Archive for October, 2009

Don’t Mess with the Monsters

We begin taping Zombies vs Vampires in two days and everyone is honing their skills.
Ed turns Aron (above – note Ed’s latex mummy mask work in the background) and Angie transforms Fatima (below) into ghouls.

Zombie Aron:
Zombie Fatima:

Wendy prepares a zombie pyjama (above) as I mold Roxy’s vampire fangs (below).

Rehearsing vampires move in for a closer look.

Vampires (above) and Zombies (below) face off in rehearsal.

Another emergency location-scouting trip, as the sweet desert sun slides away.


October 30, 2009 at 5:33 am

Short Film Festival 2010


Prior year's event. Photo courtesy Ken Storch.

Please join us at the museum for the 2010 Short Film Festival.  The festival will be held on April 17, at 8 PM, at our museum on the plaza. 

The festival is an annual outdoor film and video event to celebrate the artistic and creative endeavors of people with different visions and levels of experience.  More information is, as always, available on the museum’s event page.


October 29, 2009 at 10:21 pm

random but funny

I just got this link from a Google alert and thought I’d share. It looks like something I wrote was translated into another language and then translated back to English by a non-human bot. My favorite line, I think, is the “free, hands-on art labor for the minors”.

I love me a good funny. Below, a copy of the page. It does, though, reference our sustainability season as it was picked up in the Discovery Channel’s Treehugger site, which is pretty cool.

-diane  :)

“October 28

Media involvement in ASU Art Museum ‘s Shaping Sustainability season

ASU Art Museum Defining Sustainability season covered on Treehugger.comASU Art Museum Shaping Sustainability season covered

Snap the image above to read the full article on the ASU Art Museum ‘s up-to-the-minute season of exhibitions entitled Delineate Sustainability It Holds exciting for us that so many people are besides interested therein subject one we all cognise is not rattlingly new to artists.

Come by the museum Tuesdays – Sat through Jan 2010 to see all of the exhibitions personally. An added fillip – the first Sabbatum of every month the museum holds free hands-on art labor for the minors! Cheque out our internet site calendar for dates and times.


October 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm 1 comment

Improv alert!


Calling all zombies to board Z-Train!

On Saturday, Nov. 7, at sunset, a group of male and female performers will board the light rail train, take their seats, and begin to put on makeup. They will not make themselves more beautiful, but rather, they will transform into the living dead and head out into the night!

Interested? Please come to a mandatory information session:

at ASU Art Museum: on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6pm

— or —

at Cartel Coffee Lab: on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6pm

where we will answer all questions and provide a makeup lesson.

Cost:  Free.  Participation is free and basic makeup kits will be provided (but you are welcome to bring your own)

No performing or makeup application experience is necessary!


Tell your friends! Z-train performance

Tell your friends!


-Jillian (and diane)

October 28, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Zombies vs Vampires is Shaping Up!

I’ve lost track but I think there are only a few more days until the taping for Zombies vs Vampires, and we are inching towards being ready!

Paul and Tara help bloody up some zombie wear.

OMG apparently that is me on the left, terrifying poor Andrea our makeup artist extraordinaire. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

We dragged a museum preparator in to be a practice model – someone forgot to tell him to play dead ;) Another great make-up creation by Wendy!

Zombies (above) and Vampires (below) rehearse on an ASU plaza.

Great vampire makeup by Trevor.

Fabulous zombie looks by Angie (above) and Angelica (below).

ok it’s 3:30am which is 6:30am in New York and in any case it is way past my bedtime, so I’m signing off.

October 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

Adam Listening to the Desert

Yesterday, somewhere south of Phoenix, sound engineer Adam Murray recorded the subtle sounds of desert for Vampires vs Zombies. It was a hot, dry, crackly day and the incessant overhead plane volleys called for measured patience. I suffered many scratches as I ran, rubbed branched together, brushed against the bristled shrubbery, slithered, and otherwise performed noises for Adam’s listening machines. Luckily we encountered neither scorpions nor jumping cacti – dear desert, you are a prickly beast!




October 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

Zombies in the House

This week our skilled make-up artists have been making zombies in the gallery, and unleashing them on the unsuspecting public. Strangely every time we finish a zombie, it disappears, causing concern among the museum staff. So far, all staff are breathing and accounted for.


andrea transforms matt (above) into the living dead (below)



roxy turns bryan (above), and wendy turns sonny (below) into terrifying, though happy, zombies


matt studies kyl’s technique turning paul into a walking corpse (above)

roxy gets a taste of her own medicine in the expert hands of angie’s make-up

one big happy family! note to zombies: do not eat your make-up artist!

5 days left until the Zombies vs Vampires video showdown – don’t miss it!

October 27, 2009 at 5:41 am

October 24 at ASU

This past Friday, I photographed a number of ASU students who participated in the International Day of Climate Action with the environmentally-conscious organization 350. In preparation for the main event that was held Saturday, October 24, the students painted our iconic gold A on A Mountain a really, really vibrant green. On Saturday, a fairly large group of people went back and spelled out a human 3-5-0 in front of the green A for photo ops.

You can see the main event photos on Facebook, but here are a few that I got of the painting session. And a very green A.

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009

Painting A Mountain green for's International Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009


October 26, 2009 at 7:06 pm

good friends at

ASU Art Museum has such nice friends… check out the blog post from! Nick writes about all kids of great activities, restaurants and more that are in and around the light rail line. There’s a rail stop close by the museum, at Mill Ave and 3rd Street. Just walk south, across University, and you’re here!

October 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Creating the Vampire!

Here’s a sneak peek into makeup sessions last week at ASU Art Museum for my upcoming Vampires vs Zombies video, featuring 55 local zombies and vampires, not to mention the talents of local make-up artists. Our vampires will be red-eyed and thirsty, with bloodstained lips.

Carlos Vampire makeup

Carlos (above) and Ginger (below) create vampire looks!

Ginger Vampire makeup

Greg Vampire Makeup Before

Vampire look, created by Sandra (above), modeled by Greg (below)

Greg Vampire Makeup After


Vampire eyes (above) and mouth (below), created by Greg; modeled by Paul


Join us!


October 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

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