Launched in 2005 in response to demand by young artists, the free career advancement workshop involves three days of intensive networking, panels and discussions on resources for artists just embarking on a professional career.
This segment is: Making a Statement
Presented by: Sarah Schmerler
Sarah Schmerler: "During this recession, you'll find that, more than ever, you'll need to state clearly in writing who you are and what you do. As close as you are to your own artwork, you would think it easy to write about it. However, many artists get tangled up in knots, trying to find a way, within the art of writing, to express what they are already saying in their visual art. This two-hour workshop is aimed at untangling those knots in an enjoyable and methodical manner. Hands-on writing exercises loosen participants up and teach them to begin to translate visual thoughts into words. First, we'll deconstruct your current approach to art writing. Then, we'll target the problem areas and turn them around, rendering your ideas more clear and coherent. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with a short statement that says what you want to say about yourself and your art. What's more, you'll also gain a far more positive approach towards writing all those grant, residency and exhibition proposals, press releases, and thesis projects—in the future."
Sarah Schmerler is an arts journalist and critic, regularly published in THE NEW YORK POST, THE VILLAGE VOICE, PHOTOGRAPH, TIME OUT NEW YORK, ART IN AMERICA, et al. She has taught writing for many years at The New School.