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"We are defined by our stories. We present the story that we tell ourselves, or that we tell others, as our portrait." — Hugo Crosthwaite Read more about Hugo Crosthwaite and the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition here .
You probably know that the United States Mint is the sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage in the country. But did you know that the Mint is also responsible for designing and well, minting, commemorative coins, Congressional Gold Medals, and gold and silver bullion coins as well as everyday...
Growing up on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star was immersed in Crow culture and art. Her father was a rock musician, her uncle was a painter, and her grandmother sewed traditional Apsáalooke regalia and beadwork. When reflecting on her childhood, Red Star said that...
"I am often told that my work is at times too personal. But how could it be otherwise? One's life is formed from one's understanding of one's world, is shaped by one's response. To me an artist's life is dedicated to trying to comprehend and communicate with honesty and clarity the emotions...
By the time she was 20, Mariam Paré was already an accomplished artist. She had grown up painting and drawing, and was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. But when gunfire suddenly erupted while she was driving to visit a friend in Virginia, a stray bullet passed through the car door,...
At first glance, Justin Favela ’s large-scale installations are joyous and exuberant. Each one is formed from hundreds of pieces of cut paper, transforming life-size sculptures and murals of lowriders, desert landscapes, and recreations of well-known artworks into what look like colossal piñatas...
Scientific illustrator Mary Parrish spent much of her career turning what she described as the “mangled, frozen, gray rocks” of fossils into the living, breathing flora and fauna they once were. A paleo artist who recently retired after 37 years with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural...
"You throw yourself into moments of fear, and on the other side of it—if you survive—are the rewards." — Kehinde Wiley Browse the blog for more quotable creative inspiration .
"Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you." — Gene Luen Yang I'm a comic book guy, so I'd like to talk about another comic book guy. Dwayne McDuffie was one of my favorite writers. When I was growing up, he was one of the few African...
A tattooed arm belonging to a suicide survivor
Are you okay? These three words may seem simple on paper or screen, but when spoken with kindness to people in pain, they can transform worlds and save lives. This...

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