We’re chock full of graduates this summer – another six artists in three of our program locations completed their A4A investment! Check out the second installment of our summer graduation series below and see what these fantastic artists are up to next. And stay tuned for part three tomorrow.
Jeremy Olson is a visual and performance artist living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. Jeremy’s work applies analytical methods to everyday materials and events in order to reflect on the dangers of reducing human existence to purely technical forms. His recent projects include an installation of an intricate network of threads that maps a social network alongside a video of the growth of an intelligent mold entitled Net Work. In addition to his visual art practice, Jeremy has spent the last four years as the Executive Director of Susan Marshall & Company, a major American contemporary dance company. Next month, Jeremy begins a residency at the NARS Foundation in Brooklyn where he will embark on a new series of work about the relationship between humans and insects. Jeremy plans to use his A4A funds toward a variety of important expenses, including supplies for performances, residency fees, and equipment purchases. Keep up with Jeremy’s latest work at his website!
Dora Szeleky is a Rhode Island-based jewelry designer and the creative power behind Liv & Lov. Dora creates original designs that are all handcrafted from recycled sterling silver and gold. Dora’s work promotes traceability and accountability for jewelry material. She hopes that her pieces will remind the wearer to think positively and raise awareness towards positive changes in the precious metal and gemstone industry. Dora is directly involved with extractive industry campaigns such as No Dirty Gold and Ethical Metalsmiths, and is she is the creator of The Silver Soldiers Initiative. In the past year, Dora launched a new website (including a new catalog of designs!), and acquired a shared studio space. Dora plans to use her A4A funds to help offset costs of her recent product expansion and participation in wholesale trade shows. Check out all of Dora’s fabulous, sustainable jewelry at her website!
Raul Valverde is a multimedia visual artist living and working in New York City. Raul’s art explores and develops new perspectives in contemporary culture through a range of media: photography, video, sculpture, drawing, editorial design, and artist books. Raul is a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the Fine Arts Department. In the coming year, Raul expects to produce and organize a new solo exhibition with a publication and printed art edition. Raul plans to use his A4A investment to rent a new studio space in order to showcase and promote his artwork. This new space will also be crucial for marketing and networking events. Keep up with all of Raul’s projects at his website.
Maria Millar is a New York City-based musician and one part of the creative power behind Sonic Escape, a classical/world music group that tours the United States and Canada. Sonic Escape combines music, activism and community engagement to create a lasting movement in the arts. This summer, Sonic Escape will embark on Four Seasons Rising, a community-focused initiative that tackles the subject of climate change through stimulating activities and performances. The project will include concerts, panel discussions, neighborhood clean-ups, musical jam sessions, hikes, letter-writing parties, and informational sessions. Maria will be putting her A4A funds toward audio & photography equipment, travel expenses, and marketing services for this dynamic project. Be sure to keep up with Sonic Escape and see if they are visiting a city near you!
Dara Cheek is a jewelry and metalsmith artist based in Boston, MA. Dara is the creative power behind Hieropiece, a handmade jewelry and home décor brand featuring nature-inspired pieces with a global influence. In addition to her standard collection of jewelry pieces (including a wonderful variety of terrarium necklaces, pictured left), Dara also creates one-of-a-kind and custom-made pieces. Hieropiece pieces are sold online and in brick-and-mortar shops throughout the New England area. Dara plans to put her A4A funds toward new promotional materials and online marketing, as well as hiring an additional staff member to her team! To see all of Dara’s fabulous work, head to her website and her Etsy.
Rachelle Mozman is a Brooklyn-based artist who currently makes work between NYC and Panama. Working in photography and video, Rachelle’s practice intersects documentary and narrative tendencies. Rachelle is fascinated with ideas of ethnography as well as economics and her work engages themes around family, class and identity. This past year, Rachelle exhibited her new series Portraiture Now: Staging the Self at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Upcoming, Rachelle will be showing her work at the Americas Society in New York City and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. With her A4A capital, Rachelle plans to upgrade her website – which you can view here to see her collection of work.
Congratulations, artists! And best of luck on your future endeavors; we can’t wait to see what’s next!