Out of the Studio

Out of the Studio

Out of the Studio is a monthly column addressing key issues impacting our local artists. We’ll be collecting advice, tips and words of wisdom from Taos artists to generate a supportive, inclusive, and thriving arts community. 

Artist Statement, 2021. Original artwork by Johanna DeBiase. @paper.prankster


Writing about your own artwork is one of the most difficult tasks an artist can face. Putting your creative process into words is daunting…For many, this seems as foreign an effort as asking a writer to draw a picture of their work—I must thank Taos artist Sarah Hart for that wonderful analogy. Read article


Social Media

Facebook counts 2.8 billion monthly active users worldwide; Instagram has over 1 billion. Social media is how we connect with the world, and for artists it’s a tool we either dive in to or run away from. But before you delete those apps, you might be interested in what I’ve learned in my conversations with artists around this month’s topic — namely, social media really is what YOU make of it. Read article

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Artist Residencies

Take a deep breath. Slowly inhale…one, two, three. Slowly exhale. Settle into your body. Now, I want you to imagine a time and space where you are free to be creative. If you had all the time and money you needed, where would you want to be to conceive that new series, start that new book, finish that painting?  Read article.



In 2015, she rolled eight miles in her wheelchair following a popular route of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit, or MARTA. On that rainy Friday, Jessica Blinkhorn, along with reporters from her community, stopped at all nine stations on the route. Read article

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From graffiti to the art of Banksy, street art takes on many iterations. Urban art brings color to the gray concrete of a place while providing a broader sense of identity. Most municipalities don’t know how to handle these urban expressions of public art in their communities – but the expressions persist nonetheless.  Read Article