Student Art Spaces is looking for art and writing submissions for their new, teen-curated zine, which aims to provide a voice to underprivileged and underrepresented youth. Their first issue will be about a current problem facing artists: COVID-19.
Specifically, the organization is looking for submissions about your experience during this unprecedented time; they want to know about your reactions to current events and politics, observations, and feelings.
The deadline for submissions is April 11th. Contributors will receive a free copy of the zine.
Click here to submit your work.
If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate so in your submission message.
By Anya Shukla
Taylor Wang’s Instagram, @yingshiart, features finely-detailed oil paintings, hyper-realistic digital art, and celebrity-related fanart as I’ve never seen it before. I spent a minute staring at a portrait of Billie Eilish—side-eying the viewer like she couldn’t care less—which manages to capture the pop star’s world-wearying languor. Wang’s best work—and this is oddly specific—gives me the sense that I’m lying on a small town road at two in the morning a la The Notebook. There’s a sense of peaceful isolation about each painting, regardless of whether there are one or multiple subjects in the frame.
One of Wang’s Instagram captions reads: “… not sure why I’m uncomfortable with ppl I know from school following my art acc but I am.” This moment of self-doubt served as an antithesis to Wang’s easy assuredness during our conversation. Yet perhaps Wang is hesitant to share her work because her art often grapples with her Chinese-American identity.
Third Charm Films is specifically looking for teen actors of color to fill some roles in their upcoming television series, Hetero. More information below:
Synopsis: Five misfit friends scramble to save their school’s Gay Straight Alliance from an unsympathetic principal while facing the ups and downs of being queer in high school. If there’s one thing Quinn, Zel, Sarai, Dahmer, and Mickey aren’t, it’s Hetero. After an outburst based around Shakespeare being super gay sends them to the office, they must scramble to recruit the school’s heterosexual population to gay straight alliance. Selling themselves out as “gay best friends” to the school’s population, they learn about love, pride, and ultimately, how to be (or not to be) Hetero.
By Anya Shukla
Historically, glassblowing has been dominated by European artists. Dan Friday, a member of the Lummi Nation, is working to change that dynamic.
Seattle born, Friday went to the local, arts-focused Northwest School. However, according to Friday, “it didn’t really seem pragmatic as a career, to continue in artwork.” After graduating, he decided to go into the automotive industry. Two years later, at twenty, he walked into a glassblowing studio for the first time and saw a potential career path.
An art form where an artist uses a blowpipe to inflate molten glass, glassblowing requires a fairly unique skill set. Glassblowers must utilize a mix of industrial and artistic knowledge. Nevertheless, Friday’s background gave him the ability to succeed in the discipline. Friday uses his childhood drawing experience and mechanical knowledge from auto work to create his pieces. But the learning curve has been steep: “Glassmaking is a lot like being a musician,” Friday noted. “Anyone can get up there and sing, but when you’re performing at such a high level, it can take two or three or five years to start to feel like you’re producing something you’re happy with.”