Monday, April 30, 2012

Episode 29: Zine's

This is as close as we'll ever get to a centralized, often reproduced type of image that could loosely be called "punk art." The great part of it is, the mindset behind 'zines and the punk spirit of rebelling against conventional images is the same driving force in art that has kept it changing over millenia. For the 'zine movement, it's all about contributing. It doesn't matter what the final product looks like--it's so much more important that the creation of a 'zine shows that someone somewhere was able to muster up enough passion to contribute something instead of just whining about what everyone else was creating. Listen as we talk about how 'zines got appropriated by different groups in order to find a voice that no other medium would give them.

Here is our version of a Zine...and of course, it's about art history!

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Summer is here!

Due to finals at UVU, we have gotten a little off on our schedule, but no worries! The latest episode will be up by Sunday the 29th with a special blog post by Julia and Mary.

Also during the summer we will be putting new episodes up every other week, with oldie but goodies in between. Be on the lookout, especially, for our first videos to start coming your way soon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Episode 28: History of Animation with Aaron Bristow

It all started with photography, as all good things do. Eadweard Muybridge was brought in to settle a bet: did a horse pick up all four hooves while running? It was the first time in history that motion that the eye can't see could be captured and reveal the mysteries of motion.

Not long after, people got this idea in their head to create all sorts of fun characters, such as Gertie the Dinosaur, or using animation in documentary format.

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces

Gertie the Dinosaur

Sinking of the Lusitania

Of course we can't forget the leader in animation, from Steamboat Willie, the first full length feature animation, Disney!

And with the groundbreaking film Toy Story Pixar is taking the newest form of 3D animation (CGI) to Infinity... and BEYOND!

One last treat, make sure you watch Aaron Bristow's Darned Little Devil--a UVU student production-- and check out his YouTube page or blog at

What are your favorite animations?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Print Giveaway Winners

To all of those who participated in Arts & Facts' first giveaway, thank you! We will be trying this again in the fall, highlighting other amazing artists from UVU, so be on the lookout for that!

The winners for this drawing are:

  1. Cassie Webb
  2. Kim Siegfried
  3. Anna Gehmlich
  4. Michelle Chandler

If your name is on this list, you can email us at and we will get you your print as soon as possible!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Episode 27: Brunelleschi

It all started with a contest. The Florence Baptistery needed new doors so a contest was held to find the best artist for the job. A great rivalry was born when Ghiberti and Brunelleschi tied for the commission. Brunelleschi stormed off to Rome where he studied the Roman ruins and learned about engineering.

Meanwhile, “Our cathedral has been dome-less for 100 years! We need to find the man who can put a dome on the cathedral! The first contest worked so well, let’s have another one!” said the leaders of Florence.
 Here we go again…

 “Hmmm”, said the leaders of Florence, “Brunelleschi knows his stuff, but Ghiberti is so easy to talk too! Let’s hire them both!” 

How will Brunelleschi solve this little problem? Will he run away to Rome again? Of course not! He’s got this. What he needs to do now is get rid of Ghiberti…

Dun, dun, dun.

What do you think? Do you think Brunelleschi was really sick?

Florence Baptistery Doors, Ghiberti

Brunelleschi's dome

Statue of Brunelleschi in Florence Cathedral

Tales from Estonia

Our very own Marie Teemant is raising money for her BFA project in Estonia this summer. Check out her Kickstarter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Episode 26: Frida Kahlo

Henry Ford Hospital

What Water Gave Me
The Two Frieda's

Suicide of Dorothy Hale

Self Portrait, Time Flies

The Little Deer

The Epic Battle continues: Marie valiantly defends the important steps Frida Kahlo made in biography and ethnic-centered art, while Mary continues to argue that she just plain sucks. Involved in this discussion is Frida's husband, Diego Rivera. We got to see a lot of images specific to Mexico's political struggle in the 1930s. Also present in the images is Frida and Diego's sympathetic feeling towards Marxism.