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.

Treasures from the Vault: John Doyle

Sometimes a work of art comes along that makes you say, “What in the world am I looking at?” John Doyle’s lithograph, Sharpshooters 76: Sony War, was one such piece for Elizabeth Goings. Read on to learn why this work had her scratching her head!

Treasures from the Vault: Tim Tadder

Artists often have a team or collaborate with one another, bringing impactful visions that start conversations or remix old stories with new ideas. One such artist is commercial and editorial photographer Tim Tadder, who collaborated with sculptor Krisztianna to create the Las Muertas photo series.

Treasures from the Vault: Willie Cole

The last time Willie Cole’s work was out on view in the Print & Drawing Study Center, a high school student walked in and stood transfixed in front of "Man Spirit Mask". He whispered, “Wakanda”. See how Cole, and the creators of "Black Panther", used motifs and forms from different African cultures to make their art--whether through a print or a film.

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