Aesthetica Art Prize Open for Submissions

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2013 is now open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider, international audience. Now in its sixth year the competition is a celebration of visual art, inviting all artists to submit imaginative and innovative work that pushes the boundaries of their chosen medium.

Committed to nurturing new and existing talent, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a fantastic opportunity to develop your presence in the international art world. Prizes include up to £1000 in cash, a group exhibition and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, which has a readership of 140,000 worldwide.

Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Installation & Performance.

Please visit for more information. The deadline is the 31 August 2013.

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Call for Artist Exhibition Proposals, University of Michigan Health System Galleries

CALL FOR ENTRIES – GIFTS OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM —  bringing the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System.

Gifts of Art is accepting art exhibit proposals for the August 2013 – August 2014 exhibit year.
Individual artists or arts organizations may apply.
They have nine galleries that display more than 50 exhibits a year, including 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day.
Submissions may be made online or by mail. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR UPLOADED BY MAY 15, 2013. 

Online How-To Art Courses for Artists

Learn to teach and create your own art courses in the VASA Project workshops listed here.

Or take a course in sound art to expand your art-making practice.

English: Entrance to the towers at MassArt

English: Entrance to the towers at MassArt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CREATING SOUND ART is a new ONLINE course at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt).

You don’t have to be a student to enroll in this course. Expand your practice and knowledge of contemporary sound art.

In this course, create several sound art pieces of various types including audio art, text or graphic scores, sound installations, sound sculptures, and sound performance.

Plus  experience numerous well-known works in the medium of sound art via audio, video and live participation.

For complete information about the course go to the course website:

This is a 1.5 college credit module offered through the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM).

or you may register online through this link:

Guest Blog Post: E-learning Expert Rachel Higgins on the Future of Art Education

Image via Wikipedia Commons

There has been a lot of talk on Artist Marketing Resources about ways in which technology can be used to connect creators with buyers and new audiences, but not as much has been said about how that same technology is actually impacting how art is being created in the first place. In her article today, e-learning expert Rachel Higgins looks at ways in which university fine arts programs are utilizing cutting edge computer-based programs. 

Utilizing New Technology Helps Colleges Draw Students to Arts Programs
To many, the study of technology as a part of a fine arts education would appear to be nearly dichotomous: hard science and art are not often seen as intersecting.  Yet, as technology continues to become omnipresent in our lives, many innovators in arts education and computer applications are discovering new ways of bringing technology into the fine arts classroom. The advantages of technology are proving effective in drawing students to fine arts programs while at the same time helping them learn skills that enhance creativity and even garner employment in other fields.Since the mid 19th century, when the fine arts were introduced into the traditional university by Joseph Henry and Samuel F. B. Morse, the fine arts have been an integral element of higher education in the US. At that time, Henry lectured on architecture in Princeton while Morse lectured on “The Literature of the Arts of Design” in New York City, bringing a new element of culture to an American education system that many felt paled in comparison to its far more established European brethren. Yet soon, fine arts education flourished in US higher education. In recent years, the tradition of fine arts education in the US has been spurred by the growth of graphic design in new media. The growth of online mediums has only increased the importance of visual communication in modern life, with programs like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite assisting artists in translating their abilities to digital mediums. CorelDRAW is a graphic design software program that guides users through illustration, layout, tracing, photo editing and professional web design. Adobe Creative Suite, another digital fine arts program, allows users to draw, paint, animate, manipulate and build websites, video or still images.Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President at Syracuse University asserts there are three main models for fine art education and production. “The first is the stand-alone model, a school or college dedicated to the arts and art-making,” says Cantor. She offers the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture at Syracuse or the School of Music at the University of Michigan as examples. “A second model embeds the arts and art-making into schools, colleges and departments whose central focus is not on the arts and art-making per se,” says Cantor, with the College of Engineering and art-making in entrepreneurship courses in the School of Information Studies given as examples. Cantor’s third model “encompasses institutions and organizations that are ‘public goods,’” such as museums, galleries, libraries or theaters. While Cantor acknowledges that many universities have all three models in some capacity, she encourages “a blending and interplay between them,” through new models.

In creating and utilizing the new models proposed by Cantor, new technologies could provide a significant service. Founded in 2008, ArtWeLove specializes in making and selling prints of contemporary artwork, working with 30 artists, including photographers, painters and multimedia artists to produce high-quality, limited edition prints of their work. “High culture at an affordable price is exciting to people, especially when they can access it on the internet and don’t have to come to New York”, says ArtWeLove founder Laurence Lafforgue. “Artists are dealing with things that are very important, dealing with things in our culture,” says Lafforgue. “It’s a completely new artistic production we are creating, a new kind of production for the 21st century.” For students, this can mean greater and simpler access to modern art, much of which could serve as an integral segue into a greater understanding of the importance of fine art in society.

In terms of traditional fine art education, however, the most promising recent innovation is perhaps, an extensive free repository of fine-art images and an online art appreciation guide that went live early in October 2012. After two years of private testing and millions of dollars from investors, the site is hoping to become a source of pleasure, discovery and education for visual art, similar to the way people use Pandora to explore music or Netflix for film. has already found its share of skeptics in both art and technology communities, who question whether digital analytics should be applied to visual art. Yale University School of Art dean Robert Storr is yet unconvinced.“It depends so much on the information, who’s doing the selection, what the criteria are, and what the cultural assumptions behind those criteria are,” says Storr.

However, many in the art and education community are deeply invested in the project. Upon debuting to the general public, has already digitized 20,000 images into its growing reference system. Lead by Matthew Israel, PhD in art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, a team of a dozen art historians refer to the building of the reference system as The Art Genome Project, as they decide what codes to use for each piece and how they should be applied. Labels for each piece denote objective qualities such as historical period and region in which the work was created, as well as features such as style and categories like Cubism, Flemish portraiture or photography.

Other categories are more subjective, as’s curators might attach terms like “globalization” to give ideological context. With the Art Genome Project,’s goal is to make connections among artworks that are seemingly disparate, with a catalog encompassing pieces from the British Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Recently, Seb Chan, director of digital and emerging media for recent partner Cooper-Hewitt asserted sites like are not meant to replace museums or galleries, but instead to help art neophytes to stretch the boundaries of their taste. “You shouldn’t need to be a scholar to discover works of art that you might be fascinated by,” says Chan. “The Art Genome is another way of creating serendipitous connections.”

While technology should not be used as a crutch or a replacement for the tangible, physical elements of art education, it can be an excellent supplement to traditional methods and philosophies. Technology democratizes the world of fine art by allowing anyone with a WiFi connection to at least acclimate themselves to the norms of history of the classic as well as modern art world. In an age where most young people are far more familiar with consumer software and computers that with gallery books or museum archives, technology can serve as natural introduction to a wider world of rich cultural history.

Readers interested in more information on this and similar topics should check out more of Rachel’s work, most of which centers on the digitizing of higher education.

Turps Banana Art School Correspondence Course

There is something very interesting about this so I wanted to share. Perhaps you would like to apply, or reading this blog post will give you the idea to create your own art school correspondence course!

Turps Banana Art School / Correspondence Course

Application deadline 30th August 2012

Starting this October, the correspondence course is an innovative new project giving painters a critical perspective and challenging insight into their practice, wherever they are, in the form of quarterly appraisals.

Running over 12 months, participants will engage in a two-way process during which they will present works, and in turn receive feedback from a dedicated mentor and the wider tutorial team at Turps Art School.

Applicants must have a personal email address, access to the internet and reasonable facilities to document work digitally.

Participants will be provided with a dedicated online folder that will be visible to both themselves and the tutorial team. Participants will be expected to upload works, drawings, works in progress, sketchbook pages etc. during the 12 month duration of the course. It is important this is an ongoing process that best describes their output as this will allow the mentors to track developments and compile their observations between feedback points.
Cost of the programme for 12 Months: £1,500

For more information

New Oil Painting in Our Amazon Store

“This my impression of a view from the side of my house.  We live in the woods and love every minute of it.”  says painter Terry L Zarate of her oil painting simply titled Branches.

This 24 x 36 inch oil painting on canvas, retails for $960.00 (plus shipping), is available for online purchase on

Branches, oil painting on canvas,24 X 36 inches, Terry L Zarate

Arches® Oil paper: A new paper for oil painting

Professor and painter Steve Levin introduces Arches® Oil – A new Paper for Oil Painting. Arches® Oil (Arches® Huile) is a high quality paper, with a surface designed for use in oil painting. Unlike other papers, it requires no preliminary preparation. This paper provides the convenience of a fully ready-to-use support for work in oil painting.

Peter Worsley’s Oil Painting *Scenes of Life* In Our Virtual Gallery Show

Pretty Baby, oil painting on canvas, Peter Worsley

ice cubes, oil painting on canvas, Peter Worsley

Two Women Talking, Peter Worsley

Here is the link to a Preview of our virtual gallery exhibition:

You can attend the online show by clicking this link:

Amazon Store: New Oil Painting on Canvas From Spain

Marta Fuster Barutell lives and paints in Spain.  She recently varnished several of her oil paintings on canvas, which she described as arduous task–keeping out dust etc.

Her varnishing session was a success and we are pleased to offer the artist’s oil paintings in our Amazon store.  Today, newly listed in the store is her oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study #3). View it on Amazon here:

El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3),oil painting on canvas by Marta Fuster Barutell

El installation view Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

Detail view 1 of oil painting titled El Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

El Detail view 2 of oil painting titled Peso De La Luz, Estudio #3 (The Weight of Light, Study#3) by Marta Fuster Barutell

30% Off All Benjamin L.M. Paintings in Amazon Store

For a limited time, the Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store  offers one of a kind art for sale by Benjamin L.M. at 30% off retail price.

Benjamin L.M. - You Can't Miss The Point Of Life, You're Already In It, acrylic painting on canvas

People Take Flight Across and Up, painting on canvas by Benjamin L.M.

We Get Higher By Working Together by Benjamin L.M.

painting on canvas Love Is Sacred by Benjamin L.M.

Guitar Player: Publicly Funded Film

Music guitar

Image by doug88888 via Flickr

Guitar Player–A crowdfunded feature film

I was asked to write and post an article to help promote this Kickstarter project to raise funds for a film. The Director of this movie believes that the best way to share this information about his project is by asking bloggers to post about it.

Guitar Player is a feature film about a homeless street performer who has been given a second chance, but struggles with his painful past. Guitar Player is a film about why people do what they do. This film questions fate, destiny and redemption.

The funds to produce the movie Guitar Player are being raised in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. There are many unique aspests to this film, the director, and the Kickstarter perks for those who kick-in. Some donors may be extras in the film Guitar Player, while others will be able to hang-out on the set, attend the Hollywood premier, or even see their names in the film credits as producers.

Half of all the profits from the film will go to help the homeless.

The film has already received many donations, but the goal must be met by October 21st.

All are invited to make a pledge to fund the film and get awards for their pledges.

Free Crowdfunding Guide for Photographers, and 3 Residencies


Image by Dallas Film Society Images via Flickr

Download a free guide: Crowdfunding Your Photo Projects from Photoshelter


For artists are looking for residencies, here are a few interesting calls for artists to apply to a residency–via links below:

 Acme Studios International Residencies

Success for Fine Artists

Sign-up for Aletta de Wal’ s Artist Career Training newsletter

for access to the free podcast:

“ElevenTips for Success
for Fine Artists”

In this recording, Aletta, (amid a long list of actions artists can take) recommends that artists: “Write a story about each piece of art you create.”

Even my abstract painting titled “Resistance” has a “story”. Read what I wrote below:

Resistance, mixed media on canvas, by Marie Kazalia


Artist: Marie Kazalia

48” x 48”

Date: July 2010

The title, Resistance, refers to the painting techniques used–which are the Process Painting techniques of layers, stain and poured paint. The silver acrylic paint layer (over yellow and texture on canvas) acts as a resist to the watery splashed on dark paint stain, so that it does not soak into the canvas as in traditional Stain Painting.  The stain layer of watery paint bleeds out to break from the confines of the hardedge forms based on military camouflage patterns. The artist mixes much of her own paint using painting mediums and dry pigments. In this case, the artist mixed silver aluminum powder into an artist grade acrylic medium as the pigment binder, to create the silver paint used in this painting.