Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Making a Six Month Pinhole Exposure

Via the Phoblographer, recommended by Wes Folsom

Matt Bigwood hails from the UK and has been a photographer since 1986, and recently showed us a photo from a long term project that he worked on. The photo above is a six month long exposure using a beer can converted into a pinhole camera. Pinhole photography is amongst the earliest forms of the craft, and it is practiced by many still even today. We’ve reviewed pinhole adapters for mirrorless cameras before and we’ve even taken part of World Pinhole Day: a once a year festival that celebrates all things pinhole.

Click here to read the full post at the Phoblographer.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Recycling thrift store artwork and other links

Thirft store art is fun to look at usually because it's terrible. These artists have made it awesome.

Stepping Out for Art

The Berea Arts Council presents 'Stepping Out for Art'. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 233 Battlefield Memorial Hwy. 

Event tickets can be purchased at the BAC gallery, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They also can be reserved by calling 985-9317 or emailing

Prices are $30 for BAC members and $35 for non-members. Non-members who join by Feb. 1 may purchase up to two tickets for $20 each.

Proceeds from the event will help fund BAC’s annual events, exhibits and programs.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Berea Arts Council with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

An interesting article in The Telegraph about how performance art should be sold.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Artworks of Pete Fecteau

I don't know about anyone else but when I attempt a Rubik's Cube I usually try to twist that thing around for about 37 seconds and then just take the stickers off and stick them all back on so it looks like I solved it. Don't judge me. Pete Fecteau takes it to a whole new level. He can probably solve a Rubik's Cube the right way.

You can check out his website here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

MoMA's Getting Tech

Apparently if you're super hip and have one of those new-fangled iFancy devices you can download the MoMA app! Here's the description via iTunes:

Home to the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. Now you and your kids can explore how artists use line, shape, and color, and create your own artwork inspired by MoMA's collection. Artists featured in the MoMA Art Lab app include Henri Matisse, Elizabeth Murray, Jean (Hans) Arp, and others.

Get creative and use the MoMA Art Lab app to create a sound composition, a shape poem, a group drawing, and more, then save and share your artwork (parental setting available). Digital play is a great way for families to learn about art, discover artists' processes and inspirations, and spend time together. "
It's $2.99 and I have no idea if it's worth it. I don't have one of those fancy phones/pod/tablet-y things or else I'd check it out and write a review. It seems pretty cool though!

Recreating Rothko's work in Lexington!

The Actors Guild of Lexington is performing a play about Mark Rothko!

"Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting. Winner of the 2010 Tony Award." (via )

Check out this article in the Herald Leader about recreating all the artwork. Definitely not as easy as one might think.

The faux Mark Rothko paintings used during the production of Red are the work of Lexington artist DeAnna Rigney. Photo by Briana Scroggins (picture and caption thanks to the Herald Leader)

Rothko is probably my very favorite painter. When I studied abroad with Dr. Decker I got to see some of his work in person and it. was. incredible. Dr. Decker was pretty awesome too. Who are some of your favorite painters?!

Read more here:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

GC Alum: Jeremy Reiss

Via the email  I got about good things happening at GC:

"Jeremy Reiss, Class of 1998. As maybe you saw in our recent Facebook and Twitter postings, Jeremy’s design of a baseball poster (filled with slang about hitting) was featured recently on NBC Sports. Here is Jeremy’s website to see that poster and other examples of his terrific work."


Seniors are settling into plans for the Senior show, which opens MARCH 22!! When talking with one student today, I was thinking of the work of Japanese video artist Tabaimo (1975--). Her piece "Dolehouse" is below (also available on Art21

Her drawings and video installations deal with isolation, contagion, and instability in her society - contemporary Japan - and, it seems, too, in others. She draws upon Japanese art forms such as ukiyoe woodcuts, manga, and anime. The settings are often communal - places where folks gather. Even if the subject or medium of her work is not of your interest, consider her process. She notes that she approaches work “as though I spread a piece of paper in front of me and began throwing things on it.” Isn't this how many of work in our mediums -- be they words, graphite, ink, toner, paint, yarn? I encourage all of the seniors to view the work of other contemporary artists on the Art 21 site. And, of course, come by and talk with the faculty! (Juniors, it's never too early to start thinking about senior show!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Volunteer sign ups underway for Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2013

Volunteers are needed for Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2013. The Kentucky Arts Council's fine art and craft marketplace featuring the work of more than 200 Kentucky artists attracted 10,000 visitors last year to downtown Lexington. The 2013 Market is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

The Market will be March 1–3, 2013, at the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St.

It takes many hands to produce a large-scale, successful event of this kind. Volunteers are needed from Thursday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 3, to work shifts of three hours minimum. (See available times for specific days on the registration page.)

Register to volunteer:

Please note:
  • Shifts will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When a time is no longer available it will be removed from the sign-up form.
  • By submitting the volunteer registration form you agree to work during the days/times you selected.
If you have already signed up, information will be emailed to you closer to the event.

For more information or to ask a question, contact:

Charla Reed
Kentucky Arts Council
21st Floor, Capital Plaza Tower
500 Mero St.
Frankfort, KY 40601-1987
502-564-3757, ext. 485

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Art Exhibit at EKU Giles Gallery

Eastern Kentucky University’s Giles Gallery will host an art exhibit by Kentucky painter Deward Eades from Jan. 22 to Feb. 22 in the Lower Gallery. Eades’ works address a wide variety of objects and moods, from satisfaction and delight to social awareness and human nature.

A joint reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Eades exhibit and the juried exhibition examining the “Crossroads” theme of this year’s Chautauqua series on display in the Upper Gallery Jan. 22-Feb. 22.

Gallery events are free and open to the public. Group tours are welcome. For gallery hours, call 622-8135.

Check out the press release in The Richmond Register!

Sunday, January 20, 2013


17 Ways To Make Graphic Designers Cringe
Let this be a lesson to everyone...or maybe just me because I'm terrible at graphic design.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Call for Entries: Digital Art Show

All digital students and recent alumni, there is a call out for digital work that will be exhibited at the Scott Co. Arts Consortium. The entry deadline is February 10, with NO ENTRY FEE. There is a Juror's award of $100. In addition, there are opportunities to automatically be included in the SCAC summer show, "Framed".

I expect all digital emphasis students to apply!

Let me know if you have any further questions,


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Check out the Jonathan LeVine Gallery! They have a pretty nice website (Darryl, what's your opinion?). I like it because it's nice and clean: not too busy, lots of negative space and simple fonts. Of the two current exhibitions, I think I like the Aakash Nihlani's "Portal". It reminds me of tan grams and I'm really attracted to the geometry in all of the pieces. The super neon colors don't hurt either.

The other exhibition, Haroshi's "Virtual Reality" is pretty cool too though. I really like all the colors. I also can't believe that a lot of those sculptures used to be skateboards. It all looks so smooth. Wow.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Opportunity: Show art

Calling all sculptors and installation artists! Share your artistic passion on See.Me - a new creative community - and have a chance at over$125,000 in awards, including your own massive billboard display in Times Square, New York City

It’s free and easy to join. Click Here to Participate
Join before January 29, 2013 11:59pm ET and be eligible for over $125,000 in awards.

Color games are fun!

Check out this awesome color matching game that takes you through tests like matching hue, saturation, complementary colors and more. In the center a time with a specific shade (or shades) will appear and you move your mouse to match the exact color. It's not as easy as it sounds. I was terrible once you had to focus on more than one color at a time.

Also, beware this game is a serious time waster. I've spent about 15 minutes playing it already...

Color: A Color Matching Game

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fact: textile arts are awesome

The GIF Guide To Knitting
Lets start a knitting club with this delightful but totally helpful tutorial on how to knit as found on Buzzfeed!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Check this artist out: Jason Gowans

"Representing a three-dimensional structure on a two-dimensional platform can make a figure fall flat. Vancouver-based photography technician Jason Gowans found this same principle to be true of vast landscapes trying to be captured within photographs. The essence and expansive beauty of the earth is lost on a medium without physical depth."

I found this guy on this Tumblr but you can visit his website here.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Slow Art Day - April 27, 2013

What a cool way to appreciate art! Go visit the Jacobs Gallery or the Wilson Gallery and get your art on!

"One day each year – April 27 in 2013 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing."

You can follow the Tumblr here.

The ABCs of Architects

Check out this super cool Vimeo Staff Pick for "every architect you need to know, A-Z" as found on Buzzfeed.

The ABC of Architects from fedelpeye on Vimeo.

Opportunity: Artists and Writers needed

Art students: working for the Georgetonian is a great way to develop your portfolio as an artist or writer.

Email NEW Georgetonian Editor Caitlin Knox if you're interested in pursuing an opportunity working with the campus newspaper or if you have questions. Her email is:

Join Caitlin and the staff of the Georgetonian on TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th @ 5pm for a meeting. See poster above for info.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Opportunity: part-time art instructors

The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) is seeking part-time, as-needed instructors in the fields of arts and sciences. We have several immediate openings in visual arts, as well as many opportunities to teach this summer.  These are contractual positions with hours dependent on the number of classes and programs offered by the LASC each season. Minimum qualifications include: experience teaching and/or working with children, a bachelor’s or higher in Art, Science, or a related discipline, and/or significant professional experience in these fields.

For a complete job description and application instructions, please visit: LASC Employment Opportunities.