art·​work | \ ˈärt-ˌwərk How to pronounce artwork (audio) \

Definition of artwork

1a : an artistic production an 8-foot metal artwork
b : artistic work artwork being sold on the sidewalk
b : material (such as a drawing or photograph) prepared for reproduction in printed matter

Examples of artwork in a Sentence

A local painter was selling her artwork on the street. The walls of the restaurant are decorated in original artwork. Some of the children's artwork was hanging on the refrigerator. The museum recently recovered two stolen artworks.
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But when the anti-government protests began, her artwork took on a political standpoint, documenting the central role women played in shaping the movement. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Sudan’s street protests have inspired another revolution—in art," 12 July 2019 This huge, nationally recognized fine arts show takes place within the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park and features artwork of all mediums, styles and price points., "Cleveland Orchestra performs Harry Potter and 15 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend," 29 June 2019 Changes in the route can be seen in the artwork at Luxor. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 In the future, IGCA wants to provide larger murals so more of the street can be covered in artwork. Author: Lauren Ellenbecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage artists leave downtown street chalk-full of color," 24 June 2019 For Saturday’s unveiling at 1015 E. Las Olas Blvd., the proprietors are offering visitors a look at a giant mural by illustrator Sandra Navarra, of Barcelona, and tote bags featuring her artwork. David Lyons,, "Warby Parker is opening its first eyewear store in Broward on Las Olas Boulevard," 19 June 2019 In fact, her Enjoy St. Bernard artwork was a prominent part of the parish’s recent St. Bernard Day at the Capitol. Barry Lemoine,, "Artists help St. Bernard salute America," 19 June 2019 In her artwork that combines illustrations with paper craft, a woman’s hand takes the place of the claw and housekeeping objects replace stuffed toys. Rohini Kejriwal, Quartz India, "This Indian artist is retelling popular western fairy tales, minus the gender stereotypes," 14 June 2019 But soon, other viewers began tuning in and sending in their own artwork to be featured on the show. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "Brothers with special needs star in a world without limits," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of artwork

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of artwork was in 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of artwork

: a painting, sculpture, photograph, etc., that is created to be beautiful or to express an important idea or feeling : an artistic work
: drawings, photographs, etc., that are included in books, magazines, and other printed materials

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