At Roswell Park, cancer patients choose art that hangs in their hospital rooms

This is wonderful!

We need more ways to get art into public places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center volunteer Julie Legters hangs a drawing in a patient’s room on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko.

The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding.

But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming.

Like clockwork every Tuesday, longtime Roswell volunteer Julie Legters rolls what’s known as a patient art cart up to Banko’s hospital room, chats and shows her various images of photographs, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that are loaded onto an iPad. If she wants, Banko can pick out a work of art, and Legters will hang the framed original in her room.

As many as 65 other patients on two hospital floors of Roswell can do the same thing.

Continue at Buffalo News

Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600000 outdoor art near USF med school

A rendering shows what the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will look like when completed in 2019. Developers are seeking artists and designs for a large piece of public art between the medical school building and a new office building planned next door. [Rendering courtesy of the USF Health]

Water Street Tampa called Wednesday for artists to send in their ideas for a big piece of public art for the outdoor plaza between one of the $3 billion project’s office buildings and the new University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

The art should reflect Water Street Tampa’s focus on health, the environment, science and medicine, said Strategic Property Partners, the joint venture between Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment capital fund.

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Former Painter Captures Stunning Photos of Magical Landscapes Around the World

Outdoor Photography by Cuma Cevik

Turkish photographer Cuma Cevik organizes adventurous trips to a wide range of countries after being inspired to shoot incredible landscape photography around the world. Bringing along curious travelers, they set out on photo safaris to capture the magical landscapes of each setting. Interestingly, it was an early love of fine art that brought Cevik toward his current profession.

Initially interested in oil painting, he instead studied to become a social studies teacher when the art academy proved too costly. It was during university that he took up photography as a creative outlet. Upon graduation, he began traveling the world to shoot stunning outdoor photography. He was initially drawn to landscape photography thanks to the rich nature he was surrounded by in the Turkish city of Bolu, and the pull toward landscape photography has only grown stronger as he has continued to voyage around the world.

Surreal Landscape Photography

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Google App Finds Your Fine Art Lookalike: How to Use It

Just in case you missed the recent obsession…

Specifically, the Arts & Culture app will take a selfie you shoot and run it through a database of artworks shared by institutions partnered with Google cultural program. Then, it will present you with the top matches, with a percentage that indicates how close a match it thinks you are.

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Is Art Created by AI Really Art?

I have a feeling we will be asking many more similar questions regarding AI soon.

I found these examples of robotically generated art and music to be polished and appealing. But something kept nagging at me: What happens in a world where effort and scarcity are no longer part of the definition of art?

A mass-produced print of the Mona Lisa is worth less than the actual Leonardo painting. Why? Scarcity—there’s only one of the original. But Amper churns out another professional-quality original piece of music every time you click “Render.” Elgammal’s AI painter can spew out another 1,000 original works of art with every tap of the enter key. It puts us in a weird hybrid world where works of art are unique—every painting is different—but require almost zero human effort to produce. Should anyone pay for these things? And if an artist puts AI masterpieces up for sale, what should the price be?

Full Story at Scientific American

Renowned drummer Steve Smith turns music into a visual art

If you’re a famous drummer, how do you turn drumming into an art form that people can buy, collect and hang on their wall?

Ashlander Steve Smith, who was the drummer with the famed ’70s-80s rock group Journey (and still does the occasional tour with them), creates “art” by drumming for 10 or 20 seconds with lighted drumsticks, recording it with time-lapse photography, making an impression of the resulting image on canvas and signing it for fans and collectors.

This novel art form is sold with a lavish coffee table book on his work, which includes a write-up about the concept, style and feeling portrayed in each photo, with a vinyl LP of what’s being played.

Continue at: Ashland Daily Tidings

Need A Creative Idea In 10 Minutes? Play With The Stuff On Your Desk

If there’s one prerequisite to creativity, Birsel believes it’s a sense of fun, a “playful spirit,” unlike the mind-set that rote or analytical tasks usually demand. “When you’re in a playful mode, you’re less of afraid of making mistakes and you’re less judgmental, which is really key to any creative endeavor. That little voice in your head that says, ‘Well that’s a bad idea!’–it’s the worst possible friction to creativity.”

By playing with the stuff on your desk for 10 minutes, “You’re not trying to prove that you’re the most creative person in the room,” she adds, you’re just trying to silence that voice and start having fun.

Read at : Fast Company

The best design, art & animation events in 2018: Exhibitions, conferences, festivals & more

Looking for something to do in 2018?  Here are some ideas from Digital Arts Online

We’ve started to bring together the best events and shows for creatives from around the UK – and a few major ones you might want to consider booking a trip to.

We’ve included exhibitions to inspire you, conferences to help build your skills and trade shows to learn about the latest technology that could help you push your work into new areas. We’ll be updating throughout the year as more events are announced, so keep checking back.

We kick off with 11 exhibitions, conferences, classes and festivals, starting with illustrator Sam Gilbey’s (work seen here) live art class in London.

Read at Digital Arts Online