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by Matt Ross

 

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One River School of Art + Design Blog

We are One River School of Art + Design, where more than 5,000 students have partaken in our mission to “transform art education in America”. Our content is centered around contemporary art and how it incorporates into our daily life. As a contributor, you will be an active participant in creating accessible content for our viewers, whether they’re learning how to create and collect artwork, finding a new exhibit nearby or reading up on local activism and our students- One River Blog is the place to find it all.

Dawn Clements’ Drawings

I’ve shown Dawn Clements’ work to students for years, and upon first sight someone will invariably ask me why she leaves so much paper “blank”. This is a perfectly reasonable question when one is used to looking at drawing in the usual ways, but Dawn Clements’ drawings are anything but usual. Seeing one of her…

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Sharing

What would it be like to make food and not eat it?   To write music and not perform it?  That’s what it would be like to make artwork and not share it. This past weekend our schools across the country opened student shows and I spent time at our two locations in New Jersey connecting…

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Art Effect

One of the most special aspects of One River School is the fact that we really focus on teaching art AND making it fun to learn here. As part of that philosophy, we are just as excited about the students who want to come here once a week for a recreational opportunity as we are…

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The Final Rush

I always think of this time of year as the final rush to get some real accomplishments nailed down before the end of the year. Sometimes these accomplishments may mean simply preparing my plan for next year. Either way, the finality of a year that is winding down causes me stress, but it also allows…

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Best Place and Best People

Without a doubt, one of the key elements of our mission is to be the “best place to work in the arts”. Having said that, it goes without saying that the promise comes full circle when we find the best people. Today, I am happy to announce that we are promoting Agnes Zabawa, our second…

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Garden State Plaza, What a Special Exhibition

Every once in a while, I am moved by something that my team and our students are able to accomplish. During the month of October, we gave our teen students in New Jersey a really cool assignment and ten days ago we installed over 100 paintings in the Garden State Plaza! The artwork is a…

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Kusama and Kaws

Two weeks ago I was visiting galleries in Chelsea when I turned onto 11th Ave. and ran into a group of 2,000 people waiting in line for something.  Follow me- this is Chelsea…galleries, quiet, older folks…NEVER throngs of fans. Then it hit me- Kusama had an exhibition opening that night and these folks were there…

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Monday Thoughts: Celebrating Artists and Education with Shara Hughes

One of the driving themes of One River is to celebrate living artists. When we’re able to connect artists who we personally know with our curriculum, it brings everything full circle for me. This Friday we are mounting a two-school exhibition at the Garden State Plaza with work that is inspired by Shara Hughes. We showed Shara’s work…

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Monday Thoughts: Art for Boys!

When I was the CEO of School of Rock people used to say to me at times that it was a great place for boys to learn music. At which point I would jump in and lobby that there was no better place for girls to learn to play music. When I thought about it…

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"Long Shot" the Documentary Film

Four years ago I met with Jacob LaMendola and talked about his documentary film project called “Long Shot.” This weekend I watched it on Netflix and couldn’t help but find happiness in so many nuanced ways. Like all great documentaries, there is a real sense of emotional connection with the character and its narrative.  But what…

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