Monday, March 8, 2010

Abecedarian Gallery

Work shown here is by Alice Austin.
To go to the gallery of artist click here.

Opportunities for Artist Book exhibitions through this gallery.
Bom Design: Click here
Two Dutch guys who create their work mainly from found objects apparently. These lamps sell for about 325 euros. (approx. $443.00 us)

Matthew Picton and other map related sitess

Work by Matthew Picton, Map related works; Click here.

The Map Room: A weblog about Maps, click here.

Map font Basics Article: click here.

Photoshop Tutorials on Fonts: click here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Oldest "writing" found on 60,000-year-old eggshells

COULD these lines etched into 60,000-year-old ostrich eggshells (see photo) be the earliest signs of humans using graphic art to communicate?

Until recently, the first consistent evidence of symbolic communication came from the geometric shapes that appear alongside rock art all over the world, which date to 40,000 years ago (New Scientist, 20 February, p 30). Older finds, like the 75,000-year-old engraved ochre chunks from the Blombos cave in South Africa, have mostly been one-offs and difficult to tell apart from meaningless doodles.

The engraved ostrich eggshells may change that. Since 1999, Pierre-Jean Texier of the University of Bordeaux, France, and his colleagues have uncovered 270 fragments of shell at the Diepkloof Rock Shelter in the Western Cape, South Africa. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Interesting gallery of books. Click to see.

And Melanie Engers blog. Click here.

Beaux Art Ball (End of Year Art Department Party)

Last year the Artist Collective revived the old tradition of the annual Beaux Art Ball. It's an end of the year celebration thrown by the art department that celebrates graduating BFA, BA and MFA students. It's also traditionally a costume event, and as this year's ball will be taking place on April 9 we've dubbed it the "Fools Ball," and it's taking place downtown at the Zootown Brew. In store will be art, music, perhaps some performance and games...and well, whatever you want, if you come help us plan it!

If you have Facebook, search for the Fools Ball event to get on the invite list, and to invite your friends pronto! Help us spread the word! Designs for the posters are underway and will be done by Louis Habeck, so if you have any suggestions please see him (he will often be found in the resource room in the Art Building). The Badlander will be catering our Ball, but only if we can prove we can get enough people! Bands and DJs for the function are yet to be determined. We are thinking of getting the Music Department involved and having one of the Jazz Bands play to start off the night. There are also some DJs in question. It is 4$ for tickets, and will be 5$ at the door. Tickets will be availble in approximately two weeks so keep your ears and eyes open!!

Thanks to those of you that have emailed me and offered your help, we will be contacting you soon!

Once again, the Beaux Art Ball is on Friday April 9. We will be hanging the artwork of any member, prospective member, and those that have helped us substantially at the Zootown Brew. So if you can't make it to the meetings, let us know if you want to be involved in other ways! Remember, We are also looking for people to replace the current officers. Most of us are graduating this spring, so now is a great time to get involved!

If you have any questions please email, call or text me (Nellie) 406-270-7253 or contact our president Katie 406-461-2830!

Hope to see you all Tuesday at our meetings!! 3:00 pm in the University Center, conference room 222 (Next to the UC Gallery).