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Jan 29th 2013

AOL Artists Announces Their Third Guest Curator

We are thrilled to welcome long-time friend of the program and award-winning filmmaker, Daniel Stedman, to the AOL Artists Guest Curator series! His collection of canvases on the AOL Artists site features work from artists Cate Parr, Dave White, Matt Moore, Megan Whitmarsh and Tim Gough.

In addition to being an AOL Artists guest curator, Daniel Stedman is also the founder of The Northside Media Group, which publishes Brooklyn Magazine, The L Magazine, BAMbill, and organizes the Northside Festival, SummerScreen in McCarren Park, Taste Talks and Northside Creative Group. Daniel can also add award-winning filmmaker to his resume with ten short films under his belt, including "Celebration," which won the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The AOL Artists Guest Curator program rotates on a monthly basis and invites influencers working in the arts to curate a collection of existing AOL canvases, lend their voice to our Tumblr page and takeover the AOL Artists Twitter account. Past curators have included Annie Werner, Arts Evangelist for Tumblr, and Kathleen Massara, editor for HuffPost Arts.

To view Daniel Stedman's collection and the rest of the guest curator series visit the AOL Artists site!

Jan 3rd 2013

Say "Goodbye, 2012!" with New AOL Artists Canvases

With the New Year underway, it's time to bid farewell to 2012. AOL Artist Andy Rementer created the new canvas, "Goodbye, 2012," to commemorate and memorialize the past year. Additionally, he created an exclusive canvas for the AOL Artists site, "Hello, 2013!," celebrating what's to come in the new year.
Andy Rementer's colorful quirky illustrations have been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Apartamento Magazine and Creative Review. We first fell in love with Andy's work at the end of 2011 when he created all of the Kiehl's holiday branding.

We are thrilled to welcome Andy Rementer to the AOL Artists community and his works to our collection. To download these canvases and view other artist's works, visit AOL Artists.

Dec 21st 2012

AOL Artists Create New Holiday-Inspired Canvases

Celebrate the holiday season with three winter-themed canvases created by new AOL Artists Luke Brookes and Lisa Congdon. The canvases launched last week and will be available for AOL users throughout the month and year.
Luke Brookes is a UK-based illustrator whose work has been featured in Anorak Magazine, The Mammoth Collection, New Scientist Magazine, Inkygoodness, and more. Lisa Congdon is a San Francisco-based artist who has appeared in Chronicle Books, Target, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Land of Nod, American Greetings, Urban Outfitters, Running Press, and Trader Joe's, among others.
We are thrilled to welcome such incredible and passionate artists into our Artists program! To download these canvases and view other artist's works, visit AOL Artists.

Nov 30th 2012

And The Word of the Year Is?


"GIF" is the 2012 word of the year. In it's simplest form, it's a digital graphics format that allows people to create looping animations. But to web artists the world around, they've become a unique new methods for expression. Annie Werner, AOL Artists Guest Curator and Tumblr's Arts Evangelist, understands the power of GIFs, seeing many of them on her site each day.

In the latest installment of AOL Artists' Guest Curator program, Annie talks with Eno, a GIF artist she was captivated by after a submission he made to Tumblr's Moving The Still GIF project. Annie found Eno's art to be "so cinematic," while hand drawn, and caught up with the artist to chat about his gift of GIF creation and explore the methodology of his modern works of art. From inception to execution, Annie discovered that each of Eno's GIFs are unique and hypnotizing.

Read Annie's full interview with Eno over on the AOL Artists Tumblr and learn more about AOL Artists Guest Curator program here.

Nov 14th 2012

AOL Artists Kicks Off Guest Curator Program with Annie Werner of Tumblr


On November 14th, AOL Artists will kick off their new Guest Curator program with Annie Werner of Tumblr. Annie will curate a permanent collection of existing AOL canvases, lend a voice to the AOL Artists Tumblr, takeover the AOL Artists Twitter for a day, and more. The new Guest Curator program will rotate on a monthly basis, featuring leaders in art and technology.

Annie Werner runs the Arts Outreach program at Tumblr and Tumblr Open Arts. Her collection of AOL canvases will feature the work of a number of artists, including Mike Perry, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Aakash Nihilani.

"We at Tumblr are committed to helping artists thrive online, and I'm excited to partner with AOL Artists, an incredible platform for just that," says Annie Werner.

The AOL Artists program utilizes technology to make art accessible to a wide audience. Through collaborations with over 110 artists from around the world, AOL has released over 260 original works of art, in a variety of mediums, for AOL's users. Aside from commissioning, the programs involvement in the community continues to grow. From public art installations and murals, to grants and conferences, AOL Artists is dedicated to supporting creativity in every form.

We are thrilled to kick off this program with Annie. Her understanding of art within the digital sphere and it's power to engage communities will bring an exciting voice to the AOL Artists audience.

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