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Bryan Meltz

In his recent op-ed for ArtsATL, Fahamu Pecou wrote that he makes art "as a form of protest, but more so as a form of love."

The artist and scholar is protesting representations of black masculinity in pop culture — think sagging pants, hoodies and gold chains — by transforming those portrayals from caricature into a nuanced narrative, one informed by history, politics, fashion, fine art and more.

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This past weekend, students from seven different high schools – Grady, North Atlanta, Brookwood, North Gwinett, Union Grove, North Springs and Riverwood – gathered at the High Museum of Art for Art Throwdown.

Advice On Talking About Art With Your Family

Dec 21, 2015
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We don’t always see eye-to-eye with our loved ones when it comes to religion, politics … or art. That last topic is the focus of a recent essay by Jami Moss Wise in the online art publication "Burnaway."

In this conversation, she gave her thoughts on some of the real reasons she believes our tastes diverge, as well as a few tips on getting through a conversation or two this holiday season while keeping things merry and bright.

Kendra Ferreira

Colored pencils are serious business, or so says the 1,600 members of the Colored Pencil Society of America, which is wrapping up its 23rd annual International Exhibition at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art this Sunday. There are 118 colored pencil images on view, all created by the members of the society.

The society has 23 district chapters in the United States, but they had several international submissions to the exhibit this year.

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Atlanta-based artist Bethany Collins is the recipient of the 2015 Hudgens Prize.

The award, now in its third year, is intended to elevate the visual arts in Georgia. Winners receive a $50,000 cash award and the opportunity to have a solo exhibition. 

"My work very much concerns issues of race and identity and language, and the inability of language to actually speak to those former two topics," Collins explained.

"How much can language capture about race and identity?"