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M’chel Bauxal-Gleason – Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist

M’chel Bauxal-Gleason – Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist

Artists don’t always use what is considered the ‘typical’ canvas to create their masterpieces, and some students aren’t even aware of the exciting possibilities of pursuing a career in the beauty and entertainment industry. M’chel Bauxal-Gleason is an accomplished celebrity make-up artist and hair stylist who has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Dr. Oz, Lou Ferrigno, Henry Winkler, Ty Pennington, Alicia Silverstone, and the Presidential family.

At the age of 18, Bauxel-Gleason says she ventured down to L.A.’s American College of the Applied Arts and later transferred to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Fashion Design in 1996. One of her first gigs out of school was in the special effects makeup department at Six Flags Magic Mountain during their Fright Fest.

“I taught myself all the basics about beauty, airbrushing, special effects and hair designing,” says Bauxel-Gleason. “I then utilized my degree in fashion and glamour applying my knowledge to market myself in the entertainment industry.”

After more than 10 years in L.A., Bauxel-Gleason relocated back to her home state of Oregon, where she landed a position as the department head hair stylist on the Emmy award-winning TV show Portlandia. It was here that

she rounded out her skills, learning different ways to cut and color hair. In 2011, she enrolled into Phagan’s School of Hair Design just south of Portland, and graduated in 2012.

Bauxel-Gleason also had the privilege to do hair and makeup for Michelle and Barack Obama for a Good Morning America appearance while freelancing for Debbie Armend of Fisher Pathways.

“It was an experience like no other and one that I will remember for quite some time,” says Bauxel-Gleason. “I was greeted by several police officers who asked for my credentials, city streets were blocked off and I had to go through several checks by German Shepherds.”

She says her makeup, hair cases, and vehicle were all searched, and she was escorted by several police officers to a “room” where she would set up. “I have worked with a lot of senators and governors in the past, but I have never seen anything like it before,” she recalls of walking down a hallway with Secret Service agents.

However, Bauxel-Gleason says that her most memorable client was Ernest Borgnine, who she worked with just two months before he passed away in 2012. “He was so inspirational to talk with,” she says. “He spoke very highly of his wife…the experiences he went through after he won the Oscar for the movie Marty in the 1950’s.” Afterwards, she attended a screening for the film and walked away with a McHale’s Navy hat for her father – signed by one of his favorite actors [Borgnine].

Today, Bauxel-Gleason leads a wide-ranging artistic career, and she’s been pretty busy in April – supplying hair and makeup for a new TV show on the A&E network this summer called Rodeo Girls. She’s judged The Fresh Faces pageant alongside her husband, Dennis Gleason earlier in the month. She will also serve as a speaker for the Hillsboro, Oregon Chamber School to Work Program on April 23rd. In May, Bauxel-Gleason is scheduled to beautify two celebrities for the TV show AM Northwest – Julia Sweeney and Chris Hardwick.

M’Chel gives the following advice to aspiring makeup artists and hair stylists: “Make sure you go into it because you love to do it. Unlike many careers, if you don’t like it, you won’t ever be great at it. Second, take the time to learn how to do it right. Short cuts might work now and then, but the real successful artists take their career serious enough to get formally trained. I can’t tell you how much more I learned in getting my degree.” 

M’Chel can be also found on @bauxal on Twitter, Facebook, and IMDB.

Jim Stevens – Master Scrimshander (March Artist Spotlight)

jimImagine producing intricate works of art that can take hundreds of hours to complete. Now, imagine a legally blind artist with only a pindot of vision remaining in both eyes carrying on the tradition of one of the oldest art forms in North America. Jim Stevens is an exceptional inspiration representing the fine art of scrimshaw, where most of his masterpieces unfold across the distinctive canvas of ivory. He is a true testament to never abandoning your love of art.

“I lost my eyesight in just 30 minutes,” says Stevens referring to the bullet fragments that caused a stroke in his visual cortex twenty-three years after being shot in the head during a combat mission in Vietnam. “My career, my wife, my future, and my self-worth soon followed.”

 

After the stroke, Stevens also lost the confidence to continue creating art – a passion he possessed ever since he was a child spending time in his grandmother’s commercial art studio. “I finally had to accept being blind,” says Stevens, “but once I did, I also accepted the fact that to have a life, I would have to reinvent my life.”

 

In 2000, Stevens decided to become a full-time artist despite his disability, and started by locating special lenses to aid his technical skills. It would take him two more years to relearn his craft. Stevens’ clientele started on the local level, and word-of mouth played a large role in eventually attracting out-of-state and international admirers of his work. He later built his own website, and started taking on commissions.

 

Commissioned pieces for a sculpture or carving can range from 20 to over 900 hours of work. His body of work includes custom pistol grips, designer pendants, key chains, necklaces, and a belt buckle made out of antler. Images of Capone, Scarface, and a pin-up girl grace the customized handles of automatic knives.

 

However, the piece that Stevens remembers the most came at the request of his youngest daughter. “It was my first carving after losing my sight,” he says. “And when I felt I just couldn’t do it, she would remind me that I promised not to quit.”

 

jim2It wasn’t long before commissioned pieces were being requested by the likes of private collectors and New York jewelry designers. Stevens was later asked to teach scrimshaw at the NRA Gunsmithing School. Notes from these classes caught the eye of Schiffer Publishing, which led to him penning three published books on art.

 

Today, Stevens’ art appears in galleries across the country, and is collected internationally.

 

Jim offers the following advice to aspiring artists: “I think success in art grows from finding a niche that you’re good at, making a name for yourself within that niche and then expanding on your reputation into other areas of art that interest you. It has certainly worked that way for me.”

 

Jim can be found on April 18, 2013 at the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission “Meet the Artist” one man show. You can also find Jim on Facebook.

Engineering More Realistic and Creative Video Games Puts Designers in the Spotlight

In a recent interview in the New York Times, video game executive Jade Raymond explained to the world how her industry has begun to push towards previously uncharted diversity in game characters and themes. While Raymond estimates that this reactionary change has emerged from a desire on the behalf of audiences for more realistic characters, original ideas, and engaging plots, both friends and foes of video game culture are left to wonder about the significance of these changes for our society. Just how far into the political arena do video games belong, and what does this mean for the game enthusiast?

The Political Influence of Art

One place to begin this discussion is in ancient Athens. More than two millennia ago, Plato put forward his argument that the arts should be censored in an ideal society because of the danger they posed to individuals by appealing to the irrational size of the human mind. While modern politicians may have different reasons for wanting to censor and restrict modern media, most people can agree that this sentiment is nothing new to society. In 2011, a move was made to ban sales of violent video games to minors (this decision was struck down by the Supreme Court) and in 2013, the video game industry is seeking protection from threats of regulation.

It would be remiss to not point out that as media capable of being an art, video games have already been firmly within the political arena for decades. From feminist critiques of the appearance of female game characters to the moral objections surrounding games that include and promote forms of gambling or violence, to say games are becoming more political can only mean that more games are headed deeper into the already thoroughly explored territory of politics and art.

Video Games: The Gender Debate

Perhaps the best context to understand the relationship between politics and games can be found in the great gender debate that has spanned the past three decades of game development. Certainly any long time video game enthusiast has heard time and time again just how miserable gender role stereotypes are in their favorite game; and for perhaps for good reason.

Not only are video game heroes predominately male, there’s even some arguments that studios avoid female protagonists because games without male leads tend to make less—this is despite the fact that an estimated forty-seven percent of gamers are women. To make matters worse, whatever few exceptions one can conjure to the rule of the male protagonist is usually burdened by every feminine cliché imaginable, making the game’s heroine make Barbie dolls look like the height of realism by contrast.

One important reason for the prevalence of physically exaggerated female leads within the linage of videogames has been the restraints provided by early graphics engines, especially during the late 90’s and early 21st century. When a game character is being rendered in 64 bits and is barely distinguishable from the background it’s placed on, exaggerating feminine traits may be the only way to get across the gender of anyone. (The earliest example of this may be Mrs. Pac-Man and her bright red bow.)

But while the push towards more realistic characters and themes in videogames may end up producing a few less caricatures of women, it may be too optimistic to think that the core of the problem facing gender roles in videogames is likely to change, even with the astounding advancements in computing power since these earliest stereotypes emerged.

The simple truth may be that game audiences prefer to play attractive characters, so studios will continue to produce them. A “less chesty” and more covered-up Lara Croft in the new version of the game might have the appearance of progress at first glance; however, in the end, while the race towards realism and originality may in fact drive video games further and further into political territory, for better or worse, the essential character of games may only be as sophisticated as the audiences for which there are to receive them.

10 Museum Exhibits to Make Time for in 2013

Coutesy of Hammer Museum

Courtesy of Hammer Museum

For some museum exhibits are an acquired taste. Some people don’t understand how non-moving works of art of all shapes and sizes can be so fascinating, which is why we decided it was time to try and change some of those people’s minds. There are many ways to appreciate a museum exhibit, including appreciation for the artist’s craftmanship, appreciation for the symbolism that the exhibit represents, or our personal favorite, appreciation for the larger story and context that accompanies every work of art of this magnitude.

This piece isn’t directed at the people who already appreciate these things and have been appreciating them for years. This piece is directed at the people who think museums and works of art are boring and uninteresting. These aren’t meant to be the 10 best museum exhibits around the country, they are just meant to be 10 exhibits that we think are worth checking out. And hopefully, a few of those people who are skeptical about their own interest in museum exhibits can read a bit about the pieces, go and check one out, and come away with a new appreciation for the appeal of museum exhibits.

Enrico David-Hammer 

This exhibition, held at the Hammer Museum, is Enrico David’s first in LA. It centers on a singular bronze figure, which is circled by paper mummies crawling across the walls and floor of the gallery. Visitors can go from being observers to being participants in this imaginative scene.

Enrico David’s work can be seen at the Hammer until May 5th.

Alexandre Singh: The Pledge –The drawing Center 

This presentation of Alexandre Singh’s work will be the first in North America. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s new series of Assembly Instructions called ‘The Pledge’. The pieces are derived from interviews that the artist conducted during 2011 with notable figures including scientists, artists and filmmakers, these have then been transformed into fictional dialogues.

This exhibition is being held in The Drawing Centre in New York until March 13th.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by Anatsui – Brooklyn Museum

The globally renowned artist El Anatsui has opened his first solo exhibition in a New York museum. The show features over 30 works that use metal and wood and transform objects we would all recognize into site-specific sculptures. The exhibition also includes 12 recent monumental sculptures, which represent Anatsui’s career progression.

You can see Anatsui’s work until August 4th in the Brooklyn Museum.

Angels, Demons and Savaged: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet –Phillips Collection

This exhibition explores American abstract expressionism and tells the little known tale of the relationship between three seminal artists of the time, Jackson Pollock, Alfonso Ossorio and Jean Dubuffet. The exhibition contains 55 pieces and it reunites works by Pollock and Dubuffet from Osorio’s collection for the first time since his death.

The exhibition is running until May 12th in The Phillips Collection in Washington.

Gutai: Splendid Playground – Guggenheim

‘Guitai: Splendid Playground’ presents Japans most creative works from the influential avant-garde collective of the post-war era. Founded by artist Yoshihara Jiro in 1954, the Gutai group was legendary. It’s young members caused a stir by exploring new collaborative art forms. Amidst wartime totalitarianism, Gutai pioneered ethics of creative freedom.

This reflective exhibition runs until May 8th at the Guggenheim in New York.

 

Courtesy of New Museum Of Contemporary Art

Courtesy of New Museum Of Contemporary Art

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Start – New Museum

This insightful exhibition looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year. The year in question is 1993 and a time capsule effect of the year’s creative happening is produced as you explore the exhibition. A range of iconic and lesser-known artworks are presented and together they mark a key cultural history of the city.

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Start runs until May 26th in The New Museum in New York.

James Turrell: A retrospective – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

This retrospective exhibition will reveal much of James Turrell’s work to the public for the first time. The heart of the exhibition is ‘The Light Inside’ a permanent installation at the museum, there is also Vertical Vintage, a grouping of a dozen light based installations that lets visitors test their perception and witness how light can dramatically shape space.

This exhibition is at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from June 9th-September 22nd (May 26th 2012 – April 6th 2014 at LACMA/ June 21st—September 25th 2013 at Guggenheim)

Mika Taanila –Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis

Mike Taanila’s thought provoking and challenging work is to be displayed at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. The Finnish artist works across a variety of mediums including film, video, sound and installation and each push the limit of technological developments in their own way. His work is predominantly in documentary form and it considers the implications of human achievement and progress.

This insightful exhibition runs from May 31st to August 11 in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Future Beauty: Thirty Years of Japanese Fashion – Seattle Art Museum

For the first time a comprehensive look will be taken at Japanese fashion and the huge impact it has had internationally. Designers such as Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto will be included in the exhibition with the true extent of their influence on the fashion industry revealed. The exhibition sums up three decades of innovative and remarkable designs.

This globally focused exhibition runs from June 27th to September 8th at Seattle Art Museum.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris – National Gallery of Art in D.C.

This exhibition is the first retrospective of Charles Marvilles work and the only scholarly catalogue focusing on the famed French photographer. The in depth and insightful exhibition reveals recent startling discoveries concerning his art and personal life. The exhibition features over 100 photographs covering Marville’s career.

The groundbreaking exhibition opens on September 29th at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 

Let us know what you think of the exhibitions, or if you’ve visited one you think needs recommending. Just tweet us on @ArtCareers or pin your favorite exhibit and find us on Pinterest.

2012 London Fashion Week’s 7 Most Ridiculous Outfits

Some of you may remember earlier this year when one of our inaugural posts was an attempt to chronicle some of the most ridiculous outfits of Japan Fashion Week 2012. Looking back, our jokes weren’t funny, the writing was awfully bland, and the designs we picked out weren’t even the craziest ones that debuted. Unfortunately for our loyal readers, we didn’t learn our lesson from that, so when we found out that London Fashion Week had ended exactly one week ago, we decided to once again don our fashion caps and spend some time analyzing the more insane outfits from the week.

Once again, we feel it is important to issue the disclaimer that we are not fashion designers, nor do we pretend to have excellent fashion taste. We will poke fun at designers who have forgotten more than we will ever know about fashion design and we will undoubtedly make fun of some outfits that others find revolutionary or cutting-edge. After all the serious discussion that usually accompanies any fashion week, look at this as a light-hearted take from some people who love art, but just don’t understand fashion.

Sister by Sibling

Take some powdered sugar and flaked coconut, and you have the makings of coconut balls, one of the favorite dessert treats of people across the country. Extrapolate that idea to the world of fashion, and you end up with whatever you want to call this fascinating outfit from Sister by Sibling. This poor model looks both delicious and ridiculous all at once, and that’s without looking at the pom-poms the designers super-glued to the headgear and the open-toed heels like look like a psychedelic pair of Nike basketball shoes.  I guess you can see the model’s arms barely peeking out behind the white frills of the outfit, but if I were a store clerk and a person wearing this asked for their change, I think I might end up trying to tuck the dollar bills into the bathing cap.

 

 

 

 

Sister by Sibling

Fresh off yet another disappointing playoff run from the Vancouver Canucks, at least one of the Green Men decided to take his talents to the runway and model for Sister by Sibling. The only difference between the two events is that Sister by Sibling decided to give the Green Man a sexy upgrade, which comes in the form of a fishnet knee-length skirt, some easily visible underwear, and a dainty black bonnet  last seen unsuccessfully trying to convince Little Red Riding Hood that the wearer of said bonnet was her grandmother. I am assuming this poor model can see through her mask, because the heels and tight skirt probably make it hard to walk in that outfit already. We aren’t women, so we don’t pretend to know anything about what they like to wear, but I am not sure too many women are psyched about the chance to show off their entire lower-half without being able to see all the looks they are drawing. But hey, maybe we are wrong.

 

 

 Fashion East

As a small child, there is no one who took a more perverse pleasure than jumping into the middle of rain puddles than I, and this outfit looks like something I definitely could have used as a kid, assuming those overalls are made from latex and not leather. Regardless of the material, this model deserves some sort of stoicism award for maintaining that straight face with what appears to be one of the absolute worst front-wedgies in the history of front-wedgies. Maybe next time they can get the model a longer pair of overalls so his private parts don’t seem so…er…suffocated. Let’s not even get started on the bowling shirt that looks like it was rooted from Charlie Sheen’s trailer on Two And A Half Men and just skip straight to the classic Chuck Taylor’s. Some may think the shoes look tacky, but you will never here me speak ill of Converse’s most popular sneaker ever.

 

 

 

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

I wanted to start by mentioning this model’s eerie resemblance to Amy Winehouse, but we are here to focus on the outfits and while the dress is elegant, form-fitting, and gorgeous, this outfit as a whole is quite a doozy. If Allen Iverson had known that these gloves existed when he was dominating the NBA, you better believe he would have been out there rocking those multi-colored accessories. We aren’t done with sports analogies either because, unless the picture is deceiving me, the tan-colored parts of the footwear bear an uncanny resemblance to the protector that some baseball sluggers wear to protect their shins. Now I have no idea why this model or anyone wearing that footwear would feel compelled to protect their shins, but it’s their body, and they can protect whatever part of it they please.

 

 

 

 

Unique

I am sorry but in what alternate universe or culture is this outfit acceptable to wear out in public? It’s almost as if the designers couldn’t decide whether they wanted to go with formal, casual, or beachwear, and so they just combined elements of all three of them to make on heck of an insane outfit. I guess the coat looks reasonable enough, although I have no idea whether you would consider that a formal or a casual jacket, but I am sorry, call me an ignoramus but you simply can’t combine a sports bra and a business skirt under one jacket and call it high fashion. I guess it would be a sexy and elegant outfit if you were wearing it around the house, but the purse indicates this outfit is meant to be worn out, presumably to mess with clothing store clerks who won’t know which department to send you to when you walk in.

 

 

 

 

Philip Treacy

I would be remiss if I didn’t start by mentioning that Philip Treacy is widely known as one of the foremost headgear designers and his hats have been worn by everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Princess Beatrice of York. His hats tend to be uniquely inspired and absolute fascinating to look at on someone’s head, but I am sorry, this is not a hat, it’s just a smiley face mask. If I weren’t so sure that this model was female, I would be willing to consider the fact that Michael Jackson was still alive and hiding in plain sight, because the rest of the outfit looks like something he has worn before but since Treacy is a hat designer, let’s stick to the headgear. Can the model even see out from behind that smiling face? It must be difficult. And what about all the annoying people who will want to slap the smiley face as they walk by? Did Treacy think about that? Because it will happen, and I will be the first in line to get a slap in. I am sorry, but there is just no way you can wear that mask and take yourself seriously.

 

 

 

Nasir Mazhar

We should point out that Mazhar has made his name by designing clothing for some of London’s most prominent alternative subcultures, so this outfit isn’t entirely surprising, but that doesn’t make it any less ridiculous either, it just means that potentially Mazhar intended for this outfit to look ridiculous. I am all for long shorts, a short jacket that shows off my ripped abs, and a backwards hat, I am just not sure I would have ripped up one of my grandmother’s favorite towels to make all three items. Those shorts are so absurd and parachute-y that MC Hammer is frothing at the mouth he is so jealous. The shirt has all sorts of things going on and looks like something all of the Spice Girls have worn at one point or another, and I have no idea what to make of the hat other than to say it is clearly a few sizes too large for this unlucky fellow and I have no idea how he will make it fit, because I am not sure whether that enormous black strap across the back means it is adjustable or not. I mean look at this model, has anyone tried harder to look serious only to end up looking really really sad? I don’t think so.

Monday Five: Art News Roundup 04.23.12

From Alec Baldwin to the renaming of the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, this sure was an interesting week in art news. I admit, while doing my due diligence and researching these stories, I often find myself frustrated by the lack of tangible and worthwhile news that is out there concerning the art industry. I feel part of this is because art news is treated much like art in schools — it’s nice and interesting, but it isn’t essential. Luckily for you artaphiles out there, we strongly disagree with that sentiment, which is why we try out best to call out interesting art news of all varieties. Please enjoy our latest collection.

The Five

1. In news that may only be interesting to myself and alumni of the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre, administrators have decided to change the name of the school and it will now be referred to as the USC School of Dramatic Arts. The school essentially made the switch to show it is committed to a broader base of dramatic platforms, but they did make sure to point out that theater will still be the cornerstone of the school. Anytime something as well known as USC’s School of Theatre changes its name, there are some re-branding concerns. But considering how similar the two names are, and considering that nothing else about the school or its faculty is changing, this is strictly cosmetic news. So, in other words, move along people! Nothing to see here.

2. If there was ever a more obvious symbiotic relationship than movie stars and the National Endowment for the Arts, you would be hard-pressed to find it. As art budgets and grants continue to be the subject of scrutiny, they need as much publicity as possible, and who better to provide that publicity than Hollywood’s biggest stars. Now, if I had to choose an excellent champion of this cause, I could do much worse than movie and television star Alec Baldwin, who joined musician Ben Folds and a slew of other artists in Washington, D.C. last week to lobby Congress for more funding for the arts. Celebrity artists of all shapes and sizes have been doing similar work for years, but it’s still nice to know that there are some (at least partially) self-aware celebrities who are willing to throw their influence around.

3. In California they didn’t even need Alec Baldwin to stand up and fight for the arts, because a coalition of state politicians, parents, and business leaders are drumming up support to put the arts back in the California public school system. It turns out that business leaders want to hire creative employees rather than automated robots with advanced degrees, I know, go figure. This news helped spawn Create CA, a initiative designed to bring funding, awareness, and formal education of the arts back to the California public school system. The initiative is still in its infancy, so art lovers shouldn’t be celebrating just yet. But it is extremely encouraging to see that a broad group of concerned citizens from all walks of life are willing to fight for their arts.

4. Remember that study from the National Endowment for the Arts that said arts education can be extremely beneficial to students in low-income schools, well the government took notice, and now Obama and his decision-makers have decided to pump up the arts education in eight struggling schools with the hopes that student achievement will be positively affected by an increase in creative education. It’s nice to see the government recognize that students in low-income schools haven’t had much exposure to the arts at all, and now the government will inject an additional $1 million into each of the eight schools and hope that music classes, drama classes, and painting classes will help spur the children’s academic performance in other areas as well. Only time will tell, but you can’t help but love the willingness of the government to try something new when nothing else seems to work.

5. Forbes deserves kudos for bringing this to our attention, but infusing my favorite Gameboy game, Pokemon, with artistic expression could be one of the cooler things I have seen in months. This Tumblr account asked 151 artists for their artistic take on each Pokemon character and the results are breathtaking both in beauty, imagination, and diversity. Does this project have any significant worth in the grand scheme of the noble pursuit of art? Probably not. But it is a really cool way to showcase 151 different artistic styles in one project, so they deserve mentioning.

My favorite of the gallery.

 

Tuesday Five: Art News Roundup 4.10.12

Our art news roundup was a little slow out of the gates this week thanks to the holiday weekend, but you didn’t think we were going to abandon the feature all together did you? Well we aren’t. We are still dedicated to becoming the No. 1 resource for people interested in art careers, and so we are going to continue to provide art career items that are newsworthy.  If you have any news you think we should include, email us at info@theartcareerproject.com.

The Five

1. Unfortunately, we start this week’s roundup with some bad news tied to — you guessed it — art funding. More applicants and the same amount of bare bones funding from Congress means that the National Endowment for the Arts was forced to make some difficult financial decisions when it came to awarding grants to this year. One place the cuts are expected to hit hardest when they become official April 25 is at PBS, where more than $1 million of federal production aid will be stripped from PBS performing arts programs. The public broadcasting services runs a number of performing arts shows on their networks, and those shows rely heavily on funding from the NEA. Funding that is not going to be nearly as plentiful this year. It is especially telling that everyone involved seems to recognize that this isn’t an NEA problem, it is a problem at the federal level, as those in the know blame Congress for not funding the NEA better.

2. In the art industry, when an artist dies, there works usually become more valuable, and landscape painter Thomas Kinkade was no exception. Kinkade became famous in the 1990s when he successfully marketed his paintings of landscapes and other domestic scenes on television and in a national chain of galleries. On Friday, he died of unspecified causes at the age of 54. Now, because of his fame and his complicated personal legacy, his works have become something of a hot commodity. If you are trying to jump into the collecting fray, this article will help give you some guidelines on how to protect yourself from fraud.

3. Assuming they are serious when they say they aren’t interested in generating revenue from the project, I am a huge fan of the Google Art Project. After launching early last year, Google has been partnering with art collections and museums from across the world to make much of the artwork housed in these places more accessible for public consumption. These aren’t just pictures of famous art however, the project uses the same technology Google uses for their street views to allow users to virtually move throughout the gallery. The National Gallery of Modern Art is the latest well-known museum to jump on board and I expect more to follow once the project picks up steam. I understand why museums might be reluctant to share the famous works they so diligently pursued, but art should be about sharing, and that is exactly what this project does.

4. In this week’s edition of “Idiots caught committing art fraud”, a segment I invented just now, we find 43-year-old Matthew Taylor, who was arrested in September and charged with defrauding an art collector of more than $2 million dollars. Apparently Taylor sold this collector a bunch of doctored paintings by unknown artists  by claiming they were painted by famous folks like Monet and Van Gogh. The guy apparently is also being accused of stealing paintings in California and money laundering. Good work Matthew Taylor! You have once again proven how foolish it is for people to try and earn quick cash by selling fake art work. I’m sure there have been plenty of scam artists who have gotten away with this over the years, but most of these con men end up caught, especially when their con involves extremely large sums of money. What does this have to do with art careers? Well let’s just say you probably won’t see an article on a career in art fraud anytime soon on our site.

5. We end today with a news item that should interest museums and art gallery owners everywhere. The world’s most famous museum, The Louvre, is in an ongoing partnership with the world’s most famous creator of princess-saving Italian plumbers, Nintendo, and the most recent product of this partnership is an audio and visual guide that Nintendo developed so that museum patrons receive an interactive experience while they meander through The Louvre’s ample collection. This is hardly a revolutionary idea, as many museums have added audio tours to their experience. The difference may lie in the breadth of Nintendo’s tour, which includes 3D experiences and tons of high definition pictures. Kudos to The Louvre for embracing technology in what can be a stodgy industry.

Subtle Ways Art Is Making

When most people think about art, they think about paintings on a wall, or sculptures in a garden, or brightly-colored origami. It’s easy to appreciate the craftsmanship of well-done paintings and sculptures, and they can be aesthetically pleasing, but most people don’t see how this art can make an impact in other ways.

When administrators decide to make budget cuts to a school curriculum, the arts program is usually among the first to get the ax. Their reasoning is that art is fun and interesting, but it doesn’t help students get a job, and it doesn’t give students skills that they will need to succeed in life.

Luckily we are here to prove those short-sighted administrators wrong. Not all examples on the following list show how art helps students succeed. But some of the examples do, and others prove that art makes a difference in people’s lives, even if some don’t notice it.

1. It can help students academically

We went over this briefly in our roundup yesterday, but the National Endowment for The Arts released a study explaining that at-risk students who have a high level of arts engagement actually perform better academically, aspire to higher career goals, and become more active in the community. The report cautions that cause doesn’t necessarily mean correlation in these instances, but unlocking a child’s creativity seems to be help make the child a more well-rounded student. Sure, math and reading and science are important subjects for any young student to learn about.  But the arts aren’t just some fluff subject that are a pleasant break from intensive learning. The arts are a subject just like the rest of them, and they are helping students blossom just the same.

2. It can be a positive distraction

The unfortunate truth of illness and disease is that hospitals can be depressing places to spend a lot of time, especially for young children. In Massachusetts, decision-makers have found a way to alleviate some of that boredom and sadness using art. Over the past five years, instructors from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts have been making regular trips to the Children’s Hospital in Boston and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to help young patients get a break from their often grueling treatments — and the results are encouraging. The children love it, and their parents can see it is improving the children’s quality of life. Researchers say the exposure to the arts helps decrease levels of stress as well, and regular cancer treatments are undoubtedly stressful for anyone, let alone young children. It may not provide direct medical assistance, but don’t try and tell us it isn’t making a difference in these children’s lives.

3. It can be therapeutic

Developmental disabilities such as autism and schizophrenia can be difficult for anyone to deal with. Mood swings, depression, anger, and reclusive behavior are hallmarks of some of these disabilities, and unfortunately, medical science can only do so much to curb these symptoms. That difficulty is exactly why some people are thinking outside the box, and using expressive art therapy to bring the patients out of their shell. Whether it’s music, sketching, dancing, or even dramatic reenactments, art therapy provides abstract benefits to those who are struggling with disabilities. This doesn’t cure them, but nothing will. Instead it improves their mood, and helps them become less reclusive. And every little bit helps.

4. It raises awareness

The spoken and written word can be powerful ways to bring light to issues of any magnitude. But let’s not forget about visual art either. It could be photographers documenting damage to nature, or videographers creating compelling films about AIDS or violations of human rights in other countries, or even painted plates raising awareness about the issue of capital punishment. Whatever it is, art is a powerful way for people to convey a message, sometimes even more powerful than words. Take the plates example, stories of prisoners on death row can be powerful, but paintings depicting the last meal of more than 400 prisoners inspire far more emotion visually than any written word could provide — no matter how eloquently written.

25 Graphic Designers You Should Know By Now – 2012

Designers of any variety are a criminally underappreciated group, especially in today’s increasingly digital world. Few people stop to think about who created the images for a certain ad campaign, or who created the colorful logo for a certain company, or even who created the design of their favorite website. But the truth of the matter is that there is a designer behind each and every one of those things. And without graphic designers the world of advertising, the Internet, and branding would be a lot less interesting and diverse.

So we are here to rectify that problem the only way we know how – by shining our tiny spotlight on some excellent designers of every shape and size and letting them know we appreciate their talents. While you are reading this abbreviated list, please keep in mind, this is not meant to be a comprehensive or definitive list in any way. These designers aren’t ranked in terms of talent or notoriety. There are literally thousands of talented designers across the globe, and to try and claim some are better than others is just silly.

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David Airey

Based in Northern Ireland, Airey has established himself as one of the most well-respected brand identity designers in the world and has the impressive client list (Yellow Pages, Giacom, etc.) to back it up. Airey doesn’t just stick to his designing guns however. He has also written a book on creating brand identities and operates three blogs, including his personal site, where he offers advice on everything from tips for design students to advice on how to walk the fine line between spamming and effective e-mail marketing. Airey has quickly built his personal brand and influence within the industry and will be exciting to watch down the road.

Follow him — @davidairey

Mark Boulton

Talk about a man who wears many hats, with all the different things going on in his life, it’s amazing Boulton is able to keep it all organized. In addition to being an insightful writer and well-travelled conference speaker, Boulton still finds time to run his own small website design studio, and also independently publish design books on the side as well. As if that wasn’t enough, he has also authored multiple books on design and is an active tweeter who interacts with followers, offers design insight, and occasional humorous observations from his travels. There are few designers with a more diverse set of accomplishments than Boulton.

Follow him — @markboulton

Jen Simmons

A A freelance designer & consultant, HTML5 fanatic, and 20-year veteran of the design industry, Simmons combines in-depth subject knowledge and an expansive web presence to make her one of the more influential professionals in the design space. Simmons’ design experience extends beyond the web and into film, and she has extensive experience as a media arts teacher at both the collegiate and the high school level. She is perhaps best known for her popular podcast, The Web Ahead, on which her and her guests discuss evolving technologies and the future of the Internet in a very engaging manner.

Follow her — @jensimmons

Khoi Vinh  

As the former design director for NYTimes.com, Vinh is a talented graphic designer with unique insights on the increasingly digital world of news consumption and how presentation and design plays into that consumption. But his career as a graphic designer encompasses much more. Most recently, the company he founded is responsible for the social collage app, Mixel, which allows amateur artists create their own images and share them with friends. If you still aren’t satisfied, Vinh writes often on his website where he offers opinion on the new iPad and gives nuanced advice to fellow visual designers.

Follow him — @khoi

Scott Kellum

Kellum is a front-end developer currently lending his HTML and CSS expertise to creating dynamic templates for Treesaver.net, in-browser technology that makes publishing and consumption easy and aesthetically pleasing. A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design, Kellum blends both old and new school design methods. His previous work includes time as a typeface designer and his design experience and interests extends far beyond his work as a front-end developer.

Follow him — @scottkellum

Scott Hansen

An artist in the truest sense of the word, Hansen combines his impressive design work with a budding career as a musician, making him one of the more intriguing designers on the web. We still avoid the music since we can hardly be considered experts on the subject and just say that his design portfolio – which can be found on clothing, in print, and on his blog – is filled with fascinating color schemes and styles that show his immense talent as a designer of any variety.

Follow him — @ISO50

Brad Frost

Like many of the designers on this list, Frost is an artist in more ways than one. In addition to his impressive work as a mobile designer and front-end developer, Frost is also a bassist (who can play other instruments) and a painter (who can draw using other tools). His best work can be seen in his wide portfolio of sites he created, but he is also a talented writer with plenty of opinions of the future of the web and design.

Follow him — @brad_frost

Ben Terrett

One of the most accomplished and experienced designers on the list, Terrett currently serves as the Head of Design for the Government Digital Service, an office within that UK Government that delivers digital public services. Terret’s career as a big wig or board member for some of the most well-respected design agencies and companies in the world has made him an influential voice in the world of design. If you are looking to find out what that voice has to say, his blog is filled with sometimes-random musings and observations on designs, logos, and anything else from his travels.

Follow him — @benterrett

Chris Spooner

An independent graphic designer and developer, Spooner has carved out a niche in the industry by combining excellent graphics and design work with handy design tutorials and advice he offers up from his blog. Few designers seem to love vivid colors as much as Spooner, but he seems to be best known for his incredibly popular tutorials on diverse subjects within the world of graphic design. His sites are a must-read for aspiring designers looking for tricks of the trade.

Follow him — @chrisspooner

Debbie Millman

There are few designers in the world who can match the experience, expertise, and diverse portfolio of Millman. The president of the design division at Sterling Brands, Millman is a respected voice in the world of branding, but she doesn’t stop there. She has also penned five books, writes about design for FastCompany.com, hosts a popular radio show, and chairs the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. It is safe to say that if you are immersed in the world of design, you already know who Millman is. And if you don’t, you probably should familiarize yourself with her work and career.

Follow her — @debbiemillman

Elliot Swan

Swan is a freelance web designer and developer who made the list not only for his insightful and snarky writing, but also for his work as the creative director and co-founder of Durocast. An experienced and talented web designer and template creator, Swan co-founded Durocast in 2009 and the startup has grown rapidly since. The idea is to aggregate great radio stations from across the country, giving listeners a chance to hear and experience music and radio programming from across the country, and giving radio stations a chance to increase their listenership and enlarge their footprint across the country.

Follow him — @elliothere

Stephanie and Bryan Rieger

We can confirm the Rieger duo are, in fact, two different people, but they are both designers, working together to create some of the more compelling mobile website designs and interactive media platforms on the web, so we will count them as one. In addition their work as mobile designers, they also spend a great deal of time thinking about the future and evolution of mobile design, thoughts they convey intelligently in both presentations and writing.

Follow them — @yiibu

Aaron Gustafson

The founder and principal consultant of Easy! Designs, Gustafson has become one of the more well-recognized designers on the web thanks to his business, his active social media presence, and his expertise in multiple aspects of website design including languages and architecture. In fact, if you are interested in website design, it can’t be difficult to avoid Gustafson, whose writing, opinions, and advice are strewn about the web. If you are interested in learning more, you are in luck, because Gustafson’s passion for website design is only equaled by his passion for passing his knowledge on to others.

Follow him — @aarongustafson

David N. Brooks

An audio producer turned visual arts connoisseur, Brooks is a talented designer from the Midwest whose design studio, Northward Compass, has built its reputation with simple and elegant websites, logos for branding, and colorful and diverse photography. His most recent project, the app Thousand Wires, is an innovative and visual aid for musicians looking to get organized.

Follow him — @davidnbrooks

Jacob Cass

With a knack for creating excellent brand identity designs and a client roster that spans the globe, Jacob Cass, the founder of JUST Creative design studio, has established himself as one of the preeminent brand identity designers in the world. Working with the likes of Nike, Jerry Seinfeld, and Capcom, the Australia native has the luxury of working for himself and still securing plenty of big-name clients and high-profile work. He also is more than willing to share his opinion on graphic design and brand identity via his writing on his blog.

Follow him — @justcreative

Tina Roth Eisenberg

The aptly nicknamed “Swiss Miss” moved to New York from Switzerland before the turn of the century and has been honing her work as a designer in the Big Apple ever since. A veteran of some of the city’s best design firms, Eisenberg isn’t taking on any client work right now, but that hasn’t stopped her from posting her musings and favorite designs to the 900,000 visitors she gets to her blog each month. Few designers are lucky enough to even be able to dream about accruing that sort of following, luckily Eisenberg has the experience and skill to back it up.

Follow her — @swissmiss

Veerle Pieters

A design and CSS wizard, Pieters boasts some of the most vibrant and visually appealing designs of anyone across the Internet, and her portfolio is vast. The Belgian native has been doing print and web design since the early 1990’s and has earned her reputation as one of the best designers in the business, even taking the time to design the cover of Aaron Gustafson’s book on adaptive design. This multi-disciplined designer is a name to remember as she continues to pump out colorful designs and offers tips and advice on her blog.

Follow her — @vpieters

Michael Surtees

An experienced web and graphic designer, Surtees is the principal and creative director at Gesture Theory, a small design studio most recently known for creating Deckpub, a tablet publishing platform. But it’s his writing that makes him such an interesting designer to follow. Surtees created and runs DesignNotes, where his passion for design is on display. He writes about designs and advertisements he sees on the street, he writes about the everyday interactions between people and design, and he writes his opinions on new technology as they relate to design.  Some designers don’t transition from visual to written storytelling particularly well; Surtees is not one of those people.

Follow him — @MichaelSurtees

 Sergio Acosta

A former journalist and producer for BBC, Acosta has combined his love for storytelling and his love for design to co-found Designing Stories, an aptly named storytelling and web design studio that helps businesses tell the story of their company or product in an appealing fashion. The London-based studio Acosta helps run has the reputation of a full-service studio that doesn’t just design an excellent website but also takes the time to learn the client’s story and use even the minutest details to enhance that story.

Follow him — @sergioacosta

Stephen Hay

A Netherlands transplant and California native, Hay has been working in the design industry for the better part of two decades. He has used that extensive experience to start a web design consulting business, Zero Interface, where he helps clients with the creative strategy and design for their website. Hay has translated his experience and success into a number of speaking engagements where he lends his expertise to thoughts on CSS and web design in general.

Follow him — @stephenhay

Larissa Meek

A former model and Miss USA contestant, Meek is more than just a pretty face; she is also a talented web and visual designer with plenty of experience and a diverse portfolio of paintings, sculptures, and digital designs. While she doesn’t accept freelance work, she is a creative director for AgencyNet, so it’s safe to say that her best days of design are still ahead of her.

Follow her — @larissameek

Jackie Ellse

A native South African, Ellse is a talented web designer who focuses on interface design. One look at her website and you can see that her website portfolio and client list is extensive and her designs show skill and creativity. Some designers will try to create such an amazing web design they end up falling flat on their face, Ellse on the other hand creates simple yet effective designs that improve the user experience while also maintaining a visually appealing design.

Follow her — @designspace

Lee Munroe

A native of Northern Ireland who moved to California, Munroe is the latest in a long line of multidisciplinary designers who specialize in user experience and user interface designs for everything from mobile to desktop apps. In addition, his writing on web design can be found all over the Internet and his passion for web standards is clear in his work. Like Ellse before him, Munroe’s philosophy seems to be that simple is better than complex, and his interface designs reflect that philosophy.

Follow him — @leemunroe

Emma Taylor

Last but certainly not least, Taylor calls the island of Cyprus home and after designing and branding an enormous lifestyle magazine on the island, Taylor decided to take her web designing talents elsewhere and began taking on freelance work full-time. A web standards enthusiast like so many of her colleagues on this list, Taylor has built quite the portfolio of clean, effective website designs that not only aid user experience but also create a strong brand identity for the client.

Follow her — @emtaylor