The Arts

TAEM interview with Prof. Peter Winant of the GMU School of Art

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Peter Winant TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine touches upon many subjects that our student readership is interested in. The subject of Art is one of many that we write about so that they look to us as a learning tool for. Art takes shape in many forms and the subject that we would like to talk about at this time is sculpture.

 At George Mason University in Northern Virginia we have found the perfect source for the answers to all our questions. Professor Peter Winant is not only an excellent teacher, but a well know artist that has created many renowned sculpture projects. Peter, please tell our student readers about your early education.

PW- I was fortunate to have a family who understood the value of and was committed to education for their children. I grew up in a college community where parents expected high standards for elementary, middle and high schools, and was fortunate to attend excellent schools. While I knew from age 10 that I wanted to make art, and sculpture in particular, my curriculum was broad based, and for its time was relatively integrated. Science was connected to language, and language to history, etc. In other words, the learning process was synthetic. One thing that was of great importance to me, and that I learned extensively from was playing sports. I loved the mix of physical exertion, tactical/critical thinking and intercommunication that is present in team sports, as well as the self-discipline. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Kavita Bali

Friday, March 29th, 2013

       2_kavita_bali__Formal_Photo__2013TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine  presents many facets of the artistic world to all our student readers who follow us to help enhance their chosen careers. We are very fortunate to be able to present a multi-talented artist, Kavita Bali, to our vast readership.

Kavita, tell us about your love for art and the education that you undertook to achieve your dreams.

KB-   My love for art is analogous to my joy for life as well as a sincere desire to share what is within me with others. Art is an expression of our emotions and the ability to tap into that intangible space where the mind is free to fly without being weighted down by rules or parameters on how to journey into the depths of our being. Art has always been a haven of peacefulness in my life. It is where I go when I wish to express the dancing of my soul. The creation of art is more a need than a desire. It is more about sharing than debating. Art has the power to unify beyond logic. (more…)

TAEM Interview with Professor Ken Elston of GMU’s Theater

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Prof. Ken Elston TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment Magazine has interviewed many actors, directors, and producers over the years. Each time we have always asked how they received their start in their respective careers. Education has always been our focal point in giving our student readers a foothold towards success to achieve their dreams.

With that in mind we wanted to explore the beginnings of an actors career, and dwell on the education that they would need. Professor Ken Elston of George Mason University, located in Northern Virginia, excels in teaching students the fine art of acting and helps them hone their careers and thus realize their dreams. Ken, tell us about your own early education in this field and where you studied.

KE- I was lucky enough to have exposure to the arts early in my life. Besides a strong high school experience in theater and a family who scheduled weekends around theater and art, I began working in professional summer stock while still in middle school. I was a double major (Political Science and Theater) as an undergraduate at Temple University, a state school that gave me a scholarship support to study what I valued. Then before attending graduate school, at Ohio State, I worked in a “company system”, as an actor in repertory theater, which is something that hardly exists in the profession anymore. In many ways, that is the problem that educational theater has to solve: How do we provide experiences for our students that access the kind of journeyman learning previously available after graduation? (more…)

TAEM News Flash ! – Attention All Student Filmmakers !

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Washington Plaza Hotel    The Arts and Entertainment Magazine proudly announces the upcoming 4th Annual World Music and Independent Film Festival. The Festival will be held in Washington, DC, and this is a chance for All filmmakers to be recognized by their peers.

The event will take place from Sunday, August 18th through Saturday, August 24th, 2013. The screening of the top films will be shown at National Navy Memorial Museum 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC held at Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle NW Washington, DC. (more…)

Art and the French Revolution by author Joseph J. O’Donnell, Sr.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Self-Portrait Jacques Louis-David

Jacques Louis-David

Art has done much to describe the history of mankind, both as a culture and ultimately a species. Early art was an expression of man’s surroundings, and told much about our early stages of development. It was also a subliminal way to change our thoughts.

One of the great examples of this was the work of French artist Jacques Louis-David. His paintings and caricatures of the French revolutionary period, and the times that followed, was displayed to uphold the French Revolution and bolster the Republic that came after. In fact the Revolution that followed in the wake of the ‘Great Enlightenment’, also known as ‘The Age of Reason, that swept Europe and America some years before, changed the very basis of Western Civilization.

His artwork was displayed to the average man in France to gain popular opinion for the Revolution. His work The Death of Socrates was made to show that Socrates, who was about to sip a cup of hemlock, would rather die an honorable death as opposed to being subjected to a dishonorable life of living under the rule of the upper classes, represented by the shackles left under his bed.


“Comparing Ancient Architecture” by Joseph O’Donnell

Monday, January 14th, 2013
Joe O'Donnell, Jr.

Joe O’Donnell, Jr.

For my essay I will be comparing ancient architecture of western world to revival architecture in United States of American. It is true that some of our founding fathers had traveled aboard and brought back reflections of what they had seen. This evident in the monuments and the government build across the country. Some of the most powerful examples can be seen right here in the nation’s capital, of Washington, D.C.

The Washington Monument is the city’s focal point of all the monuments that decorate the capital. Its design is based on Egyptian obelisks that were found throughout that country. The building height requirements in the capital district state that no building can be taller then twelve stories, so as not to obstruct the view of this important land mark. A fine comparison of this is the obelisk erected to Thutmose III, who ruled Egypt from 1479 to 1425. This monument was transported to Constantinople by emperor Theodosius I in 390. The similarities between this and Washington Monument is strikingly obvious.  The Egyptian obelisk is made out of stone, while the George Washington Monument is made out of Marble. The Obelisk of Theodosius stands today at 19.5 meters or 63.97638 feet, while the George Washington Monument stands at 555 feet 5 1/8 inches. (more…)

TAEM interview with artist Bobby Oyawusi

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Bobby OyawusiTAEM- Our publication, The Arts and Entertainment Magazine, would like to touch upon one of the major cornerstones of our magazine, Art. Art is portrayed in our every day lives. From pictures, to film, and even advertising. We don’t believe most people knows how it affects them, no less reaches out to catch their attention. One constant influence of art is in advertising. Art helps advertisers connect with the buying public. It helps move products by first catching your attention, then focusing it on the subject in question. One such artist is Bobby Oyawusi, whose stunning displays are both pivotal to view and pleasing to the eye. Bobby, what art courses and training did you undertake to achieve this dream ? 

BO- Good question this is probably one of the biggest hurdles I have to get over, I actually didn’t realize I wanted to get into art and advertising until a couple years ago.  I studied pre-med in college. However, I would always jot down these ideas and concepts I had and one day a co-worker suggested that I try to execute them. I got a lot of good feedback so I just kept at it, I realized I liked it I realized a whole lot actually, I kind of have a mild obsession with perfection and I think the world should see it as I do. (more…)

Joseph J. O’Donnell’s My Virginia: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, June 29th, 2012

   The Commonwealth of Virginia is truly a magical place to live in. There are many sites to visit for recreation, cultural, and leisurely endeavors. One of the crown jewels to visit is The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in nearby Washington, DC. I had recently asked John R. Dow and Amanda K. Ritchie, from the Center, for their input for this article. Both John and Amanda have forwarded the following historical background’s and picture’s of the Center for our publication, so that our readers can get a glimpse of its history and architectural splendor. They have also included the events taking place there during this month of July so that our readers can plan on attending them.

The Center was named after the late president John F. Kennedy, who had strived to make this country a better place for all Americans to live in. From his challenge to place a man on the moon, to the equalities that he sought for all our citizens, he has become the enlightenment for all of us. One of the most outstanding quotes of his was :

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”

Ÿ President John F. Kennedy

It was in this image that the Center honors his name. I do hope that the readers will enjoy the following information that I had been given to pass along.

JOD  (more…)