The Common Studio

artist: Ben Shattuck
October 2nd, 2015 | 5:00am

When I first heard of the Nicaraguan Canal Project, ...

March 6th, 2015 | 6:00am

In his 1838 “Essay on American Scenery,” Thomas Cole—the celebrated “founding father”...

November 14th, 2014 | 6:00am

"Bayonet Trials" by Erik Hougen

In reference to photography, Roland Barthes wrote that its...

October 10th, 2014 | 5:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user 3nglishN3rd


artist: Emeka Ogboh
March 7th, 2014 | 8:00am

Lagos, Nigeria is growing fast but travels slow. The city, which is Africa’s largest, has doubled in population within the past seventeen years, crowding its roads and bridges with many millions of people – too...

January 10th, 2014 | 8:00am


Today we’re delighted to feature this close-up of a gorgeous recent acquisition by the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.

Made in Italy of Carrara marble in the third quarter of the 2nd century CE, this ancient Roman sarcophagus features sea nymphs riding on the backs of sea centaurs while cupids fly overhead. It has “...

artist: Lauri Lyons
August 9th, 2013 | 7:00am

Curated by Alicia Lubowski-Jahn

Although the photographer Lauri Lyons calls New York home, she is ever on the move through her creative projects. Her current body of work spans Africa, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, and the United States, and has connected the globe through African diaspora and identity formation themes. Often pictures and languages within her portrait...

artist: Jeremiah Dine
July 12th, 2013 | 7:00am

Curated by Jeff Bergman

Jeremiah Dine records moments of brisk movement, still unreflective silence, and unstinting labor with equanimity. The images that sit obligingly still now are the distillation of activity by the artist and the subject. Dine uses his lens to interpret the field of view and render the whole image from minute elements linked by chance and purpose. Each...

artist: Noah Schenk
June 14th, 2013 | 7:00am

Curated by Amy Sande-Friedman and Sylvia Li

Conceptual artist Noah Schenk collects unwanted artifacts and prioritizes squandered moments of daily life: he archives our litter, objects that are available everywhere but seen by very few. Litter Study relocates these everyday items to a specific geography. In “...