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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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Marc Abrahms
March 31, 2017 Made For Sharing: Photography of Marc Abrahms

Marc Abrahms (1948-2015) shared many gifts – some he gave away through his generous philanthropy to community organizations and academic institutions, and some he gave away through his creative legacy of vivid, eye-popping photographs. This generosity was the product of both his temperament and early life lessons. Diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic from the tender […]

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March 21, 2017 Art Saves Lives: Helen Corning Said It Best

This month marked the 30th Annual Arts Advocacy Day and the 2017 Action Summit in Washington, DC. It also marks a time when Federal support for the arts is under siege. The federally-funded NEA benefits and enriches a wide-ranging national audience and supports the creative works of artists and arts organizations from all over the […]

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March 10, 2017 The Beautiful and the Absurd: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) was crazy for two things all his life: poetry and jazz music. From the age of six, when these dual passions first developed until his death 80 years later,  he penned more than 30 published books of poetry, prose, criticism and essays. Throughout them all, as in the best jazz compositions, creative […]

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February 16, 2017 Straight From The Headlines: The Disaster Blankets

Lilian Tyrrell (1944 – 2007) witnessed a fire that changed her life, leading her to become a fiber artist who created some 70 tapestries in her breathtaking career. The lush landscapes of her home in Ohio formed the subject matter of her early work, but Tyrrell was best known for her Disaster Blankets that followed. […]

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New Found Image;Gene Spatz
February 08, 2017 New Found Images: The Way They Were

Eugene “Gene” Spatz (1943-2003) was a pioneer of the paparazzi movement in America. Coined by the film director, Federico Fellini, in his seminal work La Dolce Vita, the term “paparazzo” is often believed to be a corruption of the Italian word for a large and bothersome mosquito, but Spatz was decidedly more engaging and less […]

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Mixed media piece with multiple, stylized figures.
February 01, 2017 Black History Month: Of History & Hearts

During Black History Month POBA highlights the history and bounty of the artistic contributions of African-Americans in microcosm through memorable images of African-Americans and Africans found in the works of other POBA artists. During Black History Month 2017, POBA will feature these artists and works so that the skill, talent, vision and passion in these […]

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Jamie Bernard
January 25, 2017 Wait For Me: Inspiration and Creativity of Jamie Bernard

POBA was born of tragedy but inspired by creativity. Seven years ago today, on a day remembered for being bitterly cold and unimaginably tragic, Jamie Bernard, a talented and promising young writer and artist, died.  Jamie’s death at the young age of 22 led first to an outpouring of grief from his family, friends, and  […]

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