NYCB Art Series Presents Lauren Redniss

January 9, 2020


Lauren Redniss, an artist and author of several works of visual non-fiction, has been invited by New York City Ballet to create a signature installation for their eighth annual Art Series.

She will create a 360-degree panorama of portraits depicting more than 100 people who work at New York City Ballet, celebrating the behind-the-scenes efforts that are the lifeblood of the theater.

Redniss wants visitors to be surrounded by faces, color, and light. She says, “By looking into the eyes of each person and reading their words, I hope visitors’ experience of coming to the theater will gain a new dimension.”

The installations will be on view at three special New York City Ballet Art Series performances on February 1 eve, 7, and 27 where all tickets are priced at $35. Performances are on sale now at nycballet.com/artseries.



Join Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies for a Floral Art for Interiors Certificate

January 6, 2020


This spring, join Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies for a one-of-a-kind, fine art-inspired floral design program led by master florists. Courses can be taken individually or take all three to earn a Floral Art for Interiors certificate.

Small is Beautiful: Big Designs for Small Spaces

Explore the fundamentals of composition, proportion, and scale to create large-scale floral designs that suit any space.

Modern Interiors: Apartments with a View

Called “Fashion’s favorite florist” Oscar Mora brings an in-depth knowledge of interior design to his floristry for home décor. With a degree in Interior Design from the Academy of Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela, Oscar began his career designing for photo shoots, fashion boutiques, and private parties. Since then, his floral creations have graced the pages of top editorial magazines and runways of NY Fashion Week. Guided by Oscar learn to analyze and create the optimal designs for every type of setting.

Haute Bohemians

Bella Meyer holds a PhD in art history from the Sorbonne and has a long and illustrious career in the arts crowned by decades as a floral designer. A deeply culturally informed person she draws connections and inspiration from fine art, dance, literature and classical music in her floral practice. Reach new heights guided by Bella designing avant-garde floral designs that reflect an interdisciplinary approach.

For more information and to register visit Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies.



Join Innovative Courses and Programs at Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies

November 16, 2019


Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) provides high-quality credit and non-credit courses and programs to adult learners in a variety of subjects for educational advancement, career change, and enrichment. SCPS students obtain the necessary tools to stay ahead in today’s competitive workplace. Through innovative programs and courses, students expand upon and sharpen their skill set to advance their career goals.

Courses are offered at its Manhattan location at 144 West 14th Street during each fall, spring, and summer term, and on Pratt’s campus in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.

Courses include: Making Wearable Art: Beginner Jewelry Fabrication, Finding Your Voice: Branding, Marketing, and Creating Your Unique Presence in the Jewelry Industry, and Computer Aided Design and 3-D Modeling for Jewelers.

This spring, take your jewelry making practice to the next level. Enroll in the Jewelry Design and Marketing Certificate. Engage in a suite of courses intended to help you acquire increased design proficiency and strategies to bring your creations to market. Explore the fundamental building blocks of design and marketing with accomplished jewelry industry professionals.  Take courses individually or all 6 to earn a certificate. Courses include guest speakers and provide multiple opportunities to meet peers, build your professional network and develop a design portfolio.

Courses are offered every term. Courses offered in summer are intensive formats. Contact Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies to learn more and register for the upcoming spring semester.



Olivia Walker Balances Minimalism and Tactile Textures in Ceramics Showcased on her Squarespace Portfolio Site

September 13, 2019


Olivia Walker (previously) creates highly tactile unglazed ceramic vessels using a unique layering technique that edges her pieces with organic ridged “growths”. The U.K.-based artist fell in love with ceramics by chance: after completing her undergraduate degree she took a summer job at a craft gallery. Immediately drawn to the ceramics at the shop, Walker enrolled in an evening course and ultimately completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Ceramics. These days, with her summer job far behind her, Walker’s work is exhibited in galleries around the world. Her ceramics have been shown in Melbourne Design Week at the National Gallery of Victoria and at Hauser & Wirth’s opening of a new contemporary craft space. In 2018, she also traveled to Denmark as an artist in residence at the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre.

Walker’s aesthetic, which balances refinement with physicality, pairs perfectly with Squarespace’s clean, minimal templates. “All of my pieces start by being thrown on the wheel, before being built-upon with thousands of individually-applied fragments of porcelain, that work together to create an organic texture that eats into or grows over the original form,” Walker explains. She uses only natural porcelain with hand-mixed oxides for color to highlight the nuanced details of each piece’s textural exterior. “The minimal palette and simplicity that I aim for in my work has been easy to echo in my website through using the Squarespace platform,” says Walker. “I was looking to create a simple and clean website that showcased my work and background, and in particular that displayed my photographs in a visually impactful way.”

It is a great time to be working in the contemporary craft world, according to Walker. “There are so many opportunities for makers and a renewed interest in craft from the general public. Working with natural materials is inherently human and in the digital world we live in these materials provide something tactile and physical for people to connect to, whether that be through making, collecting or following the journey of different craftspeople.” By prominently featuring social links and a newsletter sign-up on her Squarespace site, Walker keeps a seamless flow between all her marketing outlets to allow curators, art appreciators, and collectors to find her work wherever they prefer.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect match for your creative identity, try Squarespace free for one week. When you’re ready to launch your art practice, brand, or business, use code COLOSSAL to save 10% on a website or domain name.

Photo: Michael Harvey

Photo: Lucas Amillano

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Photo: Sylvain Deleu

Photo: Lucas Amillano

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Join the School of Visual Arts Division of Continuing Education for Fall 2019 Information Sessions

August 26, 2019


Marker-on-paper drawings by James Falciano: Kelly (r)

Fall 2019 Information Sessions
Courses Begin September 18
School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education

Learn about our courses, get the inside scoop on career opportunities, meet our faculty and discover the latest on what we have to offer. These special events begin at 6:30pm and are open to the general public, free of charge.

Wednesday, August 28
136 West 21st Street, room 418F

Tuesday, August 27
380 2nd Ave, room 519B, 5th floor

Fine Arts
Tuesday, August 27
136 West 21st Street, room 418F

Interior Design
Thursday, August 29
133/141 West 21st Street, room 1104C, 11th floor

Visible Futures Lab
Wednesday, August 28
132 West 21st Street, 7th floor

Visual Narrative
Tuesday, September 10
136 West 21st Street, 11th floor

For more details on each information session please visit sva.edu/ce/events.

About School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College visit sva.edu.

School of Visual Arts, Division of Continuing Education
sva.edu/ce | E-mail: [email protected] | Toll-free telephone: 877.242.7200



Dynamic Photographs of Interconnected Figures by Rob Woodcox Take Center Stage With a Squarespace Portfolio Site

August 15, 2019


Photographer Rob Woodcox (previously) travels the world to bring athletes and dancers together in visually captivating locations and poses. The 29-year-old artist first picked up a camera about ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. Woodcox works with a diverse array of models both in studio environments and in deserts and metropolises. A combination of on-site practical effects and post-production editing create the fantastical final images.

Woodcox grew up in Michigan, and shares with Colossal that the lack of a robust local creative industry spurred his imaginative, DIY approach. Woodcox found creative community online, where he connected with likeminded photographers. The scale of his projects grew as his network expanded, and now Woodcox frequently works on client commissions in addition to his personal practice. As his professional identity has evolved over the past eight years, Squarespace has stayed Woodcox’s website platform of choice. Its seamless user experience allows his work to take center stage. “When you’re doing creative work, the website just needs to be simple, clean, and easy to use. And that’s Squarespace. If it’s inhibiting the user’s experience, then that’s a problem,” Woodcox shares with Colossal. 

“Pursuing projects with real people and being a part of things that matter” keeps Woodcox inspired. Teaching workshops has been a huge part of the photographer’s career: to date, he has taught over eighty workshops on five continents. Squarespace’s ecommerce integrations allow students to register for workshops (the next one is in Portland, Oregon) and collectors to purchase fine art prints. An embedded newsletter signup form lets Woodcox’s audience keep up with his latest projects.

“It’s fun to think about what people haven’t even seen yet. I have visions that are so much bigger even than anything I’ve done so far,” Woodcox tells Colossal. “That’s an exciting thing as an artist. I don’t think I’m ever going to run out of fuel. There’s so much that I want to do.”

Ready to show the world your creative potential? Head over to Squarespace.com for a free weeklong trial, and if you like what you see, use code COLOSSAL at checkout to save 10% on your purchase of a website or domain name.




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