Betsey Johnson Honored

Tuesday night, whimsical fashion designer Betsey Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club.  Her portrait now hangs alongside the likes of Carolina Herrera and Carol Oates.  Johnson, who got her start in the 1960’s, is well known for her off-the-wall yet stylish pieces.  She lived up to this reputaion when she showed up to the awards in blue stretch capris, a signature pink tutu, and an Andy Warhol inspired tee.  Betsey is known for her participation in the ’60s rock and roll lifestyle, but she is also remembered for her groundbreaking achievements in the fashion world.  She was the first American designer to have her own store in New York City, and was among the first to open a boutique on Melrose in Los Angeles.  Johnson might be a fashion and business mogul, but her personality shines through every outfit she designs.  Check out her new collection at  It’s edgy and has that punk rock aspect that Betsey has become known for in the fashion world.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Tutus, Betsey Johnson Receives Medal of Honor
Johnson at the National Arts Club

Image courtesy of Yahoo Fashion News

One of Johnson’s famous sketches

Image courtesy of Elle Girl Magazine’s Prom Edition



Ackland’s Avant-Garde Showcase


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Cater to your artsy side with the  Ackland Art Museum’s fall exhibit, The Guardian and the Avant-Garde, which is set to open this Saturday, Oct. 3.

The exhibit will feature a famous sculpture by Seymour Lipton called The Sentinel II. This historical sculpture was made in 1959 and shows the heroic standards and ideas of the 1950’s.

Lipton explained his sculpture as reflecting Abstract Expressionist mythology and philosophy. The Sentinel II refers to heroism, defense against enemies and the portrayal of the “battle of life” through aspects of the sculpture such as its standing figure, the armor and the helmet.

Avant-Garde art is pushes cultural norms and boundaries and is generally considered modernist. The Sentinel II and many other pieces set to be featured in the exhibit have broken free from folkloric ideas of protective spirits and instead depict political leaders, revolutionaries and artists.

The Guardian and the Avant-Garde exhibit will be on display until Jan. 3, 2010, so you have plenty of time to check it out.

If you want more info on the exhibit or Avant-Garde art, go to Conversation with the Curators discussion at the Hanes Art Center auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

This modern art is fun, dynamic and focuses on today’s issues. So go get your art fix at the Ackland Art Museum this fall!

Classically Striking

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As an arts writer, I am constantly pushed through Art Galleries featuring tons of classical and modern paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Every time I visit one of the galleries I always find myself enthralled by old posters, especially those of Fritz Lang, Hitchcock, and Humphrey Bogart films. The COS fall and winter collection captures my eye in the same nostalgic way the posters do – is it odd for me to have nostalgic feelings for a time period I never lived in?

The COS collection consists of neutral grays, whites, and dark blacks for the fall and winter. The label mixes slim and straight cuts on both tops and bottoms. Three button suit jackets and over sized rain coats draw form the past while still looking modern. While this collection won’t stand out as anything new one must appreciate the classic details.

Images from Men’s Rag

Study and save world hunger at the same time!

Thanks to, you can study for that art, chemistry, or French exam while fighting world hunger!  For every answer you get right, you earn 10 grains of rice.  Now, it may not seem a lot to most people, or even most species of ants, but it quickly adds up!  And with such a variety of categories (vocabulary, geography, mathematics, etc.) there’s something for everyone.  I took ART 152 last year, and I wish someone had told me about this site earlier, because a lot of the artists and works were definitely covered!