Spring is here and we have a quite a few graduations to announce! Assets for Artists recently saw 7 of our fabulous creatives complete the program and invest their A4A funds. Here’s a little bit about each of them:
Pat Falco is a visual artist based in Boston. Called an “artist of the deadpan” by the Boston Globe in 2013, Pat’s work — often based in text and cartoon-like imagery — uses droll humor to expose the absurdity of the art world’s constructed hierarchies. An active member of the Boston arts community, Pat runs the Distillery Gallery in South Boston and Lincoln Art Projects in Waltham, MA. 2014 was a big year for Pat: he had solo shows at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME and GRIN in Providence, RI, and was accepted into the Visual Artist Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts. This summer, Pat will be working on a large-scale, commissioned installation on the Boston Harbor Islands! Pat is using his A4A funds for smaller projects: printing posters, publishing small-run books/zines, and t-shirts/apparel that are on sale online. Check out his website for more of Pat’s work and his web comic, The Strangerer — you won’t be disappointed!
Kimberly Convery is a visual artist based in Portland, Maine. Using simple imagery, repetitive patterns, and heavy texture, Kimberly creates work that hovers between minimalism and “complete chaos.” She will have a solo exhibition at Engine in Biddeford, Maine, May 29 – July 25 entitled “Everything you know is True.” Kimberly has been preparing for her upcoming show in a big way: she will be making a series of prints and other merchandise related to the exhibition, as well as developing a lecture series of local artists who will elaborate on the theme of her exhibition. With her A4A funds Kimberly will invest in a new marketing plan and communications outreach. To see all of Kimberly’s beautiful work, head to her website!
Sarah Platanitis is a photographer, lifestyle journalist, and media educator. Her work focuses on the interconnected power of food, humanity, and artistic expression. Her recent creative endeavor, the Women & Food Project, is an inter-media storytelling curation that features impassioned women with great stories to share about their relationship to food. Sarah also offers media readiness workshops for artists and creative-minded organizations. Drawing from her experience as a seasoned journalist, she leads three sessions of media workshops including “Press Ready 101,” “Content Cowboys,” and “Meet, Great, and Speak.” These workshops deliver useful and practical marketing and P.R. skills that are motivating for beginners and energizing for those at intermediate or advanced levels. Sarah plans to use her A4A investment to purchase vital photographic equipment. Check out all of Sarah’s work at her website!
Fay Ku is a visual artist based in NYC. Her 2D work consists of delicately drawn images using graphite, watercolor and ink. Fay creates quiet, intimate spaces for contemplation and escape through her images. She adapts a mixture of elegant imagery and technical detail that allows each piece to feel intricate without overwhelming the viewer. Fay just finished a six-week Winter Workspace residency at Wave Hill where she continued her experimentation with layered transparencies of Mylar, which allows for deeper space in her images. She will have a work included in an upcoming group exhibition at the Bruce Museum this summer, and a solo exhibition at the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame in the Fall of 2016. Fay will put her A4A capital toward new, specialized studio equipment, furniture, and technology. To check out all of Fay’s fantastic work, head to her website!
Sophie Wood is an interdisciplinary performing artist based in Western Massachusetts. She creates ritualistic, comedic performance events that utilize landscape, light, storytelling, poetry, sculpture, music, and dance. Sophie is also the co-founder of the Royal Frog Ballet, a group of collaborative artists who create performance and installation events on farms and other outdoor spaces. The events produce a unique experience for the audience including community participation with ritual, food, fire, custom props, and seasonal elements. Sophie has also been teaching for over 1o years and continues to co-direct a youth theater program on Shakespeare and clowning techniques — She’s one busy artist! Sophie plans to put her A4A investment toward a new studio, project materials, and documentation equipment. To stay connected with Sophie’s many projects, check out her page on the Royal Frog Ballet website!
Jessica Delfino is a musician, comedian, and acclaimed music teacher based in New York City. In 2011, Jessica began YouRockNYC, a community program for young, aspiring musicians. YouRockNYC is part school, part library, part cafe, and part music hall that serves as a community space for musically-inclined young people! Her program offers music lessons, services, instrument rentals, and is a proud sponsor of the annual 4-day local music festival, NY Funny Songs Fest. Jessica plans to use her A4A funds to assist this exciting start-up. Check out her project here and get rocking!
Ana Dos Santos is a Massachusetts-based jewelry and metalsmith artist and the woman behind GarnetgirlStudio. Her work is hand fabricated with high-quality materials using traditional jewelry-making techniques. Ana’s beautiful jewelry functions to adorn the body and honor special moments. Using precious materials like sterling silver, gold, and various gems and stones, Ana aims to offer creative, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that are simple and elegant. Ana plans to use her A4A funds to expand her collection with 14K and 18K gold. She hopes to invest her funds in a brick and mortar studio/storefront in order to engage with the community and offer basic jewelry-making workshops. To see all of Ana’s beautiful jewelry, head to her Etsy!
Well done, A4A artists! We’ll miss working with you, but we’re excited to see what you accomplish next.