Nancy Hanks Lecture: STEM + Art = STEAM

On March 7th, 2016 I attended the Nancy Hanks Lecture at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This event was something that I was really looking forward to and ecstatic over. I went to this lecture with little knowledge of the event, except for that it was run by the Americans for the Arts and it was for Arts Advocacy Day. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect either. When reading who the speaker of the evening would be, John Maeda, I figured the lecture could go one of two ways…

Degas shed new light on the female form in his time. Putting forth a new way of representing the female form which changed the way other artists would later on portray.

The female nude is a staple in the world of Art History. It has been done so many times that in these days we don’t really pay much attention to it unless it is done in a way that is either hyper-realistic or goes beyond the usual figure and is abstracted so much that one does not even recognize that they are looking at a female nude.

But the…

You read that right. I had sex every single day for one month. It was interesting, to say the least.


I’m a 26-year-old woman, married, with no children, and four dogs. My husband and I have a great marriage, we’re each other's best friends, but recently we’ve both been lacking with our “duties” if you will. Amidst the chaos of the coronavirus, losing work, and trying to figure out finances, we both became so stressed and irritable towards each other that the intimacy just stopped. It was a vicious cycle. …

Commissions Gone Wrong: Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin

Rejections in the world of art happen quite often. A patron could change their mind on what they want or they just don’t like the finished product of what they have commissioned from the artist. So, what happens when a patron rejects the piece that they commissioned? For the case of Caravaggio’s Death of the Virgin, created in 1606, I will be explaining how and why this rejection occurred and also what happened with the piece after its rejection.

Traditionally, an artist would make their living through commissioned art work. The patron…

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