Treasures from the Vault: Mary Beth Edelson

Feminist artist Mary Beth Edelson's artworks are introspective, instigating a challenge to viewers to disrupt their complacency and investigate their thoughts on various social and political issues. Here, we unpack the symbolism of one of her works to better understand how artists speak to their viewer.

Happy Independence Day!

Originally commissioned to celebrate America's Bicentennial, we examine two artists' answers to the question: "What does Independence mean to you?" in recognition of the Fourth of July.

Spotlight on Lighting: How the Art Gets Lit

Very rarely do people walk into an art gallery or museum and say, “Wow, look at the lighting on that!” despite it making the art the star of the exhibit. Understanding the way a piece of art is lit can help the viewer better appreciate the artwork, so let’s shine some light (pun intended) on the technical side of things today.

The Artist, Transformed: An Interview with Elly Tullis

An artist always hopes, at least implicitly, that her art will inspire a positive change in others. But does she hope or even expect that her work will change her? On January 1, 2019, painter Elly Tullis impulsively turned to the image of the biblical figure Mary for artistic inspiration, herself exhausted from the demands of motherhood. Over the next year, paintings of the Virgin Mary poured from her mind to create the Theotokos series now on view at FWMoA. In this interview, she shares with us her development as an artist since her childhood and what has happened to her as a result of this series.