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Jul 25th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate the Olympics with New Canvas and Giveaway

The Summer 2012 Olympics are almost here! Get into the Olympic spirit with our new canvas "Bronze, Silver, Gold" by AOL Artist Allie Rex. Additionally, we are offering users the chance to win one of twenty Olympic-inspired drink koozies decorated with this one of a kind work of art.

To enter to win, follow these two simple steps:
  1. Follow @AOLArtists
  2. Click to Tweet: It's almost the Summer Olympics! Celebrate w/ "Bronze, Silver, Gold, " a new canvas by @AOLArtists @Allie_Rex: http://bit.ly/AOLAR

Winners will be announced at 3 PM on Friday, July 27.*

Allie Rex is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates 3D installations by painting a plastic film called mylar, and then cutting it into precise and neat shapes. Allie's work has been exhibited across the US, including exhibitions in New York, at Like The Spice Gallery, and Michigan, at the Cranbrook Museum of Art. We are thrilled to have Allie as a part of the AOL Artists program and to welcome "Bronze, Silver, Gold" into AOL's canvas collection of original works of art.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click "Bronze, Silver, Gold."

*Note: You must login to Twitter and your Twitter account MUST be public for us to see the tweet and for you to enter. Official rules here.

Jul 13th 2012

AOL Artists Launch New Summer Canvases

Join us as we welcome Alex Paik and Gilles & Cecilie into the AOL Artists program with six new canvases: Breeze, Kite, Paper Tower, Rock, Two Birds, and Drips. Alex Paik is a New York-based artist who was discovered by AOL at the Pulse Miami Art Fair in December 2011. His work is created with gouache, marker and colored pencil on carefully cut paper. Gilles & Cecilie are a French and Norwegian duo, based between New York and London. Their work ranges from murals, videos, and fine art to client-based illustrations and educational workshops. We are thrilled to add such dynamic works of art to AOL's permanent canvas collection.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click Breeze, Kite, Paper Tower, Rock, Two Birds, or Drips. Additionally, make sure to visit the Huffington Post Arts Tumblr today at 12 PM ET, for your chance to win a print of one of these exciting new canvases!

Jun 15th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate Father's Day with New Canvases

Join us as we welcome Marco Cibola and Christine Berrie to the AOL Artists program with two new canvases, Bicycle and Catch, which celebrate Father's Day. Marco is an Ontario-based artist whose stunning graphic art and portraiture have appeared in publications such as Time Magazine, The New York Times and Nylon. When approached to create a canvas in honor of Father's Day, Marco leapt at the opportunity and created Bicycle, a piece that is both masculine and cheerful.

Christine, a UK-based artist, approached creating the canvas Catch with the same enthusiasm, as the piece is both nostalgic and fun. Christine's beautiful hand-rendered illustrations have been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Esquire, and Time Out. We are thrilled to have such beautiful permanent additions to the AOL Canvas collection.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click here for Bicycle or here for Catch.

May 24th 2012

AOL 25for25 Grant Winner Launches "Sites of Memory"

AOL 25for25 Grant winner Angela Reichers has launched "Sites of Memory," a map based website that connects disparate New York City locations to curated historic narratives of the city – mainly funded by the AOL Grant Program. The site is accompanied by a smartphone application, allowing users to engage virtually while physically visiting each site. The map stretches throughout the five boroughs of New York City and stories range from the story of Juan Perez who was eaten by a polar bear at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo to the disastrous sinking of the General Slocum steamship in 1904. The stories are narrated by Kurt Andersen, Lewis H. Lapham, Angela Reichers, and Luc Sante. Angela Reicher is an art director and writer based in New York. Before founding Sites of Memory, she was the art director for Harper's Magazine and a contributing designer for New York Times T Magazine.

In October 2010, AOL awarded 25 groundbreaking creatives $25k grants. A distinguished advisory board was assembled to review all applications, including Adam D. Weinberg, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art; Chrissie Iles, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Andy Spade, Partners & Spade; Rafael de Cardenas, Architecture at Large; Kim Hastreiter, Paper Magazine; Christian Viveros Faune, Village Voice; Jen Bekman, 20x200; and Glenn O'Brien, Writer.

We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to nurture the launch of such an innovative and experiential website. To learn more about the 25for25 grant program and Angela you can visit her page on AOLArtists.com.

May 11th 2012

AOL Artists Celebrate Mother's Day with New Canvases

It's almost Mother's Day! In celebration of this special holiday, two canvases – Garland and Flower Pot – have debuted on AOL.com. Our newest AOL Artist, Eloise Corr Danch, created the two sculptures out of delicately cut paper. Click here for a behind the scenes look at Eloise creating Garland.

Eloise Corr Danch is a Brooklyn-based artist with an eclectic creative background. Originally a painter studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Eloise continued to immerse herself in Fashion Illustration in Paris and New York. Today, Eloise's work ranges from sculpture to set design. We are thrilled to welcome Eloise to the AOL Artists program.

Want to make one of the new canvases your background on AOL.com? Click here for Garland or here for Flower Pot.

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