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“Portraiture….can reveal things about both photographer and the sitter.” -- Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator for Research, Phillips Collection Now that "selfie" is officially in the dictionary, it can be easy to forget that photography is still a relatively new...
As Labor Day looms, we try and collectively squeeze in as much summer as possible before the season slips away. We take one last trip to the beach, host one...
Downtown Jacksonville is a busy place to be and I don’t go there often. The traffic alone is enough to wear my patience. I braved the crowds this afternoon to...
Even the most philistine among us can’t escape the art of industrial design. Industrial design affects the cars we drive, the phones we use, the chairs we sit in, and...
Totem poles have been obscured by myth and misunderstanding for centuries. An art form that dates back to the 1800s, they have been overlooked by many. The Totem Heritage Center...
What is it about Lego bricks that we find so alluring? Is it their blindingly cheerful colors? Their reminders of childhood? Or maybe it's that they give even the most...
In the latest edition of NEA Arts , we look at select elements of the American art tradition that once struggled to find acceptance in the artistic mainstream. Many of...
There aren’t a lot of things that say “summer” more than a road trip---except, of course, Blue Star Museums. With that in mind, we’ve planned a museum road trip that...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard...

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