Archive for November, 2008

A Sampling of Election Year Art

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

OBAMA Anatomy of a World Leader by Alex GreyFor the last several weeks friends have been sending me all kinds of election year artwork. Barack Obama’s candidacy inspired artists wordwide with his Hope and Change campaign. I’ve posted some favorites below. Visit the Art of Obama site for even more artwork. Leave a comment with URLs to share other election year art.

OBAMA Anatomy of a World Leader, by Alex Grey


Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Artists

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Lyn Bishop’s My Art Space profileHave you noticed the number of social networking sites specifically created for artists these days? It seems like there is a new one coming online daily. Could this be an indicator of the growing influence that the Internet offers in showcasing and, dare I say it, selling art.

These online communities are often free services (or pay to upgrade) where artists can showcase their work, chat with fellow artists online, build their network, host a blog, and create an online portfolio without having to build a stand alone website. It offers a venue for the artist to share their skills and receive feedback on their work from an international community. (more…)

DigitalEyes opens at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Twister by Dan CollinsThe Sunday evening reception at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for DigitalEyes 2008-2009: New Esthetic Dimensions in Computer Visualization Technology was a wonderful mix of art lover and computer geek.

Jennifer Gray, guest curator of the show shares with me that this is “the first international digital show at a major civic institution in the city of LA, and that in itself, makes this a historic event.” I get the feeling that she wishes it had happened years ago. (more…)

ARTSHIFT San Jose – First Annual Awards

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Tortilla Curtain ProjectBack in June, ARTSHIFT San Jose began seeking nominations for their first annual ARTSHIFT AWARDS. In an open process, anyone could nominate a Silicon Valley artist, event, organization, curator, educator or exhibition for special honors and a cash award. Last week the winners were announced at a special party and ceremony held at Orchard Commercial on North First Street. (By the way, kudos to Orchard Commercial for their commitment to our Silicon Valleys art community.)

A large crowd of supports came out to celebrate the arts in Silicon Valley. Erin Goodwin-Guerrero (editor of ARTSHIFT San Jose) provided background information about all the nominees. James Morgan (designer/technical advisor ARTSHIFT), spoke about an online art scene and the Silicon Valley art community in the digital age. JoAnne Northrup (senior curator, San Jose Museum of Art) addressed San Jose and Silicon Valley’s evolving art scene and Kerry Adams (director, Office of Cultural Affairs) presented the two cash awards. (more…)