Deaccessioning artwork: the complex problem facing museums

The term “deaccessioning” has become a dirty word in the museum world since COVID-19 began. The complex practice of putting an art collection object up for sale has become even more intricate as museums struggle to answer questions around diversity, inclusion, and equity. Suppose an art museum’s mission is to collect and preserve humanity’s artworks […]

10 of the best flower paintings to jumpstart the week

Who doesn’t love a good bouquet? Floral still life paintings have been a mainstay in art since almost the beginning. Whether it’s a bouquet of roses or a single stem chrysanthemum, artists have offered up their take on foliage in more ways than can be counted. To kick start the week, here are 10 canvases […]

U.S museums continue to face uncertain futures amid COVID-19 spikes

The museum where I work as an Interpretive Specialist was one of the first large art institutions to close in early March amidst rising COVID-19 numbers in early March. Nine months later, the U.S is facing spikes in states that were once doing well, in some cases surpassing records from months earlier. These numbers paint […]

Theatre during the pandemic- what’s working and what’s not?

Most endeavours worth doing have some trial and error. This is evident in the current attempts at salvaging some form of theatre during the pandemic. Necessity is the mother of invention, and certainly, necessity has never been felt more strongly for the performing arts communities. But not all inventions meet the mark. So what exactly […]

AR and VR find new life in the social distance age

Various industries are looking to expand their offerings during the social distancing age through virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR)—the art world is no exception. If avid travelers can board a plan in Japan for a virtual vacation, why not let art enthusiasts experience an empty Louvre from their sofa or hang artwork on […]

A brief look at the Crazy Horse Memorial taking shape in South Dakota

When asked where you might find the largest face in the US, one might think of the Statue of Liberty, whose face is eight feet tall, or better yet, Mount Rushmore, which depicts the visages of four US presidents at around 60 feet or so. However, the real answer lies not far from the Mount […]

Back to school for the arts- a worrisome return to form

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever.   While the legendary Alice Cooper line may be a bit of hyperbole, this is one year where there was reason to pause on whether we were going to see a normal return to our schools and post-secondary education systems any time soon. As the world over begins […]