Beatrix Potter: Born on July 28, 1866

YoungwDogHelen Beatrix Potter was born on 28th July 1866 at 2 Bolton Gardens, in Kensington, London to a wealthy family. Both Beatrix’s parents lived on inheritances from the cotton trade and, though qualified as a barrister, her father, Rupert, focused much of his time on his passion for art and photography. He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed an active social lifeBooks among a group of writers, artists and politicians and the family included many connoisseurs and practitioners of art. Helen herself was a fine embroiderer and watercolourist and Edmund Potter, PeterRabbitBeatrix’s paternal grandfather, was co-founder and president of the Manchester School of Design.

Art lessons were provided but Beatrix found them barely tolerable. She politely rebelled,TomKitten secretly worried that copying another artist would compromise her own originality, and hoped that she “wouldn’t catch it.” More to her liking were outings with her father, an

sometime amateur photographer, to the great art galleries of London which constituted her real artistic apprenticeship. Her education was limited only by her capacity to OlderwDogobserve. Although she experimented with a variety of media, by 19 she had chosen watercolour and was rapidly perfecting her dry-brush technique.



The Beatrix Potter Society~

Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms~

“Beatrix Potter Artist and Illustrator” exhibition 2005~


Isaac Stern: Born July 21, 1920

stern1Stern’s family moved to the United States and settled in San Francisco when he was one year old. His mother, a professional singer, gave him his first music lessons. He began studying the violin at the San Francisco Conservatory in 1928. In 1932 he became the third immensely talented San Francisco-area boy to train with the San Francisco Symphony concertmaster Louis Persinger (the others were Menuhin and Ruggiero Ricci). However, he considered Naoum Blinder, with whom he studied until the age of 15, his only true teacher. Stern made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony on February 18, 1936, with Pierre Monteux conducting the Third Concerto by Saint-Saëns.

However, Stern was to become as famous internationally for his contribution to public causes as he was Stern2for his concert performances and recordings. His social contributions took many forms: his most noted involvement as a cultural activist was his pivotal role in the 1960 salvation of Carnegie Hall, then facing demolition. Elected president of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, he guided the affairs of the edifice he called “our country’s affirmation of the human spirit” (Stern and Potok, p. 141) until the end of his life. He was chairman of the board of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and founder and chairman of the Stern3Jerusalem Music Center, and in the United States he campaigned for and became a founding member of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1964. In 1975 he received the first Albert Schweitzer Award for “a life’s work dedicated to music and devoted to humanity” and two years later was made a member of the French Légion d’Honneur.

Obituary, New York Times~

Grants: AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators


The AAMC Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators, made possible with major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, is a two-year Program for three non-US based curators and three US Liaisons working on or having worked within exhibitions and projects that explore historic American Art (c. 1500-1980), including painting; sculpture; works on paper, including prints, drawing and photography; decorative arts; and excluding architecture; design; and performance. The Program offers numerous benefits for Awardees, including travel funding.

Through fostering international relationships between curators, the Program aims to not  only provide opportunities for professional development and exchange, but also to expand and strengthen the international curatorial community and give primacy to the curatorial voice in the international dialogue between museum professionals.The Program will be an active part of building international partnerships, leading cross-border conversations, and spearheading international representation within AAMC’s membership & AAMC Foundation’s efforts.

Information and applications here~
Please note that all applications are due by October 15, 2016

Campos de Gutierrez Residency Program


Campos de Gutierrez Residency Program – Open Call

The Campos de Gutíerrez Residency Program invites artists, designers, curators and art historians from around the world to develop projects on a historic homestead on the outskirts of Medellin, Colombia. The program was established in 2011 and is designed to facilitate processes of investigation, production, and exchange among residents and the local community.
During their residency, artists produce works to be exhibited in one of the Medellin’s many galleries and cultural centers. Critiques are an integral part of the residency experience and inform the direction of each exhibition.
Each residency session receives between four and six artists.

Information/Application here:  Campos de Gutierrez – Home

Charles Sheeler: Born July 16, 1883


Charles Sheeler (1883–1965)~
Power / Fortune, December1940~


The American modernist Charles Sheeler (1883–1965) explored the relationships between photography, film, and more traditional media such as painting and drawing with more rigor and intellectual discipline than perhaps any other artist of his generation. As in a well-conceived scientific experiment, Sheeler used his own photographs and film stills as the basis for paintings and drawings, thus crystallizing the differences and similarities between them. Works in one medium manage to function as independent objects while also being inextricably linked to works in other media.Charles Sheeler: Across Media


100th anniversary of the Dada Manifesto~

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The 1st and 2nd DADA Art Manifestos~
DADA: the art movement that questioned everything~–the-art-movement-that-questioned-everything/41939442
Dada as a worldview~
Dada~ Born February 5, 1916~

Marcia Brown: Born July 13, 1918


CinderellaIn 1946, Brown published her first book The Little Carousel, which chronicles the adventures of a lonely little boy who hears the sound of a merry-go-round near his home and features Brown’s vivid description of a bustling neighborhood in Greenwich Village, where she lived upon first arriving in New York City. The Little Carousel, which she wrote and illustrated, was followed by over thirty more books during her career. Brown’s first award was Caldecott Honors for Stone Soup (1948), an old folktale Brown retold and illustrated. SheMouse won the Caldecott Medal three times, and received Caldecott Honors a total of six times. She also received the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, for  Once a Mouse… (1961), and her book  How, Hippo! (1969), the story of a baby hippo and a crocodile, was an American Library Association ShadowNotable Book.   Brown illustrated more than thirty books, most of which she either wrote or adapted. She loves folklore and illustrated a number of classic tales from around the world, including Puss in Boots (1952),  Anasi, the Spider Man (1954), and  The Flying Carpet (1956). Throughout her career, Brown used a wide variety of media, although her most distinctive illustrations are her colored woodblocks. In 1986, Brown published  Lotus Seeds: Children, Pictures, and Books, a compilation of her essays and speeches, and her only book for adults.

Obituary, New York Times~

Exhibition Opportunity For Art Basel Miami

ArtBaselExhExhibition Opportunity For Art Basel Miami
For International artists

The Exposure Program, in conjunction with the Aqua Art Fair, will be selecting emerging artists for exhibition during Art Basel Miami, the largest art fair in the Americas, taking place in December of 2016.
Applications are currently being accepted from emerging and mid-career artists.
Now in its sixth year, the Exposure Program will be bringing emerging and mid-career artists to this highly attended art fair, while also preparing artists with the promotion and career training they need to make the most of such an opportunity. More information is available at the link.
90% commission given to the artist on all sales of artwork. There is no fee to apply to the Exposure Program, but upon acceptance the participation fee is $2995.

The deadline to apply is July 30th, 2016.

Oscar Hammerstein II: Born July 12, 1895

Oscar Clendenning Hammerstein II (1895-1960) was perhaps the most influential lyricist and librettist of the American theater. Major musicals for which he wrote the lyrics include “Show Boat,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” and “The Sound of Music.”
Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II~