The Courage to Interrupt

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In many of the interviews I do, I like to discuss the idea of turning points in people’s lives and the moment that things really changed for them. And of course, in my own life, I have many of those stories, but the one that came to mind recently was how I ended up getting started in producing and in a room with Broadway producers. Back when I was teaching, I was producing small shows at the Off-Off-Broadway level and used certain venues often. There was one venue that housed multiple theatres and I got to know the manager of […]

Featured Artists: Ninth Street Collective

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Being an artist is a serious profession, but too often, many of the skills needed to succeed are not taught in art school. For most artists, balancing studio time with career opportunities can be overwhelming, especially when they are self-directed. Fortunately, this is where entrepreneurial groups like Ninth Street Collective (NSC) can help artists by providing them with tools to learn the business of art. With a focus on professional development, the Collective, founded by five female members, fortifies emerging and mid-career artists by generating long and short term goals, creating action plans and strategizing career paths. From identifying exhibition […]

Featured Artist: Brian Singer

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Someguy, also known as Brian Singer, is a San Francisco based fine artist whose projects have received international attention. His art ranges from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects. The 1000 Journals Project, launched in 2000, was turned into a book, a feature length documentary, and has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The project was covered in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens and many others. More recently, he launched the provocative project TWIT Spotting, where […]

Featured Artist: Lara Knutson

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Lara Knutson is an Artist, Industrial Designer and Architect who works in New York City near MoMA PS1. She received a master’s degree in Industrial Design and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute and believes her work is informed by the interplay of light, space, materials and structure that unite these two disciplines. Lara’s work is sold in design stores and museum shops around the world, including MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her soft glass series is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. […]

Featured Artist: Summer Mei Ling Lee

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Summer Mei Ling Lee was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and shares time in San Francisco and Chicago. She graduated from Stanford University in 1997 and received her MFA in painting and sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. A multi-disciplinary artist, Summer has recently been responding creatively to site and situation, working for years with Abby Chen and most recently with Candace Huey of re.riddle. Both curators have given Summer artistic opportunities to create process-based works and performances, embracing risk-taking and collaboration. Through research and discovery, she sets the conditions for art to enter. Themes of absence and […]

Culture Feature: 50 Contemporary Women Artists

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50 Contemporary Women Artists is a one-of-a-kind compendium that features a selection of women artists and architects who have made groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art. Profiling an international cross-section of artists, 50 Contemporary Women Artists presents fresh perspectives on feminism and notions of cultural power. Using a variety of mediums, the artists in this book address themes of social, cultural, political, environmental, and psychological issues. Heather Zises, Pregame Magazine art editor, created this book with John Gosslee three years ago. The idea came from a special Women’s Edition that John’s magazine Fjords Review ran in 2014 where Heather served as guest curator. […]

Just You

Beauty Queen Totem, 2009
Bianco Carrara marble
132 x 40 x 36 inches

I’m currently sitting at my “Cheers” bar. The place where everyone knows my name. I come here several times a week. I try to cut myself off at no more than four times a week. Once, I overheard another patron say, “we are all sitting here killing ourselves.” That has always stuck with me: actively participating in our own demise in the company of others. Yet we, the regulars, all come to this one familiar place to feel less lonely, searching for companionship or an escape, but within the muck of searching, we are also drowning ourselves. It feels like […]

Featured Artist: Rachel Lee Hovnanian

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Rachel Lee Hovnanian is a New York based artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the complexities of modern feminism, ideals of perfection, and the often-detrimental effects of media on our psyches. Hovnanian’s art practice merges photography, video, sculpture, painting, and installations that draw upon her Southern upbringing as a woman growing up in Houston, Texas. Her work delves into embedded societal mores that reveal the dichotomy between our intrinsic value systems and our public selves. With her 2018 three-part solo exhibition, The Women’s Trilogy Project, Hovnanian became the first female artist to be given three consecutive gallery exhibitions in New York. In July of 2019, Hovnanian will […]

May 2019: Arts & Culture

Perfect Baby Showroom, 2014
Mixed media installation of baby dolls, acrylic, wallpaper, electrical, metal, LED lights, neon,
foam, cotton, cereal
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I have a confession to make. I only read nonfiction. Seriously. Over the past five years, I can only recall one fiction book I’ve read, and that was on vacation. Even biographies seem laborious. I am so hungry to learn, so dedicated to continuous evolution, that time spent in a printed story seems wasted. (Somehow I forget to apply this logic to my Netflix queue.) Of course, I’m completely wrong. Stories are the language of our humanity. They communicate deeper meaning more effectively than any literal description ever could. Stories are how we persuade, how we remember valuable lessons, how […]

5 Steps to Finding Your Optimum Mix of Money and Meaning

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Is money the goal anymore? Or, in the age of insta-famous self-helpers, is personal fulfillment and living “on purpose,” the goal? What has finally become clear to me is that the goal is actually both, and the particular mix of money and meaning that is right for each of us is personal.  There is no formula. All one way, cash is king. The problem with putting dollars at the pinnacle of the goal chart is that satisfaction from attaining cash will always be elusive. What we actually want when we put money in the God seat is the experiences we […]