• Frank, Liz, and Rachel at the Hester Street Fair

    Right now we have two interns, Liz Kuehnen and Rachel Swartz.  Liz is a recent graduate of Pratt’s Communications Design MFA program and a whiz kid graphic designer.  She’s working on revamping our brand image alongside our web designers, and will be leaving RxArt in September to move to Spain while her husband works on an international business degree - olé!  Rachel (that’s me - hey y’all) is about to start her final year at NYU’s graduate program in Visual Arts Administration.  She’s been helping get us ready for our fall gala and will be heading to MoMA this fall to intern with Corporate Membership, while also slowly chipping away at her thesis.  We look forward to welcoming a new crop of rockstar interns in September - you’ll be reading about them soon, too!

    Lastly, there’s Frank Aguilar - or, rather, Dr. Frank.  He has been a stalwart of RxArt for over a year, helping with everything from coloring book orders to innovative projects to heavy lifting.  He’s leaving today to start his residency at Rutgers University Hospital, and while we will miss his positive energy, cool tee shirts, and street cred immensely, we know he will do wonderful things in the world of medicine, continuing the RxArt mission to transform the patient experience.

  • Hester St. Fair

    Hi everyone!  We had a wet and rainy but wonderful Saturday at the Hester Street Fair this past weekend.  Some very brave and hungry (for food and shopping!) souls came out and discussed the RxArt cause with us.  We sold a bunch of coloring books, puzzles, and tee shirts and treated the water-logged fairgoers to free notepads and water bottles with our logo.  Thanks so much to Suhyun Pak, Suchin Pak, and all of the other organizers - y’all are awesome!  We will definitely make another appearance at the Hester in the fall with the third edition of Between the Lines and more merchandise, hope to see you there!

  • Art: free & outdoors this Memorial Day weekend

    Happy almost-Memorial Day weekend!  We have been very busy putting together Between the Lines Volume Three and are looking forward to a much-deserved break this holiday weekend.  The forecast is calling for gorgeous weather in New York and we can’t wait to check out some of the free outdoor art installations by RxArt friends and other notable artists.  We’ll be heading back to Union Square to see Rob Pruitt’s The Andy Monument for a second time and picking up some veggies from the Greenmarket; then we’ll go further downtown to see the Sol LeWitt outdoor retrospective Structures: 1965-2006, presented by the Public Art Fund at City Hall Park.  We’re also eager to see Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads at the Pulitzer Fountain in Central Park’s Grand Army Plaza; while we’re uptown, we may just have to further indulge in some free art-spotting at the Whitney’s Friday “Member for A Day” celebration – the Glenn Ligon show, closing next week, is a must.  We’ll return to work on Tuesday refreshed, with our minds and wallets full – hope you’ll be enjoying art too!

    “Member for a Day” at The Whitney Museum of American Art: May 26, 2011, 1-9pm

    AMERICA, Glenn Ligon, The Whitney Museum of American Art; closing June 5

    Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Ai Weiwei, Grand Army Plaza: closing July 15

    Structures: 1965-2006, Sol LeWitt, City Hall Park; ongoing until December 3

    The Andy Monument, Rob Pruitt, Union Square: ongoing until October 2

  • We Donated 5,000 Copies of our limited edition artist’s coloring book

    This month we donated 5,000 copies of our limited edition artist’s coloring book, Between the Lines, to patients in hospitals around the country. Next month we’re excited to offer it to residents and visitors of the Lower East Side. We’ll be selling the books at the local Hester Street Fair on Saturday, June 11th from 10am to 6pm, so mark your calendars! Stop by to chat with us about RxArt projects past and present, flip through a copy of the coloring book, and take home a copy for a mere $20. It’s also a great chance to explore the fair, enjoy some tasty treats from local food vendors, and browse the aisles of vintage & handmade goods.

  • “Mona Lisa” Collage Paintings

    Jack Walls

    “Mona Lisa” Collage Paintings

    Half Gallery

    May 5th-May 29, 2011/ Reception: May 5, 6-8 PM

    Our friends at Half Gallery, our opening a new show tomorrow night of Jack Walls Collage Paintings. Walls, with the help of Ryan McGinley’s Studio, has also created Zine to accompany the exhibition, which will be on sale at the Half Gallery for $20. What a steal!

  • PEANUTS, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

    We recently donated over a 100 sets of these awesome Dan Colen colored pencils to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dan created these specially for his solo show, PEANUTS, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Norway this past January. We heard the kids, and the staff, couldn’t wait to start coloring with these in their RxArt Between the Lines coloring books!

  • Supreme has released it’s Spring/Summer 2011

    The NYC skateboard culture inspired company Supreme, has released it’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection and has featured our multi-talented friend, Leo Fitzpatrick in their new look book.  Supreme continues to produce high quality products and collaborate with many of our favorite artists here at RxArt.  Take a peek at their new seasonal collection and pick out your favorites for your own closet this spring!

  • Annual Society for the Arts and Healthcare Conference

    We like to stay connected here at RxArt to everyone who has helped us over the years. One of our former RxArt Volunteers, Jennifer Weiser, recently returned from the Annual Society for the Arts and Healthcare Conference, held this year in San Francisco. Conference attendees had the opportunity to tour the Stanford Hospital & Clinics on a sunny day earlier this month. There was a lot ground to cover and an impressive art collection, which is curated and maintained by the Stanford Hospital & Clinics Art Commission. We’re thrilled Jennifer sent us some snapshots of the tour and are happy to share with you a peak at the project. Above are some of the highlights from Jennifer’s visit, with art by Miriam Schapiro, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov.

  • Little Collector

    We’re excited to share with our readers one of RxArt’s favorite new websites, Little Collector. A carefully curated selection of truly affordable (but still limited edition!) prints features images perfect for households with youngsters running around. The mission: get kids excited about the power of contemporary art at an early age. Works available at the moment include RxArt friend Cynthia Rowley’s sketch of nimble ballerina dancing a duet with an elephant, photographer David Levinthal’s colorful photographs of tin toy amusement park rides, and Jason Middlebrook’s drawing of a chickadee perched on a spring branch.

    RxArt is especially pleased to share Little Collector with you because they are very generously donating a percentage of all sales to RxArt. The founder, Chrissy Crawford, explains “We have a great deal of respect for RxArt and their mission to bring art into hospitals and we strongly believe in art’s therapeutic properties.” Read more about Little Collector in a recent Wall Street Journal article, then click on over yourself.

  • 23-foot High, Yellow Teddy Bear

    If you’re walking along Park Avenue and see a 23-foot high, yellow teddy bear slumped under a gigantic lamp,  don’t be alarmed.  There is not a giant little girl strolling around looking for her lost teddy bear.  It is the work of New York-based Swiss artist, Urs Fischer.  The giant yellow bear will be on display for five months in midtown Manhattan from next week and will be a highlight of the Post-War & Contemporary sale on May 11 at Christie’s.  

    Stop by the Seagram Building at 375 Park Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Midtown Manhattan and say hello to the giant cuddly yellow bear.


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