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Are You a Visionary? Enter Our Artists Month Contest

In celebration of Artists Month, we’re putting out a call for entries for you — our creative audience — to create and submit a piece of artwork that best reflects you. We’re looking for expressions of identity and creativity here: Perhaps it’s a self-portrait, or a photograph of a beloved object, a diorama scene, or … READ MORE

For Your Tuesday: Basquiat, and a Live Chat with Our Artists Month Filmmakers

In celebration of Artists Month, we are hosting a live chat today in collaboration with PBS NewsHour’s Art Beat and ITVS. Join us RIGHT HERE for a discussion about creativity, transformation, outsider art, and the love of great storytelling with the filmmakers behind this month’s slate of amazing docs. Join us right here at 7 … READ MORE

Mikey Welsh Trades Rock ‘n’ Roll Stardom for Outsider Art

Mikey Welsh is a painter living in Burlington, Vermont. He worked in collage and watercolors until the age of 19, when he began his music career. By the age of 30, he had achieved international fame as the bassist for the alt-rock band Weezer. The touring and drugs and stress of the rock ‘n’ roll … READ MORE

Hollywood Multitasker Tamra Davis Remembers Her Friend, Jean-Michel Basquiat

Director Tamra Davis is hardly an “outsider artist.” She is a well-known Hollywood director of music videos (with Sonic Youth, Hanson, Depeche Mode, Cher, and many more), feature films (including Billy Madison, Half Baked, and Crossroads with Britney Spears), and television series (My Name is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris, and Ugly Betty, among others). She … READ MORE

Find and Use the Secret Word to Win Our Basquiat Poster

Yeah, we’re doing another contest because we really like giving stuff away. First, did you know that select Independent Lens films are screened in more than 95 communities nationwide — at schools, libraries, veteran’s halls, etc. — every month? It’s all part of our Community Cinema initiative designed to bring our films directly to you … READ MORE