Well, folks, we’ve been busy. So have the artists in our Matched Savings Program. Since our last Graduation Post (in July 2015, eek) more than 20 artists in four states have graduated from A4A. Now, with the help of our fabulous new intern Sam Bedell, we’re finally catching up on the press those hard-working artists deserve.
Read on for our first batch of artist graduations since last summer…. And look for a second installment next week!
Carlos Vela-Prado is multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Carlos works in fine and conceptual art, photography, sculpture, and film – all with the goal of transforming the human experience while reconfiguring found objects and technologies to create an alternate narrative. His work expands upon the forgotten realities of the world like memory, the unconscious, and lost communication. Carlos’ work was recently shown in a group photography exhibition in Bologna, Italy. With his A4A funds, Carlos will invest in an independent work environment free from outside expenditure. Keep up with Carlos’ latest works on his website!
Based in New York City, Jaime Puerta is a hands-on storyteller whose cinematic work includes directing, acting, editing, and producing. His production company, A Films, is dedicated to creating a bridge between the United States, Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries. A Films has allowed Jaime to develop an authentic, collaborative, and comprehensive stage for film production and projects. With his A4A funds, Jaime wants to produce and develop a variety of stories including commercial, fictional, music videos, documentaries, and online media. Check out Jamie’s website to see his works!
Sarah Tortora is a sculptor who relocated to North Adams from Guilford, CT to participate in A4A’s North Adams Project. The sculptures Sarah creates are influenced by art history and utilitarian fixtures (among other ideas) and lie in a gray area between the functional and abstract. Sarah runs Tortora Studio, a relatively new endeavor for herself, and wants to produce unique works of fine art and sculpture with her A4A funds. Keep up with Sarah’s latest projects on her website!
Kristal Romano is a jewelry and metalsmith artist who relocated to North Adams from New Jersey as part of the North Adams Project. The pieces Kristal makes are wearable sculptures of precious metals combined with day-to-day objects like Monopoly pieces or credit cards. Kristal remarks: “Humor is an important element in my work and I enjoy getting the viewer to laugh, smile, or play with the work even while addressing more serious subject matters.” With her A4A funds, Kristal plans to expand each of her business ventures including creating custom work, selling her work, and teaching. To see Kristal’s work, check out her website!
Gordon Moss is a Rhode Island artist whose business, Functional Aesthetic Design+Build, makes custom interiors and furniture for clients. Gordon’s work fuses his architecture background with an ethic of craftsmanship… and his fascination with mad science. Gordon plans to use his A4A funds toward creating a line of chairs that follow the natural curvature of a person’s spine. The chair design will be adjustable and allow almost anyone to sit with maximum comfort. To see Gordon’s chairs and his other projects, check out his website!