Afrofuturist Artist Krista Franklin: And, Also, Too

Visual artist Krista Franklin uses various media to create fantastic new worlds inspired by science fiction, the Black Arts Movement, and Afrofuturism.

Introducing “And, Also, Too”: A Column Dedicated to the Theory and Practice of Art

The image of the artist as eccentric genius or shaman is ubiquitous in popular culture for good reason. ...
Award-winning artist Betye Saar, shown here setting up her "Tangled Roots" exhibit at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus of Penn State in 1996.

The Assemblage Sculptures of Betye Saar

Artist Betye Saar subverts, reclaims, and draws on both public and personal spaces. Her work remains as relevant today as it did when it was first created. 
A box of antique jewelry.

What Love Tokens Can Tell Us About Poor Women in Early Modern England

Poor English women imbued everyday objects with an emotional power that they gave and received. These were known as love tokens. 
Pine forrest [sic], Summit Station, Catawissa R.R. Photo by John Moran

When Photography Wasn’t Art

Today, photography is commonly accepted as a fine art. But through much of the 19th century, it was an art world outcast.
Edgar Heap of Birds

The Cheyenne Artist Who Is Challenging the Silenced History of Native Americans

Using freeway signs as his medium, artist Edgar Heap of Birds disrupts American perceptions of Native-American culture and history.
Reprint of engraving by Martin Droeshout

The Artist Behind Shakespeare’s Most Famous Portrait

Though considered a limited artist, Martin Droeshout engraved the only portrait of Shakespeare, which appeared on the cover of the first folio.
Artifact Piece by James Luna


How Luiseno Indian Artist James Luna Resists Cultural Appropriation

Artist James Luna uses his body as an intervention to white art-historical practices.
Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley: The Unlikely Star of the Hit Show “Empire”

Delve into the art and culture of Fox’s “Empire” through the monumental portrait paintings of Kehinde Wiley.

After Returning From War, Veterans Find Solace In Art

The role of art in helping veterans heal from the traumas of war.