Unlikely Decor Source: Art Schools
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Art School Cool1 of 10
By Alison Gee
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls," Pablo Picasso once said but let's face it—its other purpose is to make our homes look fabulous. While gallery art can be pricey, student paintings, ceramics, textiles and photographic prints from top U.S. art schools can be purchased by anyone—oftentimes for much less. Here are some prime picks from up-and-coming students and alums. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a future Picasso among them.
Picture Perfect2 of 10
Photographic prints can be hip and novel, especially when showcased in unexpected places (try this one grouped among framed family portraits). This silver gelatin print, "Portrait of a Lady #2," by Philadelphia's Moore College of Art & Design alum Laura Graham, is both edgy and romantic.
SHOP NOW: "Portrait of a Lady #2," by Laura Graham, $225
Graphic Arts3 of 10
Decorative pillow covers by Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD) Fashion and Marketing student Shae Anthony bring all the visual cachet of designer textiles to a room without the sky-high price tag.
SHOP NOW: Olive floral pillow cover, $22
Kitchen Helper4 of 10
"Glazed," an oil-on-panel painting of a doughnut shop by SCAD artist Gregory Eltringham, would make a cheeky focal point in a kitchen.
SHOP NOW: "Glazed" by Gregory Eltringham, $500
Bookbinding Bonanza5 of 10
The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Alumni + Student Art Sale, Oct. 12, features the work of current students and over 150 graduates—a great opportunity to pick up unusual and functional art, such as student Kelly Scruggs' 100-percent handmade, hand-painted blank books, journals, and sketchbooks.
SHOP NOW: Inquire about one-of-a-kind books by Kelly Scrugg, $15 to $75
Painterly Impression6 of 10
If you're tired of mass-produced pieces, try an artful collection of SCAD student Irene McCollam's vases. Made in the Japanese raku style—hot-from-the-kiln pieces are placed into lidded trashcans filled with sawdust and newspaper—each vase emerges from the process with unique color and texture.
SHOP NOW: Raku water vases by Irene McCoolam, $48 each
Art of Sound7 of 10
"Headphones," an acrylic-on-canvas painting by SCAD painting and interior design graduate Hayley Gaberlavage, has the right blend of cool and intrigue for a living room wall. At $4,000, it’s more of an investment than a steal, but the level of artistry is impressive and our guess is that her artwork will increase in value.
SHOP NOW: "Headphones," by Hayley Gaberlavage, $4,000
Bowled Over8 of 10
At RISD's annual sale, scoop up unique wares for your kitchen, such as these hand-turned wooden bowls by industrial design student Tess Feignebaum.
SHOP NOW: To inquire about bowls by Tess Feignebaum, $25 to $150
Pop Star9 of 10
Looking for a way to energize a neutral-colored room? Moore artist Kelly Kozma’s archival reproduction, "One Two Three Four," offers pops of color and pattern to a room—and for $35—this work of art costs less than dinner and a movie.
SHOP NOW: "One Two Three Four" by Kelly Kozma, $35
Sure-Fire Collection10 of 10
The handmade one-of-a-kind forms of the Working Class Studio Irene Collection have the appeal of classic midcentury styling. At $34 each, the pieces are affordable enough to display as a group.
SHOP NOW: Working Class Studio by Irene McCollam, $34 each
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