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“I have learned that being an artist is one of the most vulnerable things you can do to your mind and body…” — Christine Sun Kim From works on paper that play with our understanding of standard music notation to participatory works that explore the idea of silence, through her art practice...
Amelia G. Jones has a mission: to change how we look at art history. Jones, who teaches at the Roski School of Art and Design at the University of Southern California, fell in love with the visual arts in college. She has spent most of her career building awareness of the very narrow lens (European...
"Something miraculous happens when you really study music," described bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding from her apartment in New York City. "When you take the time to learn techniques through your kinetic memory, and you focus on internalizing what you're studying, this mysterious force takes...
"I think that as artists that's part of our job, to question and to interrogate the system that we live in constantly and hold it accountable and make sure it changes where it needs to change." — Shirlette Ammons Poet, musician, record producer Shirlette Ammons is a true artistic multi-hyphenate...
Until a few weeks ago, I never fully understood what it must feel like to be born the wrong gender. The difficulty and the pain—yes, that part I understood. But I never quite grasped what it must feel like on a visceral, cellular level to feel that your body was a stranger’s, and that your identity...
A Washington, DC native, Walter Martin has been obsessed with music since he was a young teenager. "By the time I was maybe 13 or 14, I was in a band, and it just became a huge part of my life. I became obsessed with listening to music and buying new music and finding music. And I still am." Martin...
"I go through waves and layers of obsessions. The thing I'm most interested in is learning and growing and discovering." — Graham Reynolds To say that Graham Reynolds is just a musician seems like a bit of an understatement. True, he writes and performs original work, but he also composes scores...
When I was six years old, I started playing piano because my mom wanted me to take piano lessons. I liked playing the piano, but I didn’t really like taking lessons. Maybe it was because I wanted to play after school, not practice piano. Things changed, however, in fourth grade when I was 10 and...
Like all good super heroes, Super Indian—also known as Hubert Logan—boasts an origin story: he ate commodity cheese tainted with “rezium” that gave him special powers. But to truly understand Super Indian’s origin, we must go back further, to the story of his creator, Arigon Starr. A member of the...
"The arts matter because they make us think outside of the way that we are used to thinking and they force us to question the world around us." — Steven Young Lee Although based in traditional techniques and color schemes, Steven Young Lee’s ceramics are anything but traditional. For example, in...

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