Slow Art Day

April 4, 2020 12:00AM to 11:59PM

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

On April 4, 2020, LUAG, along with museums across the world, from the United States to Germany, Zambia, China, Brazil, France, El Salvador, Britain, Ukraine, and many other countries, will invite people in their communities to hit the pause button. Visitors will gather inside virtual spaces to take part in international Slow Art Day and slow down as they look at art.

The average person looks at a painting for fifteen to thirty seconds, but on Slow Art Day, we urge visitors to spend 5 to 10 minutes closely examining a work of art – or longer if the work captivates and inspires them.

Why slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers. Visit the Slow Art Day website for more programs and information. 

Follow us on social media @LUArtGalleries for daily inspiration and resources to cultivate your curiosity though art.

View LUAG's Digital Collection on ArtStor

Explore a selection of highlights from LUAG's permanent collection of over 16,000 works of art spanning many cultures and eras through our public digital collection on Artstor.

Romare Bearden
American (1914-1988)
Firebirds, 1979
Lithograph on paper, 66/300
Gift of George P. Kramer
LUG 83 1021

Guiding Questions
What do you notice? What story do you think this work might tell?

Romare Bearden, said that music, particularly jazz, influenced his work. How does this work show those influences?

How do the bold colors in this lithograph affect your reaction to the work?

Romare Bearden was greatly inspired by the works of other artists, including traditional African art. How does this work show those influences?

Want to learn more? Visit our Collection Highlights for more information about this artist. 

Video & Collection Insights:

Explore works of art from our collection with insights from Lehigh students.

Student Insights: June by Charles Burchfield
By Caitlin Walsh, ‘19

“I find myself at peace when I draw, and when I see others finding their own personal way of finding that same peace. That is why I resonated so greatly with June. I am mesmerized by Charles Birchfield’s mark making, and found myself in a slight trance by June in Zoellner that day when we were given time to explore.”

Discover Mandalas and Art Journaling

with Heather Rodale, President and Founder of Healing Through The Arts, Inc. and Member of LUAG Director's Advisory Council

"I have been posting an art journal page a day for the last 2 weeks on FB and Instagram. It is keeping me creative and inspired during this tough time. I use mandala drawing as my form of creative meditation.

I hope that sharing my art journal pages will inspire others to be hopeful and creative. It is also important to look at this "at home" time, not as a waste, but an opportunity to explore something new. I know that life will be very different on the other side of the quarantine as it has given many of us an opportunity to see what is truly important in our lives." - Heather Rodale

Menashe Kadishman
Israeli, 1932–2015
Trees, 1977
Welded Steel and Rusted Patina
Gift of Philip & Muriel Berman

Get Outdoors: LUAG’s Sculpture Collection

Lehigh University is home to over 50 outdoor sculptures located across three campuses, including the Asa Packer Campus, Mountaintop Campus, and Goodman Campus. The Outdoor Sculpture Collection includes sculptures that range in scale from the modest to the monumental and encompass a variety of styles, approaches, periods, and materials.

Student Insights: Trees by Menashe Kadishman
By Christine Kreschollek, AAD Technology & Communications Coordinator

“Public art is a great meeting place, and a great conversation starter. Trees draws you in and asks you to question your relationship with nature; and while you are doing that, you are in nature, so enjoy!” - Christine Kreschollek

Spring into the Outdoor Sculpture Collection

#ColorOurCollection: COLORING PAGES

Download a coloring sheet and share your artwork with us on social media @LUArtGalleries and using the hashtag #ColorOurCollection and #LehighConnects. We can't wait to see your work!

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando Hiroshige)
Japanese, 1797 - 1858
28th Station : Mitsuke, No.29 from The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, 1833
Woodblock print on paper
LUG 79 8009
Gift of Philip & Muriel Berman

Coloring Sheet inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige

Created by Alexa Nunamker, '20

28th Station: Mitsuke, No. 29 from The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō
Utagawa Ando Hiroshige
Woodblock print on paper

Don't forget to tag us @LUArtGalleries and share your creations for a chance to be featured on our social media. 

LU Coloring Pages from Lehigh Alumni

(scroll halfway down the page)

Upcoming LUAG@Home Events

Visit our Events page for more information.

Tues., April 7, 5:30-6:30 pm: Art In Dialogue: Stories that Pictures Tell with Nicholas Sawicki & Michael Kramp

Tues., April 14, 4-5 pm: Art in Dialogue: Art Journaling with Jason Travers and Ian Birky

Sat., April 18, 10-11 am: Art in Dialogue: Artist Talk & Family Workshop with Deirdre Murphy

Tues., April 21, 7-8 pm: Create & Connect: Viewing Art as Inspiration for Creative Writing
In partnership with the LU Libraries and Jasmine Woodson for Poetry Month
(please check back for more info)

Tues., April 28, Time TBD: Art in Dialogue: In the Belly of the Architect with Anthony Viscardi & Tim Higgins
(please check back for more info)