Wed., December 12, 2012, 7-10 pm
Beginning October 31, 2012, Project Row Houses will offer a series of free professional development workshops for practicing artists. Led by Houston-based arts professionals the workshops are open to both emerging and established artists. The workshops are geared towards those who wish to hone their skills and receive some guidance with professionalizing their practice.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Writing Your Bio, CV and Artist Statement
Workshop leader: Sally Frater
This workshop will guide participants through the steps of drafting their artist biography, CV and artist statement. The session will review what type of information should be included in these documents and how they can be used to communicate crucial information about artists and their practices. Participants should come to the workshop with a printed copy of their CV and a printed rough outline of their artist statement.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012,7:00 – 9:00 pm
Writing A Proposal
Workshop leader: Sally Frater
This workshop will walk participants through the steps of preparing an application for an artist residency, exhibition in a public gallery or commercial gallery. The session will review the differences between different types of institutions and participants will receive helpful hints on drafting a letter of introduction, choosing a suitable gallery for submitting a proposal to, selecting images of their work to include in a submission and suggestions as to what other support materials should be included in their application.
Monday, November 12th, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Writing a Grant Application
Workshop leader: Sally Frater
This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the basics of grant writing. Using the Houston Arts Alliance individual artist grant as a model, the session will review how to prepare a grant application, including how to draft a statement of intent and suggestions for which support materials should be included and how they should be formatted. This session will likely be helpful for participants who are considering submitting a grant application for the Houston Arts Alliance’s December 15th deadline but will also cover basic dos and don’ts that can be applied to any grant application.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Promoting Your Work/Delivering an Artist Talk
Workshop leaders: Tonya Bradley/Sally Frater
This workshop will provide participants with a variety of methods to generate interest in their work. This first half of the workshop will discuss the multiple ways in which participants can enlist various forms of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and mailing lists to communicate with others about one’s artistic practice. The second half of this session will review different approaches to presenting an artist talk including format, length and tips for public speaking.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Documenting Your Work
Workshop leader: Senalka McDonald
In this session participants will be provided with an introduction to art documentation. Participants will receive helpful hints in order to learn how to photograph and present their work to juries, submission committees and applications in the best way possible. The session will cover topics such as lighting and basic Photoshop.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Reviewers: Danielle Burns, Dean Daderko, Sally Frater
Artists will have the opportunity to have their work reviewed by a Houston-based curator in a 15-minute session. Participants should come to the session prepared to discuss their practice and should bring examples of their work in a portfolio, on a flash drive, CD or DVD disc and should bring no more than 15 images/ examples of their work with them. Prior registration is required and participants are expected to arrive to their scheduled session on time.
WORKSHOP LEADER BIOS:
Sally Frater is an independent curator and writer. She holds an Honors BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph and an MA (with Distinction) in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. In her curatorial practice she is interested in exploring issues of identity, history, memory, environmental criticism as well as issues of representation and equity in gallery and museum practices. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council and has served on juries for the Ontario Arts Council, and the Houston Arts Alliance. A member of IKT and ICI (Independent Curators International) she is currently a Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the artist-in residence at Project Row Houses, Houston.
Tonya D. Bradley is a visionary entrepreneur that started her first business in 1997 while raising 3 young children. After spending over 19 years in the work force, working her way to the top of a major oil & gas corporation, she realized that she didn’t have the will or desire to work towards anything that wasn’t directly aligned with her passions. Now, she diligently works toward fulfilling her dreams and assisting others with reaching their business aspirations. She has become a consultant and independent contractor for small to mid-sized businesses and organizations – assisting with anything from development to marketing. She is currently the owner of Coy Creations, Essential Effects Marketing & Promotions and T.Bradley Consulting. She serves as the Director of Social Media Services for Our Image Film & Arts, as well as the Communications & Marketing Manager for Project Row Houses.
Senalka McDonald uses humor to investigate the unheimlich in her work. Prior to her acceptance to the Core Residency Program with the Glassell School of Art, McDonald was a participant in the Austin Project (Austin, TX) and ROOTED (Austin, TX) residencies. Recent selected exhibitions include John Baldessari: Class Assignments (Optional) (San Francisco, CA), Queer State(s) (Austin, TX) and Home After Dark (San Francisco, CA). McDonald is a recent graduate of the MFA program at California College of the Arts, where she received full Graduate Merit and Diversity fellowships, along with Murphy Cadogan fellowships. She received Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Cultural Geography from the University of Texas at Austin (2006). She currently resides in Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California.
As the recently-appointed Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Dean Daderko’s first exhibition, It is what it is. Or is it? considered the legacy of Duchamp’s readymade as the form nears its 100th anniversary. Daderko has organized exhibitions and programs for Artists’ Space, Art in General, Visual AIDS, and The Kitchen in New York; Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and the Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the French American Cultural Exchange and has taught and lectured at Yale University, Cooper Union, and M.I.T. Daderko’s writing has appeared in publications by the Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, Rutgers University and the Americas’ Society.
Danielle Burns is curator of special exhibitions at both the African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) in Houston, TX. She is an adjunct professor of art history and art appreciation at Lone Star College-North Harris Campus. She received her B.A. in history and political science from Prairie View A & M University, and her M.A. in art history from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Burns has also worked at the Allen Sheppard Gallery in NYC and the Saint Louis Art Museum where she was the distinguished Saint Louis Art Museums Romare Bearden Fellow 2008-2009. Other fellowships include the Mickey Leland International Enhancement Fellow where she studied contemporary East African art at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.