Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University Now Accepting Applications

Documentation of performance by Sculpture MFA, Vanessa Yvonne, at the Aqua Art Miami Fair, 2017 (photo taken by Photo MFA, Mohammadjavad Jahangir)

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, is a NASAD-accredited school of the newly-formed College of the Arts at Georgia State University. The program offers an interdisciplinary environment offering an MA in Art History, MA Ed and MAT in Art Educationand an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.

All MFAs receive full tuition waivers, 24-hour access studio space, and graduate assistantships. Students are also eligible for Welch Fellowships, which funds students for their duration of study. Third year MFAs are exposed to international art fairs, … Read the rest

Can we zero-in on Earth’s sensitivity to CO₂?

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If it were easy to pin down the exact value for our planet’s sensitivity to greenhouse gas emission, it would have been done a long time ago—and you wouldn’t be reading yet another news story about it. It’s not like we have no idea how sensitive the climate is. The range of possible values that scientists have been able to narrow it down to only spans from “climate change is very bad news” to “climate change is extremely bad news.”

But the difference between “very bad” and “extremely bad” is pretty important, so climate scientists aren’t throwing up their hands any time soon—as two new studies published this week show.

There are several basic strategies available for calculating the climate’s sensitivity.

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A Trove of Dadaist Fun Is Reissued

The contents of the facsimile reissue of The Blind Man: New York Dada, 1917 from Ugly Duckling Presse (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

One hundred years ago, the New York Dadaists self-published two editions of a small art journal called The Blind Man — a title chosen to satirize the general public’s impaired vision when it came to seeing radical modernist art. Edited by the journal’s founders Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood, and Henri-Pierre Roché, this seriously funny community rag contained contributions from the three editors, along with Mina Loy, Walter Conrad Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Gabrièle Buffet-Picabia, Allen Norton, Clara Tice, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Charles Duncan, Erik Satie, Carl Van VechtenRead the rest

Hobby Lobby Turns Over 245 More Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq

A Hobby Lobby location in Georgia and one of the seized cuneiform tablets (illustration by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)
A Hobby Lobby location in Georgia and a detail of one of the seized cuneiform tablets (illustration by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

On Wednesday, the arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby surrendered 245 cylinder seals that are believed to have been smuggled out of Iraq and were improperly imported into the US. This group of artifacts, which were handed over to prosecutors in New York, brings the total number of ancient objects seized from Hobby Lobby to 3,839, according to Newsweek. In July of last year, the company agreed to pay a $3 million fine and hand over 5,548 smuggled artifacts.

“We have accepted responsibility and learned a great deal,” Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said in a statement at the time. “Our entire team … Read the rest

The global state of science

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By law, the National Science Foundation is required to do a biennial evaluation of the state of science research and innovation. This is one of the years it’s due, and the NSF has gotten its Science and Engineering Indicators report ready for delivery to Congress and the president. The report is generally optimistic, finding significant funding for science and a strong return on that investment in terms of jobs and industries. But it does highlight how the global focus is shifting, with China and South Korea making massive investments in research and technology.

Science isn’t a monolithic endeavor, so there’s no way to create a single measure that captures global scientific progress. Instead, the NSF looked at 42 different

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The 7 Stages of Amazon HQ2 Grief

On Thursday, Amazon published a shortlist of 20 finalists for its much-desired second headquarters. In Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, and the 16 other (fairly unsurprising) cities that made the cut, mayors and economic development organizations jumped for joy.

But in 218 other cities, it was a hard day; boosters of these left-behind towns experienced the full spectrum of grief, from shock and denial to acceptance and hope. We have documented their mourning process below.

“Thank you to all 238 communities that submitted proposals. Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough—all the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity. Through this process we learned about many new communities across North America that we will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.”  

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This Year, the Women’s March Pivots from Pussy Hats to the Polls

The sea of pink pussy hats that swarmed Washington, D.C. for the first inaugural Women’s March last January will look a little different this year.

The locus of resistance is moving out of the president’s backyard and into Las Vegas, Nevada, where women and allies will stage an event elevating women and progressive candidates, called “Power to the Polls.” Unlike last year, when many women took cross-country buses to unite in one central location, this year the Women’s March organizers are placing an emphasis on organizing locally. And instead of a one-day event, the Las Vegas rally will be the first of several events held in swing states across the country, in a race to register 1 million voters.  

“It would have been very … Read the rest