“Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful,” on view at the Frist through June 5, is a welcome balm to our weary souls. And this is no accident. Thomas was a revolutionary artist and educator who cultivated beauty and creativity in all aspects of her long life. And she was dedicated to bringing that same energy into the lives of others, as well. 

“Alma Thomas really wanted her art to do something for people,” said Seth Feman, co-curator of the show and deputy director for art and interpretation and curator of photography at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Va. “She often used the term “beautify,” which to her didn’t just mean to make something pretty or nice; it had more gravity than that.”

Feman, who will soon step down from his position at the Chrysler Museum to become the Frist’s new executive director and CEO in April, co-curated the show with

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Cyanotype Collage Art by Wu Chi-Tsung

“Cyano-Collage 121,” Cyanotype photography, Xuan paper, acrylic gel, acrylic, mounted on aluminum board, 360 cm x 360 cm, 2021

Taiwanese artist Wu Chi-Tsung creates massive works of art that immerse viewers in abstract blue landscapes. The Cyano-Collage series is a new type of art form inspired by Shan shui, or traditional Chinese painting of landscapes, and photomontage. He mounts strips of wrinkled cyanotype Xuan paper onto canvas to create imaginary compositions reminiscent of mountains, oceans, abstract art, and other interpretations.

Originally from Taipei, Chi-Tsung received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts, and currently alternates working in Taiwan and Berlin, Germany. His artistic practice is based on merging art forms from the East and West, as well as contemporary and traditional. This love of juxtapositions can be clearly seen in his work from the Cyano-Collage series.

Chi-Tsung developed a technique to imitate the

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ALL ARTS, the multimedia platform covering visual art, music, theater, dance, film and literature, premieres four film projects from Le’Andra LeSeur, DonChristian Jones, Jonathan McCrory, and Matthew Whitaker commissioned as part of its 2022 Artist in Residence program.

The films are part of the new ALL ARTS Artist in Residence series, premiering nationwide Sundays, April 3-10, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on the free ALL ARTS app and AllArts.org/artistinresidence, and in the New York metro area on the ALL ARTS TV channel (channel lineup).

The annual festival series begins Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ALL ARTS with Matthew Whitaker: About Tomorrow, a film about the young American jazz piano prodigy, who is blind, directed by Steven Tabakin, followed by The Roll Call: The Roots to Strange Fruit, a rhythmic three-part performance conceived by National Black Theatre’s Jonathan McCrory. The series continues Sunday, April 10 at 8

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Jeffrey Thelin has a goal to create a piece of art every day for ten years straight

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Every day for just over six years now, Virginia artist Jeffrey Thelin has fulfilled his chosen chore. Fusing a love of photography and geometry, he channels his passion through digital programs to create a unique art piece. 

Literally, every day.   

“My goal is to make art every day for ten years straight,” said Thelin, who goes by the artist name ‘Teyleen.’ 

“There’s a great sense of speed I work within a lot of my pieces. They end up very abstract,” he told me as we discussed his art during a recent ZOOM chat.  

The day we spoke, Thelin had gone 2,209 days making a new and unique piece each day. Except for one day, which he says the universe should forgive. His car broke down on a cross-country drive to

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