As we continue to grow towards our goal of becoming the No. 1 resource for people looking for art careers, we figured now was as good a time as any to roll out our new and easy regular feature — the Monday Five — a collection of five stories about art news. Careers in art and the industry itself can be fickle and hard to follow, so we will cull together what we think is the most pertinent art news from the previous week and deliver it to you. Some will be news about the industry, others will be fun and lighthearted stories we thought others might miss. They will all be about art in some for or another. If you have any news you think we should include, email us at [email protected].
1. The city of Charleston, South Carolina is in danger of losing its ballet organization that has been a staple in the community for nearly three decades. Resignations from many board members, dancers’ allegations of a toxic work environment, and financial woes, have put the Charleston Ballet Theatre in a tenuous position moving forward. There is no doubt everyone from the dancers, to city officials, to the citizens of Charleston want the organization to stay up and running, but that will take solutions to a lot of internal unrest, better working conditions for dancers, and most importantly, an influx of fresh cash.
2. Looking for a story that will tug at your heartstrings? Good, because this story about artist Mandy Kjellstrom’s new exhibit, composed of portraits of the homeless people who she sees daily in her volunteer work at a local church, will leave you inspired. The story of how the exhibit came to be is an excellent one, so I urge you to read the whole article, but if you don’t have that much time, just look at the samples of the portraits themselves. It is cliche to say that a picture is worth 1000 words, but in this instance, the detailed portraits say so much more about their subjects than any newspaper article ever could.
3. Thanks to a donation from an art education fund, a local Arizona artist gets to teach weekly art sessions to a group elementary school students, something that we feel should be happening at every elementary school in the country in our opinion. As many already know, many districts are facing budget issues in their schools, and usually one of the first programs to go is the art program. We understand that the financial strains can back decision-makers into a corner, but erasing art from a young student’s education is only making it harder for people to break into the art industry. Are weekly art sessions going to suddenly drive hundreds of students to become painters? Probably not. But it will at least let students know they have plenty of options.
4. Apple is taking some heat from critics for the new design of their Apple TV device, most notably from a former engineer who said the current design is similar to one that the late Steve Jobs rejected five years ago. The blogosphere reacted predictably and soon stories of how Apple’s design principles were going down the drain were splashed all across the web. Of course that former engineer, Michael Margolis, later clarified his statements and said that the grid design made sense and that the slow demise of Apple’s designs were overblown. Such is life in the reactive world of technology blogging.
5. One of our favorite art blogs on the Internet is the Art Biz Blog, run by former museum curator and art fanatic Alyson B. Stanfield. Chances are, you will see a lot of links from her blog in this space in the future. This week she has a guest post from Debby L. Williams, the Director of Oklahoma Art in Public Places, about the pricing and value of art. She makes it quick because her and Stanfield are hosting a teleseminar on the subject later this week, but even in those few words, she gives people looking to price and buy art, plenty to think about.