Texas Society of Sculptors

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With over one hundred members working in a variety of mediums and styles, the Texas Society of Sculptors is a non-profit organization chartered in 1971 in order to educate the public about sculpture, promote the work of sculptors, and serve as a liaison between sculptors nationally. While it is a Texas-based organization, membership is open to sculptors and sculpture enthusiasts nationally. In this months post, several board members of the Texas Society of Sculptors were kind enough to share their thoughts and experiences about their time with TSOS and in Austin.  Continue reading

Code of Best Practices

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts by The College Art Association

The College Art Association’s (CAA) newly published pamphlet, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, is intended as a guide to assist visual arts professionals in understanding the principle of “fair use” first set forth in the 1976 Copyright Law as it relates to current practice in creative and scholarly work. Over the last two years, a series of focus groups made up of a broad spectrum of practitioners including artists and designers, art and architectural historians, curators and museum professionals, editors, educators and scholars gathered in closed meetings in New York, Washington D.C., Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles to develop commonly shared guidelines and standards in their respected fields. Continue reading

Metropolises of LA County

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Robert Irwin – Miracle Mile. Photo by Ian Abbott, Creative Commons Licensed

Somewhere in the labyrinthine center of Los Angeles sits the sprawling facilities of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A gorgeous complex, it is a rare bit of public space in the busy streets and closely spaced neighborhoods. But the LACMA is not a respite from LA. On the contrary, the permanent sculptural works on display represent the metropolis precisely. Continue reading

Michèle Karch-Ackerman: The Ghosts of Things Set Apart

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‘Foundling’ Installation. Photo by Liz Lott.

Four the four years of university, I had a summer job working on the grounds maintenance crew – the “garden gang” – of a psychiatric hospital in the city of North Bay, Ontario, about 200 miles north of Toronto.

It was an enormous facility, situated, campus-like, on hundreds of acres carved out of the northern Ontario bush in 1957. Lovely on the exterior – flower beds, gazebos, etc. – the institutional brick complex of interconnected buildings housed the demons that society deemed should be shut away and apart from society, miles away from the city of which it ostensibly was a part. One – or maybe some – of those demons inhabited a person I worked with briefly, and who ended up beating a staff member to death. Continue reading

Play Hard

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Jillian Mayer (American, born 1984), Swing Space. Performance and installation: video projection, swings, 2013. Seen here at Locust Projects in Miami, Florida. Photo by Zach Balber, courtesy of Jillian Mayer. © Jillian Mayer.

After spending twenty minutes bouncing, bumbling, and fumbling around what seemed like a cross between a giant net and a landscape straight from the mind of Dr. Seuss, a whistle blew and we slithered down to the base of the membranous surface to give other visitors (in this case, some dozen elementary-aged children and their chaperones) a chance in this surreal environment.   So, with some difficulty, I shimmied out of one of its many orifices and was eventually expunged upside-down onto the mat below.  I’d been to the Toledo Art Museum many times before, but never had I experienced anything like this. Continue reading

Direct Mail For Sculptors

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Direct mail is often referred to as “junk mail” but if it is used properly it is anything but “junk”. The usage of direct mail has been declining for many years brought on by the recession and a shift towards digital media. There may not be a better time to use direct mail as the competition for space in the mailbox has declined and studies have shown that direct mail can be very effective. Continue reading

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