Curator's Corner

Curator's Corner

Gem of the Month: Joan Mitchell

Monday, November 27, 2023 | Karl Cole

As a fiend for color in painting, it will come as no surprise that I absolutely worship the work of Abstract Expressionist painter Joan Mitchell. It’s very confusing to me—no, it’s i ...

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Native American Heritage Month: The Totem Tradition

Monday, November 20, 2023 | Karl Cole

Of all the material culture produced by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the totem is likely the most easily recognizable. Totems are monuments created to represent and commem ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Linda Haukaas

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Karl Cole

In Plains cultures, art forms associated with women (such as quilling and beadwork) and those associated with men (including ledger art) were, like gender roles, complementary. The art forms of both m ...

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Native American Heritage: The Anasazi

Monday, November 6, 2023 | Karl Cole

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, let’s take a look at one of the many cultures that occupied regions of the United States before European settlement: the Anasazi. Scholars now b ...

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The Intangible in Japanese Photography

Monday, October 30, 2023 | Karl Cole

Traditional reverence for nature—a mainstay in most Japanese art forms throughout art history—continues in the work of contemporary Japanese artists. After a couple of beautifully foggy mo ...

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October Is National Apple Month: Levi Wells Prentice

Monday, October 23, 2023 | Karl Cole

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Apple Month than with one of THE most incredible paintings I’ve ever seen on the subject. The first time I saw this painting by Levi Wel ...

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Gem of the Month: Lori Weitzner

Monday, October 16, 2023 | Karl Cole

Some of the major developments in the design world during the 2000s have involved the use of sustainable materials, ecologically friendly production processes, and upcycling otherwise wasted materials ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Antonio Frasconi

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | Karl Cole

Like graphic artists in Mexico during the mid-1900s, Antonio Frasconi was a tireless chronicler of poor and underserved people—first depicting those of Uruguay, where he was raised, and later am ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Manuel Manilla

Monday, October 2, 2023 | Karl Cole

The rich tradition of satiric graphic arts in Latin America reaches back to Mexico in the late 1700s. At that time, caricatures of skeletons (called calavera) were adopted by the satirical press as&nb ...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Galo Galecio

Monday, September 25, 2023 | Karl Cole

During the early to mid-1900s, many Central and South American artists gradually developed schools of modernist art, moving away from the domination of Spanish styles that had endured in art academies ...

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