A style of photograph taken on a film camera which uses the 35mm format.


Work that uses shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve desired effect, does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality.

Abstract Expressionism

The term applied to new forms of abstract art developed by American painters in the 1940s and 1950s, characterized by gestural brush-strokes and spontaneity.

Acrylic Paint

A type of water-based fast-drying paint.


A concern with beauty or taste (adjective); a particular taste or approach to the visual qualities of an object (noun).

Analogue Photography

A type of photography that uses an analogue camera and film, and is not digital.


The act of intentional copying, borrowing, and or alteration of preexisting images.

Archival Fine Art Print

A name applied to fine art prints created on inkjet printers, often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to suggest high quality printing, also known as Giclée.

Art History

The academic study of the history and development of the visual arts.

Artist’s Proof (AP)

A first impression of a print, often produced by the artist to assess the state of the print before creating further editions.


The exploration of new forms or subject matter.


Bachelor of Arts Degree / Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Blind Embossed Monoprint

A process by which an artist imprints paper without the aid of a printed pictorial image or foil. The color of the embossed image is the same as the color of the surface.


A style of decorative lettering or handwriting.


A body of work that is representative of a particular genre or field.


A group of artists working together to achieve a common objective.


The perceived hue of an object, produced by the manner in which it reflects or emits light into the eye. Also, a substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that conveys a hue.


The request for the creation of a work of art.


The arrangement of the individual elements within a work of art.

Conceptual Artist

An artist who emphasizes theoretical ideas and practices rather than the creation of visual forms.

Contemporary Art

A term loosely used to refer to art of the present day and of the relatively recent past, of an innovatory or avant-garde nature. (Ali Beletic)


The outline of something.


The degree of difference between light and dark areas in a composition.


An art expert who manages collections and organizes exhibitions.

Curatorial Practice

The practice of designing a physical or virtual space with an intended concept through a variety of media.

Earth Art Ceremonies

A new type of experiential work which participates in the historic tradition of ceremony as a means to create evocative experiences for the modern art community to have access to ancient emotions, latent instincts and 360 degree sensual experiences.


A series of identical impressions or prints made from the same image.

Film Still

A photograph taken during the production of a film that depicts a particular moment or scene.


A way of mounting a work of art that allows for a full view of the face and sides of the artwork.


The implied of shape created by the combination of the various visual elements that make up a work.


The study of the way art is made and what it looks like that is based solely on an examination of form.

Found Object

A natural or man-made object, or fragment of an object, that is found (or sometimes bought) by an artist and kept because of some intrinsic interest the artist sees in it.

Full Bleed

A term that refers to printing beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming. This style of printing leaves no white border around the image.


A term used to describe the application of paint in free sweeping movements, most commonly with a brush.


A metallic grey material used for writing and drawing normally used in pencil form.


A type of opaque watercolor paint, often used to create a wash.


A performance, event, or situation considered as art, especially those initiated by the artists group Fluxus in the early 1960s. These events are often planned, but involve improvisation, are multidisciplinary, may take place in any location, and frequently involve audience participation.


A subject that adheres to particular conventions of artistic representation and is imbued with symbolic meaning.


The creation of an enveloping aesthetic or sensory experience in a specific environment, often inviting active engagement by the spectator.

Joshua Tree, CA

A high desert town at the foothills of the Mojave Desert in Southern California roughly 125 miles east of Los Angeles and 35 northeast of Palm Springs. Home to the Joshua Tree National Park where artists and adventurers alike come to find peace, serenity and an escape from city life.


An image of which the primary focus is naturally occurring scenery.

Linear Symbols

Stylistic element that emphasizes lines and contours.


A printing process that uses a metal plate or flat stone on which ink is adhered using a greasy substance and non-image areas are made ink-repellent.

Marfa, TX

A city in the high desert of far West Texas that is a destination for contemporary artist.


When a work is framed with a white core mat surrounding the edge of the artwork, creating space between the work and the frame.


A word that refers to both to the type of art (e.g. painting, sculpture, printmaking), as well as the materials an artwork is made from.

Medium Format Film

Film and digital cameras that capture images larger than 24 by 36 mm (full-frame, used in 35 mm photography), but smaller than 4 by 5 inches.


A style that uses pared-down design elements.

Mixed Media

Artworks composed from a combination of different media or materials.


A work of art rendered in only one color.


Combining several artistic disciplines or specializations in the approach to creating a work of art.


A large painting applied to a wall or ceiling, often in a public space.

Oil Paint

A paint in which pigment is suspended in oil, which dries on exposure to air.


A term in traditional photography used to describe the process of exposing film to too much light, which results in very bright photographs. In digital photography, where there is no film, overexposure refers to a washed-out image.


The practice of applying paint to a surface, usually with a brush.


The assortment of colors used by an artist in the making of a work of art.


The art of creating an image that is recorded by exposing a photosensitive surface to light.

Pop Art

A movement of mostly British and American artists in the 1950s and 1960s that was characterized by references to imagery and products from media, popular culture, and advertising.


Multiple copies of an original design.


The method by which an impression is made involving transfer from one surface to another.


Artwork painted in a realistic almost photographic way.


The study of signs and symbols and how they are used.


The form in which an object appears.

Tappan Collective Edition

A limited edition produced and sold exclusive by Tappan Collective.

Textile Design

The art of manipulating the appearance of fabrics and other materials to create unique designs.


The perceived surface quality of an artwork.

Visual Language

A way of communicating using visual elements.


A visual arts technique that creates a semi-transparent layer of color.