Careers in the Arts

By Matt Ross / September 17, 2018
Careers in the arts

One of the greatest things about growing One River is the opportunity to provide ambitious career opportunities for people who have a passion for the arts. Today, One River employs almost 150 full and part time professionals nationally and by the end of 2019 that number will more than double. In some ways we are an oxymoron…entrepreneurial…

Special Exhibitions Curated by Jesse Greenberg

By Matt Ross / September 10, 2018

At One River, we celebrate artists and we celebrate art making. That means we teach what is current in our classrooms and focus on sharing through the lens of living artists. It also means that we mount compelling art exhibitions in our spaces so people in our communities can engage with contemporary art and learn…

The Inspiration of Artists

By Matt Ross / August 27, 2018
Inspiring Artists One River School

I was sitting at home yesterday reflecting on what I should write about for Monday Thoughts, when I stumbled on a story on Flipboard called “the most amazing photo ever taken from a commercial airplane”. The story which you can read here, was published in Inc Magazine and demonstrated not just an amazing photograph or…

Turning Back Time

By Matt Ross / August 13, 2018

I was sitting in my basement yesterday afternoon watching Tiger Woods do something that was absolutely staggering.  He had his best final round ever in a major and finished second in the PGA Championship.  Woods, who is 41 and has endured four back surgeries and four knee surgeries, turned back time yesterday and made me…

Art Savvy

By Matt Ross / August 6, 2018
Tip For Sunday Painter Melissa Brown One River School

What does it take to develop art savvy? Loaded question. Read Art Savvy!!! We started a blog at OneRiverSchool.com that features professionally written stories about artists and art-making, culture and art collecting. Art Savvy blog contributors are among the most compelling artists and writers in the space and I am so proud to have them…

The Joy of Sharing

By Matt Ross / July 30, 2018

Look at this photo. Need I say more? This past Friday I caught these proud Moms reflecting on the artwork their daughters made last week and I couldn’t help but to be moved by the joy on their faces. For six years I have been talking about the “Joy of Doing” and I constantly sneak…

Summer Vacation

By Matt Ross / July 23, 2018
Art Education Transform One River

According to Wikipedia, the concept of summer vacation in America is tied to our root as an agrarian society. The farming calendar determined the school calendar and the 2-3 month break between planting and harvesting created the summer break. This traditional calendar continues through today and undoubtedly as we approach the end of July, summer…

Creativity = Quality of Life

By Matt Ross / July 16, 2018

Ok, so I am gonna let the cat out of the bag…I am writing a book. Yes, I have stumbled on the fact that I love to write and sharing thoughts every Monday is just a small part of it. The funny thing is I never really thought of myself as a writer and part of the…

Studio Prompts – Get out of the studio!

By Catherine Haggarty / July 12, 2018

As much as I can offer any advice in the studio to my students – I do. Some of the ideas and advice come from formal critiques of materials and paint application, while some come from conceptual ideas and how they can be better executed. Although all of these formal and conceptual prompts matter, so…

Our Summer Camps Rock!

By Matt Ross / July 9, 2018
One River Creative Summer Art Camps

When I started One River, I always envisioned that we would develop great summer camps that would allow Teens and Kids to have a fun and really cool experience learning contemporary art and other creative concepts that they didn’t have access to anywhere else. We succeeded beyond my wildest imagination. This summer we are teaching thousand of…