If you go by the art curricula at most elementary and high schools, you could be forgiven for thinking all artists lived before 1850! In fact, it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that artists are mainly painters–and largely paint horses, biblical allegories, and flowers at that!
It’s the sad truth that art classes largely revolve around the work of the Old Masters, which as the name implies, skews old, not to mention white and male.
IPMM makes it a central part of our mission to diversify the artists that we teach and to represent working artists from a variety of underrepresented backgrounds. Of course, we generally do that in our art programming and collections, but we realize that that’s confined to folks who can work directly with us–either as artists, schools, or business leaders.
We wanted to come up with a way to create a fun educational resource and make it accessible to everyone!
Not (Just) Dead White Guys is a collaboration between IPMM and Kat Sampson, which seeks to establish a new art canon for teachers, students, and art lovers alike!
Together we developed a series of 24 full color portraits, representing two dozen iconic, influential, and under-appreciated artists throughout history. They span history, the continents, mediums, and styles. Twelve of the artists are contemporary and working today, paired with twelve other important artists who have died.
We’ve already released the portraits as a set of time-released prints, but we didn’t stop there!
We’ve also created a coloring book and learning guide, featuring a finished portrait of each artist by Kat Sampson, a black line version of each of the artist print for you to color in, and a companion artist bio with info about them and their life.
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