We’re pleased to announce a new batch of A4A graduates! Since last fall, Assets for Artists watched 10 fabulous creatives complete the program and invest their A4A funds. Here’s a little bit about each of them.
Seth Carnes is a media artist whose work explores the boundaries of contemporary culture. His latest project, Poetics, is a visual poetry app that combines movable text with photographic imagery. The project evolved into the research and development of an object-oriented poetry, spanning physical and virtual media. Seth used his A4A funds to program the app software and bring this visual poetry to fruition! Check out Seth’s other projects his website.
Chris Volpe is an en plein air painter and teacher who uses his poetry background to create work that begins in mood and emotion and extends to abstraction through a contemporary sensibility. He has an upcoming show at the Loading Dock Gallery in collaboration with Tom Viers entitled “Unreliable Witnesses.” With his A4A funds, Chris plans to improve his online presence and create professional sales and marketing materials.
Andy Rosen is a Portland-based artist who takes inspiration from the folk sculpture of New England. Keeping these traditions in mind, Andy’s work uses fantastical imagery with natural elements to explore man’s complicated relationship with the environment. Head to Andy’s website to see more of his sculpture work! Andy plans to use his A4A match grant for an exciting entrepreneurial endeavor. With two collaborators, Andy will be producing unique, artisanal crafted wares for home decor! The design company is called maineland and thrives on the rich aesthetic of Maine’s folk heritage.
Peter Zimmerman, a Lowell-based glass artist, is inspired by the color, richness of detail and physical grace that comes from glass. Using traditional techniques as well as contemporary methods, Peter makes work with skilled technique and scientific precision. Peter plans to implement his A4A funds into updating his glassblowing equipment and expand his web presence!
Puzzle connoisseur Kevin Dunn developed a literacy workshop series called Puzzles for Us that uses puzzle games and activities to help young learners develop stronger reading, vocabulary, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Kevin plans to use his A4A funding to expand his edutainment practice and fund new design work for his latest coloring book. The coloring book, called “All About Me: What I See, What I Can Be,” includes exciting, interactive coloring pictures and encourages children to learn about African Americans who have made valuable social, scientific and artistic contributions to society.
Melissa Gruntkosky is the woman behind Pressbound, a small letterpress, stationery, and paper goods company in Beverly, Massachusetts! She combines a traditional folk art aesthetic, such as Polish paper-cuttings, Russian nesting dolls, and vintage embroidery patterns, with her love of texture, geometrical patterns, and retro color palettes to create a beautiful collection of paper goods. Melissa is putting her A4A grant towards a new product line that will be featured soon at whole sale shows and on her Etsy.
Multi-media artist Jennifer Sullivan works in video, installation, performance, and painting. She employs a collaged aesthetic, and an improvisatory attitude, performing crude makeovers on her source materials, and re-embodying them as her own. Jennifer will be using her A4A funds for materials, equipment, and travel expenses related to two solo exhibitions that she is working on in 2015 at Arts + Leisure gallery in NYC and Emma Gray HQ / 5 Car Garage, in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and more examples of her fabulous work check out her website!
Greta Rybus is a Portland-based freelance photographer specializing in editorial portraiture, food, and travel photography. Her crisp, clean, sun-filled aesthetic transplants the viewer into her delicately set and captured scene. Lately, Greta has been working collaboratively to expand her travel and food portraiture. You can check out her work with Cultivating Community on their website and her blog! Greta is taking initiative to put her A4A funds toward a new computer for editing and a retirement fund to improve the quality of current and future creative assets. Head to her website to see the rest of her stunning work!
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, and artistic director of Féraba African Rhythm Tap Company, Irene Koloseus is one busy creative! Irene performs with Féraba throughout the country, bringing the authentic and unique global flavor and energy of Féraba into many local schools. Using her A4A match grant, Irene helped Féraba produced a CD of drum recordings for teaching artists, drum classes, and students. Check out some track samples on her website!
Maria Finkelmeier is an acclaimed percussionist and musician. She currently serves as the Director of Make Music Boston and Program Manager for the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at the New England Conservatory, while also founding Kadence Art Space! Kadence is a musical hub and creative work space located in Boston, MA that focuses on percussion and technology. Maria will put her A4A money toward the opening of this independent space that will help new and experienced musicians reach their creative potential!
Well done, A4A artists! We’ll miss working with you, but we’re excited to see what you accomplish next.