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Lisa Graziose Corrin, Director of the Block Museum of Art

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I really enjoyed this interview with Lisa Graziose Corrin by Chicago Gallery News, a premier source for art happenings in Chicago. I subscribe to their email list and I’m always eager to read their weekly interviews with museum directors and gallery owners. Lisa Graziose Corrin is currently the Director of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, but she was previously the Director of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), which is a place dear to my heart, as I lived in Williamstown for one year and absolutely loved it.

The way she describes her connection to the Met in New York and how it’s like home to her is endearing, and her observation of Monet’s Women in the Garden reminds me why I love art as I do. When we look at art we are forced to examine what we’re looking at while keeping in mind that what we see at first glance is not necessarily the whole picture.

I remember going to the Met and seeing a small study of Monet’s Women in the Garden, which is now in the Musee d’Orsay, and seeing the shadow on the back of a train on a woman’s dress and the hundreds of shades of green and grey that composed this picture. I realized Monet was not painting women’s dresses at all, he was painting the effects of light. It was like a veil had been lifted from my eyes and everything I looked at around me after that changed. I saw how art could be a window onto other ways of perceiving and understanding the world. At that moment I thought “Wow I want to be looking through those windows for the rest of my life.”

This is the passage that particularly stood out to me. I just love her insight into the art world landscape, the future of leadership within the museum field, and the way she responds to work that inspires her.

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An Interview with artist Jovencio de la Paz

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I recently conducted an interview with artist Jovencio de la Paz for MAKE Literary Magazine.  He spent several years in Chicago, as both a student and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and now lives in Eugene, OR, where he teaches Art at the University of Oregon. As an immigrant to the U.S., he is interested in the Batik method of dying textiles with natural indigo, as is common in Southeast Asia. He is also cofounder of Craft Mystery Cult, which he started along with some fellow classmates at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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An interview with artist Claudia Peña Salinas

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Check out my interview with Mexican artist Claudia Peña Salinas, now up on makemag.com. She discusses some of her installation pieces, use of architectural space, self-published books, and fond memories of trips to the Art Institute of Chicago.

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An Interview with artist John Knuth

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As part of my internship for MAKE Literary Magazine this summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing L.A. artist, John Knuth. We talked about the process behind his famous fly paintings, in which flies defecate on a canvas, resulting in beautiful colorful, abstract paintings. We also discussed his smoke-flare paintings, what has influenced him as an artist, and his love for Chicago.

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David B. Smith Gallery
Denver, CO
2015

Check out the interview here!