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Happy African American [Art] History Month

Monday, February 5, 2018 | Karl Cole

I have decided to apply officially to change the name of one of this month’s official designations to include African American Art History Month (although I haven’t really). When ...

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Drawn by Curiosity: El Rito, New Mexico

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

One of the things we love about New Mexico is the diversity of art and cultures. Driving around you never know what you might find. We were interested in going to El Rito, a tiny town not far from Geo ...

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I See Green!

Monday, January 29, 2018 | Karl Cole

No, I’m not seeing “green” as in a stack of cash or a salad on my supper plate. We had a recent snow melt, and I actually saw grass that looked greenish. In mid-winter, that’s ...

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Happy Birthday Pioneer Cubist/Surrealist

Monday, January 22, 2018 | Karl Cole

I always like to celebrate artists who show a wide variety of stylistic exploration. Francis Picabia is certainly one of them. ...

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Join SchoolArts Magazine and CRIZMAC for Tres Culturas in Santa Fe and Taos

Saturday, January 20, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

Stevie Mack and I invite you to join us and SchoolArts Magazine in Santa Fe and Taos in July. Experience the spectacular scenery of New Mexico and learn about the rich history and artistic vitali ...

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It's All How You See It

Monday, January 15, 2018 | Karl Cole

Winter landscapes full of snow are a joy to behold. Of course, snow in the mountains is even more joyous to behold. Imagine a series of photographs that presents piles of various materials as landscap ...

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Cano's Castle: Outsider Art in Southern Colorado

Sunday, January 14, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

This weekend my husband and I drove up to just across the border from New Mexico into Colorado, to Antonito and discovered Cano's Castle, just off the highway. I found in in Things to Do on TripAdviso ...

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Voices/Choices

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | Nancy Walkup

How can we give our students more choices to find and express their individual voices through their art? And where can you find guidance to bring this about in your art room? Davis Publications, the p ...

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What's in a Number?

Monday, January 8, 2018 | Karl Cole

It’s 2018 now. Does the number eighteen conjure up anything for you? A lot of people make a big deal about turning age eighteen, but for me that just conjures up nightmares of bullying, a face b ...

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A Multicultural Proclaimer

Monday, December 18, 2017 | Karl Cole

Westerners usually think of the Archangel Gabriel in terms of Christmas cards depicting the Annunciation, when he proclaimed to Mary that she would conceive Jesus. Well, it turns out that he was a mul ...

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Don't Look Now...

Monday, December 11, 2017 | Karl Cole

I may be a broken record on the subject, but in my virtual art history wanderings, I come across so many artists who have been significant in some aspect of the history of art, and yet they are not ge ...

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Mandala Sand Paintings by Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | Nancy Walkup

Yesterday we went to downtown Santa Fe to see a mandala sand painting in process by Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery. ...

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Visible/Invisible: The January 2018 SchoolArts

Friday, December 8, 2017 | Nancy Walkup

When I first wrote this, I was on a train headed home from the New Jersey Art Educators Conference, where I gave three presentations. This was part of a journey that involved planes, trains, and autom ...

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Temple on Active Volcano's Slopes!

Monday, December 4, 2017 | Karl Cole

I’m naturally concerned for Pura Besakih (Mother Temple). It is situated on the slopes of Mount Agung, which is currently causing havoc with its eruption in Bali. It survived a major eruption of ...

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Looking for Signs and Symbols

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Nancy Walkup

Since I moved to New Mexico, I’ve been on a search for the signs and symbols of prehistoric Native American petroglyphs;are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incisin ...

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Some Flourish While Others Decline

Monday, November 27, 2017 | Karl Cole

It drives me absolutely nuts as an art historian the way Western art history textbooks treat Mesoamerican and South American cultures in a peripheral way, yet fawn all over ancient Greece and ancient ...

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