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New Lacrosse Coach in Maryland

The Loyola Greyhound’s lacrosse team were already looking forward to the new season with a sense of pride and optimism due to the ability of high quality players, such as Pat Spencer, but the arrival of a new offensive coordinator has added to the sense of excitement surrounding the team. Alumni players including Sean Hecker have led the team to past victories. For individuals like Pat Spencer the arrival of former Virginia associate head coach Marc Van Arsdale should provide a great deal of excitement as the experienced coach achieved some amazing things during his 15 years at with the Cavaliers.

Loyola have given themselves the chance to become one of the top teams with the hiring of Van Arsdale as the time he spent with the Virginia Cavaliers resulted in NCAA Division I Championships in 2003, 2006, and 2011; the wealth of experience the new coordinator brings will help the Greyhound’s as they look to make strides to become one of the top lacrosse teams in the upcoming season and beyond. Head Coach Charley Toomey was quick to release a statement praising the talents of Van Arsdale as he looks to take the team to bigger and better achievements in the coming seasons.

The statement released by Coach Toomey explained the team are hoping for a long and successful relationship with Coach Van Arsdale as he welcomed he and his family to the Loyola family. Not only did Coach Toomey welcome Marc Van Arsdale to the team, but he explained just how he can benefit the lacrosse program for many seasons to come; Coach Toomey took the chance to explain how important Van Arsdale will be in terms of recruitment and getting the best out of new and existing players.

The wealth of experience Marc Van Arsdale brings to the Loyola lacrosse program includes his own playing days at Hobart where he was part of a run of four consecutive NCAA Division III Championships, which was followed by a successful period as head coach of the Penn lacrosse program. Marc Van Arsdale will also bring a tradition of helping young players develop into award winners in the offensive third of the game after coaching three Tewaaraton Award winners to success during his time with Virginia.

An Inside Look at the Art of Miami’s Most Renowned Hotel

Miami is a southern Florida city that is full of history, tradition, and culture. Perhaps in no other area is this most reflected that that of the leisure and tourism industry. One of Miami’s most renowned hotels, the Fontainebleau, is famous around the globe. The interior and exterior design is a marvel of professionalism, as a great amount of thought has gone into every detail. This is evident by the extensive art collection on display throughout the property. For those who have not had the privilege of visiting this Miami landmark, here is an inside look to whet your appetite.

Dating back to 1954, the Fontainebleau gained its flare for the dramatic via a contemporary design put into effect by Morris Lapidus. It was a forward thinking project for its day, and the risk was well worth it. While many scoffed at the use of light and space, which set it apart from nearly any other hotel in America at that time, the fact that we are still here discussing the masterpiece is a testimony to it effectiveness.

Today, the curator of the Fontainebleau Art Program is Jackie Soffer. The team put together has revitalized the art collection with pieces from around the globe. Artists who have work on display at the hotel today include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, among others. Each of the pieces is worth of being in a museum, which certainly makes the Fontainebleau stand out among other hotels in its class.

The hotel itself is considered to be a work of art that has withstood the test of time. It continues to be considered one of the more recognizable pieces of art in all of Miami, and its modernist appeal is rather striking. The beauty of this property is that the indoor artwork continues to evolve with time. While the design of the building retains the look that made it so famous more than six decades ago, the collection inside is much more contemporary and comprehensive.

Art lovers everywhere will appreciate taking up accommodation in a property that takes on the look and feel of a world class art gallery. The displays are constantly changing, so annual visits are sure to bring a new and fresh look, while ensuring that the integrity and design that made the hotel so famous is always left intact.

Dani Levinas, collector and businessman, takes helm of expanded board at Phillips Collection

Entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Dani Levinas has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at the Phillips Collection, the private modern art museum near Dupont Circle in Washington.

Levinas, who is a D.C. resident, takes control of a dramatically expanded governing body. At the Monday meeting that elected him to the board as chairman, the board approved four other new members and added two vice chair positions. There are now 35 members on the board, up from 28 last year.

“I am excited. [Phillips Collection Director] Dorothy Kosinski has been incredible for the museum,” Levinas said in an interview. “She’s a force. She has done a lot in education and reaching people and showing contemporary art in different ways than was shown before.”

Two of the new board members represent the University of Maryland. Last October, the museum and university announced the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at the Phillips Collection, a collaboration that brings research and multi-disciplinary programs to the District and will eventually include new gallery and open storage space on or near the university’s College Park, Md., campus.

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Iran’s capital remains a place where art thrives

In every corner of Iran, one is reminded that artists were once the bloodline of towns and cities. This was a land where art permeated the everyday – in dishes, on walls, in the delicate Eslimi (Arabesque) carvings on copper bowls used to pour water over one’s head in a public bath.

What is left of it all today? True, Tehran remains a city where art thrives – in a tiny auditorium where tribal Arabs from Khuzestan have come to sing, in patterned displays of flowers beside highways, on stages where performers bring new stories to life.

In everyday objects however – dishes, shirts, shoes – such excellence has long been lost. The consumer economy is one in which the handmade demands high prices and is not thrown around in a public bath, which anyway is no longer there.

The bowls and textiles that once adorned the most humble homes, all bearing the mark of artists, are now museum pieces, replaced by cheap goods from China, India, Bangladesh. The pottery workshops of Meybod, Yazd province, once known as one of Iran’s primary pottery centres, are in a dire state. Cheap pots from Turkey have sent their business into sharp decline.

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Original published on Business Insider

Lessons From Artists on Hanging Art

Art can intimidate. Often pricey, it can seem imposingly precious—which is why many people take a reverent, by-the-numbers approach to hanging it in their home: on white walls with the center of the print or painting gallery-ready at 57 inches above the floor. Visit the homes of artists, however, and you’ll see that they treat artworks like members of the family, leaning pictures casually against walls or fearlessly displaying sculptures against patterned wallpaper.

That approach, documented in several books out this fall, is one we can all learn from. Marcia Prentice, author of the forthcoming “How We Live” (teNeues), said that a key principle is to look broadly and care deeply: “Creative people are bringing in art from a lot of different sources,” she said. “They don’t feel intimidated by the art—they’re just picking up the pieces that they love.”

That can mean incorporating personal effects, said Stacey Goergen, who co-authored this month’s “Artists Living with Art” (Abrams) with Amanda Benchley. Family mementos are as important as major artworks for art photographer Laurie Simmons and her husband, painter Carroll Dunham. In the living room of their northwestern Connecticut home, the couple has juxtaposed a Sarah Charlesworth photograph with a sculpture by Carl D’Alvia and a work by their daughter Grace. “Laurie mixes a well-known photographer with a mid-career sculptor and then [a piece] made by their daughter when she was in high school,” Ms. Goergen said.

A relaxed attitude also makes a difference when you’re trying to live with art more organically. Throw up a nail and try something, or rotate works regularly. For artists, “it’s not fixed,” Ms. Benchley said. “It’s a more fluid attitude than in a museum. If it doesn’t work, move it.” Here are some strategies you should feel free to borrow from creative insiders.

Introduce Art in Unexpected Places

What do we do at home? We sit—on our sofas and on our Wassily chairs. In his Edinburgh apartment, interior designer Sam Buckley realized that adding art to the living room’s lower half would acknowledge the vantage points of those who were seated. “If you hang art at eye level when you’re standing up, when you sit down you feel as if everything is happening above you,” Mr. Buckley said of this more relaxed approach. “So I’ve got two or three pieces of art just stacked on the floor to give that feeling of inclusion when you’re sitting.” Near the Lucie Bennett drawing that leans against the wall, he installed a cascade of paper lamps with adjustable heights that he found on Etsy, which move the eye vertically. Elsewhere, he hung a small print under the chair rail.

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Originally published on The Wall Street Journal

10 Reasons Art Plays a Role in Business

Art in Advertising

Since visual cues are often used in the most successful advertising campaigns, it’s no wonder that so many business owners hire artists and graphic designers to get the point across to the public. Without proper imaging techniques, such as a well laid out billboard or television advertisement, the ad as a whole could fall flat at best and chaotic at worse. Read more

10 Steps to get your Art in a Gallery

Your portfolio is ready to show in an art gallery. You are excited but overwhelmed on how to get this accomplished. Below are 10 steps that will help you achieve your goal. Read more

Example of Art Pieces Entertainer Have Bought

In a world filled with video games, television shows, and fashion, beautiful art is not treasured as it once use to be in the past by most of the world’s population; this does not hold true for entertainers. Most performers (actresses, singers, dancers, etc.) have a rare, respect for the arts. Many successful entertainers have bought art from artists all over the world. Here are examples of art pieces that entertainers have bought:

Leonardo Dicaprio and Oscar Murillo- Leo is considered to be one of the most bankable movie stars to date. He is known for being a partier and ladies man, but he also has a knack for the creative arts. In 2013, Leonardo purchased a piece of art by Columbian artist, Oscar Murillo for over $400,000!

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How Color Paints Are Refined To An Exact Color

The color of a paint is simply a reflection of its light waves. Finding an exact matching paint hue is done by measuring this light in a scan and then generating a formula. This computer program is a tool that calculates the recipe to create any specific color. It took much trial and error to perfect this process. However now in modern times color matching is practically a perfect process.

This computer program is used by large paint manufacturers. It was originally written based on the color wheel. People can still use a manual color wheel to find the correct color values and amounts to create a particular shade. The formulas for color mixing are based on that concept. Put the shade into the wheel and dial up the correct amount of each color to mix. Read more

The Process of Selling Art to a Gallery

Selling your special artwork to a gallery is personal, yet magnificent for all to see. This is what you want. Decisions to place certain pieces of art in a particular gallery depend on the gallery. The theme of the organizers is what helps your art sell. There are a few steps which will help you sell your work.

First, call to set up an appointment, or visit an art gallery where you believe your work will fit in with their theme. Ask yourself what you are trying to say with your craft. Each place has their own tastes and flavor. Be familiar with the art gallery you visit or correspond. Read more