Communication is an art. In this "Treasures from the Vault" we highlight artist Lesley Dill, who works at the intersection of art and language to explore communication.
A regional artist, Andrea Peterson's work is intimately connected with nature on multiple levels, both in her subject and her choice of medium. Sachi Yanari-Rizzo details the natural elements of Peterson's work in this "Treasures from the Vault" post.
Katja Oxman’s work shows us that a self-portrait doesn’t need to contain an actual representation of a face. Discover how one artist gives viewers a glimpse into her life via her treasured items in this Treasures from the Vault.
Claudia Bernardi’s experience growing up in Argentina influences the way she melds her interests in art, education, and anthropology. Creating art informed by her forensic work in areas of violence, Bernardi's featured etching and aquatint acts as a visual tool that is both beautiful and informative.
Today’s treasure presents us with a bit of a mystery. Not only is the title of this watercolor Unknown, we also know little about its maker Louis-Robert de Cuvillon. So, what must we do to start picking apart this unknown piece? With works like this we have to combine what knowledge we do know with our most important tool: our eyes. Read on to see how art historians use visual clues to deduce a painting's meaning.
Recently on view in our Year of Making Meaning exhibition, Elizabeth Kilmer discusses a French favorite of hers: Manet. These treasures, etchings of the artists friends Charles Baudelaire and Berthe Morisot, tell us more about the artist than many of his other more famous works. Read on to learn how!
Collection Information Specialist Sue Slick spotlights some of our most loved pieces of artworks: quilts! These functional artworks also serve as historical timepieces for our country, read on to see which major events in history are represented in some of our quilts!
Curator of Prints & Drawings Sachi Yanari-Rizzo spotlights Japanese-American artist Roger Shimomura because of a shared connection as third-generation Japanese Americans whose family members were interned during World War II. Read on to see how Shimomura's family history inspires and impacts his art today.
What inspires artists to make their art? Exhibitions Content Manager Elizabeth Goings explores the retelling of a Norse myth by printmaker Dennis McNett and how legends and mythology influences his work.
Not all treasures from the vault are works of art from our historical past! Matika Wilbur began her ongoing photography project in 2012. Documenting contemporary Native American tribes and cultures, Wilbur hopes to dispel the often inaccurate and stereotypical visuals of Native Americans pervasive in books, movies, and TV. Lauren Wolfer, Associate Curator of Special Collections & Archives, highlights our most recent acquisition from her project, now on view in A Year of Making Meaning.