It’s a myth that artists live in poverty and isolation because they’re too distracted to be concerned about their personal wellbeing, that making money from their work is irrelevant to their professional ambitions. Unfortunately, traditional perceptions of our greatest visual artists survive today and are still considered accurate portrayals of the contemporary artist of the 21st century. “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, Essays by 40 Working Artists” (Sharon Loudon, 2017)
I recently attended a workshop led by Ms. Loudon, who dismantled these myths by reframing what we do and how we interact with our communities. She confirmed and validated my own experiences living and supporting my work as an artist. She asserts that the artists’ studio practice is by definition entrepreneurial and dependent upon his or her community for resources and sustenance. These reciprocal relationships can and must invigorate and revitalize our communities. As a result of this encounter, and after reading Sharon’s book, I’ve been re-thinking my practice and re-writing my goals in planning for the coming years.
Additional pages for each body of work (in order of the year they were made) have been added in the drop down menu: Grants, commissions and projects.”
2016- XXCHANGE- A complex collaborative grant funded exhibition at the Gallery Area 405, Baltimore, Md .
2016 – River Arts, Chestertown, MD: River Orrery, 2016, curated by Alex Castro. Best in Show.
20010-2015 – Baltimore Ravens: I was commissioned over several years to fabricate special gifts for John Harbaugh, head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Each project was very different, but I was always pleased that they appreciated my work and most importantly, that they hired an artist to do the work.
20014 – Capitol Hill Artist Workshop, ” S is for Spider” : a commission for the DC Department of Public Transportation, still on view on Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Nehemiah/The Sword and the Shield, a gift commissioned for John Harbaugh, 2010.