Ghada Amer – Embroidery and Paint

9/5/18 Ghada Amer is a contemporary artist who emmigrated to the United States from France in 1995 at the age of 32. Her abstract portrayals convey a sense of subtle revolt that incite emotion. Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt and lived there until the age of 11 when her family moved to France. Amer’s […]

Julie Mehretu – Abstract Artist

8/21/18 I came across an article titled “Who are the Top 10 Most Expensive Living Women Artists?” I wasn’t sure what the relevance was with regard to such information and found the title a bit strange. I guess that’s why I kept reading! The article had to do with living women artists and compensation for […]

Folk Art and Grandma Moses

7/13/18 When I think of the term “Folk Art” it conjures up the vision of art of the people. Wikipedia describes it as art created by an indigenous culture, peasants and tradespeople. In essence, it is art of the people. Folk Art encompasses a wide variety of mediums that are generally utilitarian in nature rather […]

Figuratively Speaking – Mira Dancy

7/3/18 This week I’m back to visiting some contemporary art and came across Mira Dancy. Dancy came to painting through the encouragement of some college professors while at Bard College. She later received her MFA from Columbia University. Growing up as one of 10 children she recalls her mother giving birth at home and by […]

Levina Teerlinc – A Master 16th Century Miniaturist

6/23/18 Have you ever come across an exhibit of miniature portraits? I remember seeing a small collection at a museum in Boston. I can’t remember if it was the MFA or the Gardner museum but I was immediately intrigued. It was as if the artist had miraculously created a masterpiece with all the detail of […]

Edmonia Lewis – Neo Classical Sculptor and Woman of Color

6/11/18 Born in Greenbush, NY in 1844 Edmonia Lewis became the first professional sculptor of African/Native American and Ojibwe heritage. Her work speaks to emancipation and revolved around aspects of the Civil War and abolitionist movement. Edmonia did not come from an affluent family. In fact she lost both her parents at the age of […]

Harriet Hosmer 19th Century Sculptor

5/28/18 Harriet Hosmer although not widely recognized is considered one the most distinguished American sculptors of the 19th Century. Born in Massachusetts in 1830 she was raised by her father after the age of 12 when her mother and 3 siblings passed away. Harriet was rather tomboyish in nature and was encouraged by her father […]