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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
November 02, 2017 #CelebrateOhioArts

This November, #CelebrateOhioArts spotlights Ohio museums and artists in an exciting, month-long campaign. A joint effort of POBA and Ohio Museums Association in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, all participating Ohio museums and cultural institutions will be able to share and benefit from #CelebrateOhioArts, a social media and traditional PR campaign to highlight, display and promote the cultural richness and diversity of Ohio to Ohioans and a wide national audience.

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Edwin HK Chau
November 01, 2017 East Meets West

Edwin H.K. Chau (1929-1988) a Canadian artist of Chinese descent, created beautiful paintings in which east meets west. These works balance, straddle and integrate the lines between contemporary/traditional subject matter and east/west vision and methods. Chau’s work is best characterized as being painterly and somewhat impressionistic. In the Eastern tradition, each and every brushstroke counts […]

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October 17, 2017 POBA Helps to Authenticate a Basquiat

“It was just a gift from an old friend,” ArtNews reported Kim Reeder as saying about the remarkable drawing she was given personally by Jean Michel Basquiat in 1984. This work had hung on her living room wall until late 2016, when serendipity put her on the path to POBA. Working as a make-up artist prepping […]

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August 28, 2017 When Disaster Hits

Disaster hits whether we are ready or not. The devastating floods that Houston and the Gulf area are now experiencing and recent wild fires in Oregon and Utah are reminders to think about saving lives first but also about salvaging your important and valuable items, including creative works. For those who have not been hit […]

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August 14, 2017 Art is a Livelihood: Clark Hulings Paves a Way

Elizabeth Hulings, Director of POBA partner, the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists, tells about how she came to understand much more about art as a livelihood after her father left behind an extensive creative legacy. Throughout my childhood I accompanied my father, Clark Hulings,  on painting trips. We’d go for weeks at a time […]

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July 31, 2017 Creative Legacies: Creative Futures

POBA captures the experiences of five individuals who inherited creative legacies – how they learned of these legacies, how they came to appreciate the works left behind, how they dealt with the overwhelming challenges of organizing, displaying and presenting these works to the public, and how POBA helped them do this while maintaining balance in […]

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Gene Spatz
July 07, 2017 Lennon & Streisand: Unpacking Spatz’s Celebrity Archives

Amy Lowen found herself in the same position many family members of talented artists are in: inheriting a collection of works they did not know existed and do not understand how to handle.  “I mean, what do you do with it all,” Lowen asked, in an interview on NPR station WFPL in Louisville KY today […]

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Horst Trave
June 25, 2017 An Artful Life: Horst Trave’s Works

Horst Trave (1918 – 2012), an acclaimed abstract painter, led a multi-faceted and adventurous life. Idealistic and always self-effacing, the German-born Trave painted thousands of works over some sixty years that also saw him in the roles of German anti-fascist draft evader in WWII; US War department employee in Berlin; serious student of the arts […]

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May 05, 2017 Time of Their Lives: The Icons of Studio 54

Gene Spatz (1943-2003), pioneer paparazzo, had a talent for capturing the famous, infamous and the unknown – as themselves and occasionally rubbing shoulders during the 1970s and 80s. Among his most iconic images are those of Studio 54, which opened 40 years ago in April 1977. Time magazine covered his work online in tribute to […]

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A. E. Backus
April 25, 2017 Pen Like A Knife: Fiction of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890 – 1998) was a journalist, writer, activist, environmentalist and feminist, famously described as having “a tongue like a switchblade and the moral authority to embarrass bureaucrats and politicians and make things happen.” Especially dedicated to the preservation of the Florida Everglades, this collection of early short stories captures that surgical wit, […]

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