Artspan Portal: Mixed Media

Introduction to Mixed Media

The term mixed media art signifies the use of different media in the creation of one work. This can allow for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the muliple layers that often characterize mixed media art. The character of mixed media contributes to its popularity within the contemporary art world, as it can blend well with conceptual visual formulation. The end result can be less a direct visual statement than a way to bring irony into play as a comment on a visual statement. Mixed media art is frequently used to express political views or social statements.   Common media combinations include oil paint, graphite, textiles, or sculpture. However, mixed media pieces can include almost anything. For example, found objects can be used in conjunction with traditional artist media. The different combinations of media and varying composition, color, and texture can all be used for interesting effect. It has been said, “Art is not a thing; it is a way.” The process and materials used to create a work of art are always of interest; with mixed media they are central to the work itself. The fact of the mediums, their texture and look, their presence, are important parts of the message conveyed.

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Associations (see all)
Collage Artists of America
Tarzana, CA
Maintains ties to the community and promotes the study of collage through...
Mixed Media Collage Artists
United States
To share our collective knowledge, exchange ideas and techniques, and mentor...
The International Society of Assemblage and Collage Artists
Fort Worth, Texas
Provides opportunity to be listed as a member, participate in collage...
Books (see all)
Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
Joseph Cornell (19031972) was a self-taught yet highly sophisticated artist who is celebrated...
Mixed-Media Collage: An Exploration of Contemporary Artists, Methods, and Materials
Mixed-media collage artists are embracing, unearthing, and reconstructing the flotsam and jetsam...
Mixed-Media Master Class with Sherrill Kahn: 50+ Surface-Design Techniques for Fabric & Paper
Create along with mixed-media master Sherrill Kahn as she shows you dozens of ways to make...
Education (see all)
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, Ca
MFA in Fine Arts
New York University
New York, NY
MFA in Studio Art
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Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
MFA in Studio Arts
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
MFA in Studio Arts
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Boston, Ma
MFA in Visual Arts
Galleries (see all)
Davidson Galleries Contemporary Prints
Seattle, Wa
Contains a variety of constantly rotating exhibitions from artists of all genres...
Jean Albano Gallery
Chicago, Il
Chicago art galleries specializing in contemporary painting, sculpture and mixed...
Winfield Gallery
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
A contemporary mixed-media gallery representing more that 100...
Publications (see all)
American Artist
Devoted to the realism in art and excellence in their medium, whether oil paint, watercolor,...
Cloth Paper Scissor
Magazine devoted to Mixed Media, Collage, and Artistic Discovery.
Fiber & Stitch
Includes in-depth articles exploring a variety of mixed media techniques using paper, fiber and...