lines, clean aesthetic, and acute color. At the time, AbEx and Pop were regarded much more highly (and thus were demanding higher prices). They attended art openings, met with artists, and became known simply as “Herb and Dorothy."

There are lots of collectors the world over. And, this year 2012, our department's focus on "The Year of the Collector" pays heed to such individuals who so generously share their works with broader audiences. First, and foremost, our own Dorothy (Jacobs) and the late Dr. Donald Jacobs who have shared their collection with us since 2002 (note: we'll have a 10th anniversary show this coming fall!); June Daves McCandless (thank you, Hannah for installing the Spring 2012 exhibition from her collection in our WAB foyer); John and Luanne Milward whose exhibition "A Passionate Pursuit: The Milward Collection" was on view in our Wilson Gallery this past spring; and our upcoming exhibition with collectors Warren and Julie Payne. For them, we are grateful.
Herb and Dorothy, in their home.
Among empassioned collectors, Herb and Dorothy are particularly amazing in their methodology. They lived and collected on their salaries and their pensions as civil servants and public workers. Herb worked nights sorting mail at the post office and Dorothy was a reference librarian in Brooklyn. Their persistence, scholarly approach, and genuine interest in art and artists are admirable, yet their words and deeds were also focused and within one's means, thereby demonstrating (to me) that the collecting of art can be a democratic endeavor.

Thank you for your generosity, Herb and Dorothy. And, Megumi Sasaki and Team Herb & Dorthy, who made the first film about the pair, and through their Kickstarter fund, were able to fund a second project. And, that dream lives on. The follow-up will be released as scheduled this fall. For Herb. Click here.

Herb and Dorothy at "The Gates" in Central Park, 2005

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Opportunity: Two-Year Position at KHS

KHS is seeking an energetic and creative Student Programs Coordinator to manage a pilot museum/school partnership initiative. We are looking for someone who is familiar with Visual Thinking Strategies, knows the arts and humanities and has regularly used object-based and document-based teaching with historical artifacts, artworks and documents in both formal and informal learning environments. The position demands a unique combination of creativity and attention to detail.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

LAL: Woodland Fair August

The 37th annual American Founders Bank Woodland Art Fair brings 200 artists to town and draws crowds of more than 60,000. LAL simply cannot pull of this enormous community engagement event without volunteers. Click here for volunteer positions or to sign up for a shift. or contact me for more information.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Opportunity: Development Director LAL

The Lexington Art League (LAL), Lexington’s oldest and largest visual arts organization, is seeking a new Development Director.


The LASC seeks a motivated, energetic, Gallery Director who will further develop and implement an exciting new direction in interactive and participatory art and craft exhibitions and peripheral programming in the Art Gallery at the LASC, as well as additional exhibit areas in the facility. The Gallery Director will develop the art gallery schedule; select artists for solo and group shows; procure, prepare and install exhibits; and collaborate with artists, staff, and community partners to develop the educational and interactive elements to the gallery exhibits. The Gallery Director will also collaborate with the Executive Director and program staff to develop and present peripheral programming for schools and teachers, children, adults, and families. This will include field trip programs, professional development programs, and exhibits and participatory events for community programming such as the LASC’s Day of the Dead Festival.

KY Preservation call for participation

Preservation Kentucky Art Show:
Preserving Our Kentucky Heritage
August 14, 2012 - St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Louisville

Local Art in the Highlands (Louisville) & Preservation Kentucky is looking for original art that expresses the Kentucky experience and why it should be preserved. Past LAH Opening Reception events have drawn folks from the region providing exposure to a wide variety of groups that may view the art on display through mid-November 2012.

Preservation Kentucky hopes for participation from across the Commonwealth and can work with you to get your work to Louisville for this exciting show. Local artists should arrange to have artwork in the gallery by August 5, 3-5 pm (2233 Woodbourne Ave, Louisville). We strongly encourage you to be part of the drop off as mingling with other artists and building community is a big part of what LAH is all about.

  • We have had such great participation that we are limiting (with some flexibility) how many pieces an artist may submit – up to 4 small pieces, 2 medium pieces, or 1 large piece.
  • All mediums of artwork that can be hung on the walls and are WIRED will be accepted.
  • Your pieces must be arrive by August 5 and remain for the duration of the show through mid-November unless sold.
  • Spread the word to other artists who may be interested in submitting. If you have any questions about the call for art, please contact Kim Torres at or text (502) 457-3864 ASAP.


UK Painter Search: August 20th

Opportunity at the Uni of Kentucky Art Department (see below)

Art: The Department of Art at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in painting at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a practicing artist, capable of inspired teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Applicants should be grounded in both traditional and contemporary practices in painting, as well as demonstrate an advanced understanding of the conceptual issues affecting contemporary art and have active exhibition record. Requires MFA and one academic year teaching experience beyond the TA level. The successful candidate will participate in monthly department-wide, cross-media critiques, and will play an active role developing the painting program. The studio teaching load is 2/2; departmental, university, and professional service is expected. Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send a letter of introduction, a one page artist's statement, a one page statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus, C.V., names and contact information for three references, 20 digital images of professional work and 20 digital images of students' work to Chair, Painting Search Committee, Department of Art, 207 Fine Arts Bldg., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0022. Materials must be provided on a Mac formatted CD/DVD, (in jpeg or Quicktime formats only; no PowerPoint please). Application materials will not be returned. Applications received by August 20, 2012 will receive priority consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Call to Scott Co. Artists: "Framed"

FRAMED August 1-31, 2012 

Calling all Scott County Artists:  participate in the second  "Framed: for artists with artists by artists" event which opens August 1, 2012. 
This exhibit gives all artists of all ages and abilities to participate as well as put on the event beginning to end.

Applications of intent to participate are due by noon, Tuesday July 17.  If there are more than 15 applications, names will be drawn out of the hat to select who will be a part of the event.  Artwork of those who get their names selected by random drawing will set a meeting date to plan and hang the exhibit.  Artwork is due by July 22.  

Continue reading for more information...

Opportunity: Internships @ KHS

Internships at the KHS! Contact Phyllis Gilman, Volunteer Administrator, Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601 email:     Email her for an application or go to the KHS website. for an application.  Internship are under the “learn” tab on the KHS site. 

#1:  Churchill Weavers: KHS seeks an intern with a passion for fashion! The intern will assist a project specialist in cataloging the Churchill Weavers fabric archive of 20th century hand-woven textiles. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a KHS signature collection and gain valuable experience in the areas of identifying museum objects and materials, collections management and care and artifact photography. 
#2:  Collections: KHS seeks an undergraduate or graduate level intern for the Museum Collections and Exhibitions department. The intern will gain broad, hands-on experience in researching collection objects and materials, collections management and care, and documentation and registration methods. 
#3:  Historical Markers: The Kentucky Historical Society’s Historical Marker Program is in its 60th year of existence. A flagship program, historical markers are one of the most visible, geographically diverse and popular resources that KHS offers to the public. KHS is in the midst of releasing a new smart phone application around this program. The application will help individuals locate, learn about and explore markers throughout the state by connecting the markers with collections materials (such as photographs 
#4: Education: The internship program will provide 5 weeks of training (3 hours per week) which will include content information as well as best practices in teaching and museum education. Weekly readings are also required. At the end of the 5-week training period, students will be expected to give tours of the Old State Capitol to school visitors for a period of 10 weeks. All interns are expected to be able to commit to an average of 6 hours per week (flexible schedule) for tours. 
#5: Registration:  KHS seeks an undergraduate or graduate level registration intern for the Museum Collections and Exhibitions department. The intern will gain broad, hands-on experience in records management, accessioning museum collections and processing loans, as well as collections management and care. 
#6: Special Collections: Intern will assist KHS staff with providing public access to KHS archival and library collections through collections processing, inventory projects and cataloging projects. Intern will completely process at least one oral history collection (which can consist of multiple interviews) from accession record level to final digitization and cataloging. 

These are great hands-on opportunities. Interested in receiving credit for this internship experience? See Dr. Decker

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Opportunity: Sell your art and join a group -- HURRY!

Calling all young arts professionals!
The Collective
The Collective is an opportunity to have your own art gallery space to show your work in a great location in one of Lexington’s best retail business locations for a very small commitment of time and money....Depending on how many participants we have this amount may be anywhere from 50 dollars to 200 dollars a month.  When your work sells, you pay no commission.  Your sales are each your own.  There will be a small percentage each month that will go into a gallery account to fund marketing and events at the gallery to promote the space and the artists...
No need to quit your day job or give up valuable studio time!  All you need to do is make art! The day to day management of the space will be covered but there will be opportunities for artists to contribute days in the gallery if they would prefer.  This can be as little as one day a month depending on your schedule.  The initial fit out, fixtures and preparation of the space will be completed by me and the space will be ready for you to bring work August 1stPlease contact Celeste Lewis at if you are interested or have questions. Space is limited and our deadline to decide on the partnership is looming.   We will be having first meetings at the space Thursday July 12th at 6:30PM and Monday July 16st at 6:30PM.  Please contact me if you want in!
(above text excerpted and copied from an email from Celeste Lewis -- consider this fantastic opportunity in Lexington.) 

Friday, July 6, 2012


"...the idea that identities are not fixed and do not determine who we are." Teresa de Lauretis, 1990.

Paintings by Anki King & Sol Kjøk
Performances by Elisabeth Færøy Lund
Curated by Bjørn Inge Follevaag
July 11–August 12, 2012

Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 11, 6-8pmAdditional performances by Færøy Lund on Fri, July 13 and July 20 @ 7 pm

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Art Truck

Folks in Boston have cooked up a great, new art initiative that serves up art from a truck.  White Walls Boston  is a mobile art initiative launched on June 30 that aims to make art accessible across the city. The first project offers a video installation projected through 1000s of light strands, shown above. This project was the work of Jesse Kaminsky and Vela Phelan, local artists.

Such a setting might surprise those passing by; and just like mobile food trucks -- it's here today and gone tomorrow (if not, sooner), as each DIY art project endures for 24 hours. Three such projects are planned for the summer. 

Check out the info and an interview with the developer Ethan Kiermaier here.