THANK YOU + A Running List of Art Orgs You Can Support

So much more has happened in the last three months than I could have ever expected. From winning the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Good ‘N Plenty Award, to hearing feedback from artists and fans, aftrART is much further along than I envisioned when I first had the idea to start this project.

 

I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone that has supported this project, especially SMoCA and everyone that attended the Good ‘N Plenty Event back in October.

 

Not only did I want to say thanks, but I also wanted to share some thoughts on the importance of supporting arts organizations, museums, and centers. If you’re lucky enough to have some of these resources in your community, I really encourage you to take the time and go. These places exist to foster culture and enrich communities with art, and as artists and creatives, we owe it to them to participate!

3 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Creative Projects

Truth be told, I plan obsessively.

 

In college, I started planning my honors thesis two years before I was required to begin. Right now, I have a list of 75 blogs and videos I plan to produce for aftrART. And I’ve had my 2017 budget planned out since October.
 
Planning is a big part of my life. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have something to reference when things get a little crazy.
 

Don’t get me wrong…

 
There’s plenty of value giving yourself some time to explore your creativity without restriction. But as soon as you set a goal for yourself, your next logical step should be to come up with a plan of attack.

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What is an Artist Statement?

Quite simply, an artist statement is a piece of writing that accompanies a series, project, or body of work. Typically written by the artist, it is one of the best ways to help your audience relate to your art.

 

The wonderful thing about art is that it can be abstract, figurative, or open for interpretation. But because of that, sometimes your art can leave a large part of your potential audience in the dark.

 

That’s where your artist statement comes in; giving people just enough context can help them better connect with the work you’ve made — and that’s what we’re all aiming for, right?
 

A great artist statement provides clarity to the reader and gives them a reason to care about your work — so this is one part of the creative process you don’t want to neglect!

The Art of Communication [For Artists]

As a former lab aide, studio assistant, and camera rentals associate, I’ve spent plenty of time talking to artists with all sorts of backgrounds.

 

But regardless of where they’re at in their career or what kind of art education they’ve received, many artists have been mislead to believe that visual art requires no explanation or context. That, in fact, their art can speak for itself.
 
Seriously, when I hear someone say something like, “I’d rather let my audience find their own meaning in this piece,” it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
It. Drives. Me. Crazy.

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2 Things Art Schools are Getting Wrong

Even though I discovered my passion for photography early on, I didn’t start college pursuing a studio art degree. I liked the idea of going to school for art, but there were a few things holding me back.

 

First of all, I lacked the self-confidence in my work to think that I could be accepted into a competitive program. Secondly, I had reservations about pursuing photography because I couldn’t envision what a career would look like after I graduated.

 

So, thanks to my own insecurities and uncertainties about my future, I started at Arizona State University as a Digital Culture major.

2 Flaws in the Argument Against an Art Degree

If you’ve ever even considered getting an art degree, you’ve probably heard this before:

 

“Don’t go to art school.”

 

It’s either that, or a skeptical, “Oh… so… what do you plan on doing with that degree?”

 

We all know these folks mean well (most of the time). They don’t want us spending a butch of money on a degree that they don’t believe will lead to a lucrative future.

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10 Ways Artists Can Take Action to Create Change

If there’s one good thing that’s come from the elections, it’s this:

 

We’re all awake now.

 

And we know that it’s time for things to change.

 

Complacency isn’t an option. We can’t get comfortable, no matter what our social status, gender, skin color, or income can provide.

 

But even though we’ve begun to recognize even more faults in our society that need to be reconciled, it’s difficult to figure out what should happen next.

 

For the last week I’ve been trying to think of ways individuals can create change, either with art or otherwise. So I’ve pulled together a list of 10 ways artists can take action.

 

If you’re like me and want to find ways to use your creativity to make a difference, I hope this helps inspire you to get started!

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A Book & Print Sale with a Purpose

Late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, I wrote Artists: a Call to Arms.

 

This was my gut reaction to the 2016 US Elections.

 

The next couple days were a blur. I felt sick, exhausted, emotional, scared, confused, frustrated, lost. And a big part of me still does.

 

I can’t say that I’ve completely come to terms with all that’s happening in our country right now.

 

Who knows how these next four years will play out. My guess is that it’s not going to be easy. We’re going to have to fight hard to keep some of the rights we’ve won over the past eight years, and fight even harder to win the rights that are still technically on the table (or keep getting brought back to the table).

 

But like I said on Wednesday, artists can make a difference.

The Value of Art School

If you're thinking about going to art school, you're currently in art school, or you went to art school you've probably asked yourself this question at some point in time:   Is art school/was my art degree worth it?   I get it...

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Artists: A Call to Arms

I wanted to keep politics out of this.

 

But I think we can all agree, with tonight’s results from the 2016 US elections, that’s just not possible.

 

I’m scared…I’m scared for the things I love and the people I love. I’m worried about what’s going to happen to all that we’ve accomplished. For my rights and yours. For republicans and democrats alike. For everyone outside and inside the system.

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9 BIG Ideas to Explore

If you haven’t noticed yet, this first month of content is about building the foundation of aftrART. I am all about clarity, and I want to make sure you have a good understanding of what we’re getting into here.

 

However, I’ve failed to mention the most important part.

 

Sure I’ve hinted at it here and there, but I know you must be wondering…

 

What exactly do I plan on doing here?

 

What subject matter am I covering? What topics can you expect to learn about on aftrART?

 

aftrART: Why It’s Here & What to Expect

This is one of the very first videos I recorded for aftrART, long before it ever even occurred to me that my digital camera wasn’t equipped to handle video. Notice the weird coloring and occasional out-of-focus clips?

 

Yup, that’s exactly why I ended up applying for a grant.

 

But that’s besides the point.

 

In this video, I start to dig a little deeper into why I wanted to start this project. Check it out!

The Story of aftrART

There are lots of reasons why I started aftrART. In fact, most of this month’s content is going to involve me trying to explain the many motives for this project, as quickly as I can.

 

But prior to today, I had to summarize my project in 600 words, and then in under 6 minutes for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s Good ‘n Plenty Artist Award. To fully express my thoughts, I decided to overcomplicate everything by creating a 6 minute stop-motion animation. Honestly, I probably spent over 15 hours making that thing.

 

Fortunately it payed off, because I won!