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Mar 28th 2012

AOL Partners with Behance for Motion Graphics Competition


AOL actively empowers the creative community by commissioning artists from around the world to create the visual identity of the AOL brand. Over 90 painters, illustrators, videographers, sculptors, photographers and multi-media artists have worked with AOL and become members of the AOL Artists community.

With the spirit of creativity in mind, AOL is on the hunt for the next top talent in motion graphics! Through a partnership with Behance, AOL will run a month long competition on the Behance network, tapping into the company's incredible database of creatives. From March 28 to April 28, the competition will run across Behance's digital platform, encouraging Behance users to submit past work to showcase their expertise in the motion graphics field. Up to five finalists will be selected, who will then be given the opportunity to present their creative vision for the motion works, and if then selected, will create AOL's next motion canvases.

The Motion Graphics Competition is being judged by Maureen Sullivan, VP of Brand, Marketing, and Communications, AOL; Nikki Macaluso, Curator, AOL Artists, AOL; and Matias Corea, Co-founder & Chief Designer, Behance.

The Behance Network is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Creative professionals update their work in one place to broadcast it widely and efficiently. Companies explore the work and access talent on a global scale.

Behance Quote, Alex Krug, Vice President:
"We're thrilled to partner with AOL, a long time supporter of the creative community. Our 'no spec' competition will give Motion Graphics artists an opportunity to work with one of the world's most recognizable brands. Our goal at Behance is to match the best talent with the right opportunity, and there's no one better to partner with in this pursuit than AOL."

Behance Quote, Matias Corea, Co-founder & Chief Designer:
"I'm impressed with the level of recognition that the AOL Artists program has brought to the creative community. I think the AOL Artists program and Behance are perfectly aligned in our efforts to empower creatives in any way we can. "

AOL Quote, Nikki Macaluso:
"Partnering with Behance is a perfect fit for our AOL Artists program. Behance's incredible technology has attracted amazing and talented artists and creatives, and we are excited to engage this world-class community with our AOL Artists initiatives."

Mar 20th 2012

Spring is Here with New Canvases by Artist Amy Jean Porter


Spring has officially sprung! In celebration of the first day of the season, debut AOL Artist Amy Jean Porter has painted two beautiful canvases for the AOL visual brand identity, "Phlox" and "Peonies."

Amy is an illustrator, painter, and expert in depicting various animal species. Her recent book, Of Lamb, was featured in Vanity Fair's November 2011 issue as one of the "Best Books of 2011." Her work for AOL can now be found on AOL.com as one of the many options for consumers to customize their homepage, and on AOLArtists.com.

AOL is supporting the artistic community by actively commissioning artists from around the world to create the visual identity behind our brand. We are showcasing their work globally and our artist community is growing daily as we continue to discover talented individuals to work with in the future. We launched the AOL Artists site in May 2010 to showcase the incredible talent that is behind our brand and have since worked with 92 artists and commissioned 229 pieces of art as canvases to be featured as part of our brand identity. With AOL Artists, we are empowering artists, creativity and innovation.

The canvas "Peonies" is also now available as a Twibbon! To explore all of the AOL Artists' work, visit AOLArtists.com or follow us on Twitter at @aolartists.

Feb 29th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate the Leap Year with New Canvas


In celebration of Leap Year, AOL.com is featuring the newest canvas,"366 People," by London-based AOL Artist Harry Malt. "366 People" is featured on Harry's AOLArtists.com profile page as an exciting animated video. Harry has been an active member of the AOL Artist community since 2009 when he created "Pile" for AOL's first canvas collection. When he is not creating work for AOL, he is adding incredible drawings daily to his popular blog "Harry Malt Draws Pictures." To learn more about Harry Malt, visit his AOL Artists page.

AOL is supporting the artistic community by actively commissioning artists from around the world to create the visual identity behind our brand. We are showcasing their work globally and our artist community is growing daily as we continue to discover talented individuals to work with. We launched the AOL Artists site in May 2010 to showcase the incredible talent that is behind our brand. To date, we have worked with 91 artists and commissioned 227 pieces of art as canvases to be featured attached to our brand identity. With the AOL Artists program, we are empowering artists, creativity and innovation.

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