At long last, the final installment of our summer graduation series! Five artists across three states have invested their A4A funds and are ready to begin their next adventure. Check out these amazing artists below and see what they’re up to next!
Nora Rabins is a Rhode Island-based visual artist and founder of the new business Machine Mother. As the name implies, Machine Mother seeks to make any home more functional (Machine) and more comfortable (Mother) through an innovative line of products for the home and inhabitants. Each product puts a unique spin on the ordinary while staying simple and accessible to users of any age. The designs retain an awareness of their role as things that are “designed” for the public, and they distinctly and cheekily refer to their own purposes. Nora plans to use her A4A funds to assist with start-up costs for Machine Mother’s initial product line. Nora expects to launch her Machine Mother website soon, so keep an eye on her personal website for updates!
General Lee is a New York City-based artist who specializes in music recording and production services. His company, Yonkers Collective LLC, is owned and directed by General and his brother, who have always dreamed of working in the music industry. Yonkers Collective (Y.O.C.) offers high quality recordings, music production, video editing, graphic design, and an apparel collection. Y.O.C. seeks to offer a full record-label experience and guidance through artist support and cultivation within the urban culture at an affordable price. With the help of General’s A4A funds, Y.O.C. will expand into a new studio space to accommodate new clientele and increased service demands. For more about General, head to his SoundCloud!
Kris Badertscher is a media artist based in Northampton, MA, and the creative force behind Kbest Productions, a small video production company making evocative and elegant visual stories for the web. Kris uses her background in journalism, media, and design to craft visually rich, distinctive videos that authentically convey the expertise people bring to their line of work. Her clients range from solo entrepreneurs to non-profits — and for the last three years she has been working on short format artist documentaries for a variety of art outlets: museums, exhibits, collectors, and curators. Renowned for her comfortable demeanor and careful consideration of her clients’ concerns, goals, and intent, Kris hopes to expand her creative enterprise with her A4A capital in order to establish a larger production company. Check out Kris’s website and take a peek at some of her work here!
Sarah Pierce is a Boston-based visual artist. Sarah works in a variety of mediums, specializing in sculpture and metalwork. Sarah makes a wide variety of products including jewelry, costumes, prints, clothing, sculpture, kinetic machines, tattoos, and masks! When she isn’t creating all these fabulous items, Sarah teaches classes for adults, kids, teens, and college-aged students interested in exploring new media, solving interesting problems, learning new artistic skills, and applying personal goals towards a vision. She teaches in-house classes, traveling lesson plans, individual consulting, and private lessons. With her A4A funds Sarah will be able to procure new tools to expand her classes and enhance her students’ experience! Check out Sarah’s website to keep up with her latest projects and available classes.
Beth Brandon is a visual artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Beth works in a variety of mediums including graphic design, drawing, and printmaking. Stylistically, her work is based around quiet, minimalist repetitive gestures that lend themselves to pattern-making. In her current work, the patterns are data-driven, based in personal topography. She frequently references ecology, geology, agronomy, and physics, examining science and mysticism as parallel and complementary systems for decoding and managing surroundings. In addition to her fine art practice (including prints, artist books, and installations), Beth sells handmade products such as home textiles, printed journals, and wall-coverings. Her work has been displayed and sold in galleries, zines, and artist books, on posters, hats, and t-shirts, and in online and brick-and-mortar retailers, across the United States and internationally. Beth will use her A4A investment to expand her product line and her production staff! Check out all of Beth’s work at her Etsy and her website.
We bid you a bittersweet farewell, artists! You have been a wonderful addition to our program, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!