Keeping the tradition of spring’s plentiful bounty, Assets for Artists had another 7 fantastic creatives complete the program and invest their A4A funds! Here’s a little bit about each of them:
Eileen de Rosas is a ceramicist making functional pottery and sculpture in terra cotta, glazed in the maiolica style. Her work is inspired by the maiolica work of medieval Italy, especially the studio of Della Robbia, and carries on these ancient traditions in each of her pieces. Eileen teaches ceramics at the New Art Center in Newton, MA and at the Mudflat Pottery School in Somerville, MA. She is now devoting much of her time to “400 Bowls,” a new project that combines her love of ceramics and art education. 400 Bowls is an arts enrichment project taking place at Thompson Elementary School in Arlington, MA. Eileen and Melody Wolf Thomas (a fellow ceramicist and educator) are collaborating with teachers to develop workshops in which students participate in ceramic bowl making and glazing. The students will then donate one of their bowls to Arlington EATS to aid their Empty Bowls event in May! Keep up to date with this wonderful project at their website. Eileen put her A4A investment toward the purchase of a large-capacity, computerized kiln to increase production and create new collections of her functional pottery series. To see all of Eileen’s gorgeous work, head to her website.
Gemma Farrell is a ceramic artist based in Western MA. Gemma creates functional porcelain forms, such as bowls, plates, and mugs that feature distinctive hand-drawn illustrations. Gemma adorns her ceramic pieces with unique illustrations of human bones, teeth, organs, needles, pins, and scissors. She uses these subtle, minimalist designs in bold shades of red and black to create a modern aesthetic. Gemma currently works as a studio assistant for two ceramists, Laura Zindel and Molly Hatch, and is honing her business and artistic skills to expand her own functional and fine art ceramic start-up. Gemma plans to use her A4A funds to boost the online promotion of her ceramic pieces. To check out some of Gemma’s beautiful pottery, head to her Etsy!
Alice Mizrachi is a painter and teaching artist based in New York City. Alice creates figurative work reflecting her perspective of the social environment. She seeks to spread empathy through site-specific projects, murals, and paintings that give positive visual responses to social issues affecting neighborhood residents. Alice co-founded YOUNITY in 2006, a women’s art collective that has provided a professional platform for hundreds of women in the arts through exhibitions, panel discussions, mural productions, and youth workshops. Currently, she teaches with such organizations as Hi-ARTS, BRIC arts, Material For The Arts, and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Alice plans to use her A4A funds to make promotional materials and revamp her web presence! You can stay up to date with all of Alice’s inspiring projects on her website!
Juan Hinojosa is a mixed-media artist who currently lives and works in New York City. Juan’s collage-drawings are constructed from found objects and challenge greed, obsessive consumption, and social stratification in American culture. Juan has two upcoming exhibitions: He will be part of an upcoming group show at El Museo del Barrio curated by Rocio Aranda Alvarado, and he has been asked to create a site-specific installation in the galleries of Union College. Juan plans to use his A4A funds to build a stronger social media presence through an updated computer equipment and part-time studio assistant.
Aaron McBride is a musical artist living and working in New York City. Known as A-Thug or A-Thugga to his audiences, Aaron is a rap and hip hop artist with a mission to break up the monopolistic industry’s stranglehold on sound. He recently released a new track entitled “Baddie Queen” about the search to find his “ideal Baddie Queen.” This is the first single from his upcoming project “Rare Stone” coming this summer! Aaron is also the CEO of Megastar Brand, a marketing and promotional company that caters to independent music artists and small start-up businesses. Using his experience in marketing and branding his own music, he founded Megastar to offer quality promotional services at affordable rates. Megastar provide a unique platform for artists to market themselves through videography, photography, and the Megastar DVD Series which features interviews, promotional content, and videos. Aaron is using his A4A investment to grow and build his Megastar Brand. Check out Megastar at their website, and keep up with Aaron’s latest musical projects at his CDBaby.
Margot Rogers is a visual artist and co-founder of Wallpusher, a fine art start-up that designs and manufactures specialized guitars and accessories. Margot’s partner and collaborator, Matthew Rogers, founded the company out of a desire to see functionality, fine art, and innovation in the instrument industry. Wallpusher combines the sculptural with the industrial to make custom guitars out of reclaimed materials, leather accessories, and assorted pieces of art. Margot will use her A4A capital funds to expand and grow Wallpusher with new production and promotional materials. Check out all of Wallpusher’s products at their website and their Etsy!
Sung Jin Oh is an architect and visual artist based in New York City. He is the founder of WOhRKS, an innovative, idea-driven interdisciplinary design studio with place-making at its heart. WOhRKS explores the intersection of art and architecture with a belief that incorporating the work of local artists in architecture is a meaningful way to reconnect our quotidian experience with its context. Sung Jin’s studio seeks to transform ordinary property into a place for personal and collective landmarks, therefore invigorating everyday landscape. Currently, Sung Jin is working on forming “JIX LAB,” an experimental, collaborative design venture with JIX creator Patric Martiz. Together they plan to explore JIX [plastic straw construction system] in architectural scale and to create a design community who shares the same passion. Sung Jin will use his A4A funds to expand his architecture and design studio with larger office/studio space for additional staff members and new artwork production. Check out all of Sung Jin’s work at the WOhRKS website and JIX LAB website.
Well done, A4A artists! We wish you a bittersweet goodbye and we look forward to seeing what you create next!