The Gargoyles of Penn

The Gargoyles of Penn

On our recent college tour one of the most interesting places we stopped was the University of Pennsylvania. It’s a campus steeped in history, and I expected to see old buildings and hear a lot about Benjamin Franklin. What I didn’t expect was to see one of the most remarkable selections of gargoyles I’ve seen outside of the gothic cathedrals …


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The Art of Howard David Johnson

Some years ago I had the pleasure of working on some publishing projects with Howard David Johnson a local Austin artist who I met through a mutual friend. He was a classically trained artist who was working as a studio photographer at the time and was interested in getting back into art. I was working as an editor and art …


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Art Encounters: So Inclined at Middlebury College

One of the stops on our ongoing college tour through the northeast was Middlebury College, a charming little liberal arts college on an enormous campus in northern Vermont. Middlebury has an outstanding academic reputation and is particularly known for its innovative arts programs and immersive language and international studies programs. One of the interesting decisions of the college’s board was …


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Found Artist: Darren Minke

Earlier this month I got a chance to attend the 31st Annual Old Pecan Street Festival in Austin with my family. It’s a huge street fair with lots of live music and arts and crafts vendors which sprawls down East 6th Street and this year sprawled somewhat over to 7th Street as well. There’s always something new and interesting to …


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It’s Trendy, but is it Art?

Of the various legacies of the Barack Obama presidency, the one which seized the cultural imagination first and may last the longest is the enormously popular poster image created by artist Shepard Fairey. The high-contrast, vertically split image has gone viral on the internet and assumed a place in the visual lexicon of American pop art alongside Andy Warhol’s Marilyn …


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Found Art: McMercy Family Band Poster

So, I was in Amy’s Ice Cream during SXSW in Austin and my eye was caught by a poster which stood out in the crowd of yoga class, aromatherapy massage and peace rally posters on the wall. The poster was bright orange and xeroxed, but what really drew me to it was the bizarre combination of Cthulhian, tentacular maelstrom imagery …


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