Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Immersed in Art

Immersed, 2011
Graphite, acrylic, spray paint and collage on paper
32" x 40"

I have been spending alot of time lately at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, and loving every minute of it.  After 7 weeks of intensive training, I conducted my evaluation tour last week for some of the staff members.  Based around the theme Sense of Place I selected 3 works from the galleries; Suntek Chung's 3 photographs from the Young Country Exhibition, Joe Girandola's Duct Tape drawing of Stonehenge, and Alison Stigora's Natural Forces installation.  Three very differnt ways of creating and constructing a sense of place, Chung's work examines identity and cultural stereotypes, Girandola constructs architectural and cultural icons in decay, and Stigora's installation transforms the gallery in an awe inspiring natural environment. All three are theatrical in a very different way.

Monday was the Guide Luncheon welcoming new and thanking veteran guides.  Pema Domingo- Barker, Director of Education at the Queens Museum of Art was the guest speaker.  I learned that Queens is the most culturally diverse population IN THE WORLD (did I hear that right?) and to reflect the population some amazing programs have been designed to integrate, educate, and support the community.

And tomorrow is Surviving the Art World: A Practical Approach, an opportunity to have work viewed by 5 or 6 different curators and get much needed feedback. I understand it will kind of be like "speed dating" as those of us who have signed up cycle through the various curators and take from it what we will.  I have prepared my power point presentation, my artist statement and updated my resume.  Should be very interesting... and hopefully, not too intimidating. But what the heck....

Have you every done anything like this? I'd love to hear about your experiences and what you came away with.

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