Back to Work, Upcoming Exhibitions, Grant Applications, and New Work – Whew!

It’s been a wild month for me as my primary source of income, as in my job as gallery director/asst. prof at Morehead State University, has started once again.  It’s amazing to think that I’ve been here for NINE years now (this is the point in which people say to you, “nine years, really?, nine years?!?!?!).  Yes, I have had other job offers, people, and have actually elected to stay here.  This when the next “really?!?!” is uttered!

Here’s the image of the poster for our first show, The Shape of Things.  It opened last night, and one of the artists (Analia Segal) came in from Brooklyn to install her work.

Shape of Things Exhibition Poster

Shape of Things Exhibition Poster

I’ve also been busy making and entering shows, and have actually had a bout of good news lately!  I will be showing in Fiber Focus 2009 @ Art St. Louis as part of the citywide Innovations  in Textiles event in September/October, as well as Mirando Al Sur – Looking South at WomanMade Gallery in Chicago in October/November.  This summer I will be exhibiting at Bead+Fiber Gallery in Boston, Mass., and will probably be teaching a master class there as well.  So, I have no complaints in the exhibition category!

Even though I am trying to reign in the workshops for this fall, I’m excited to be teaching two in September – Shrink Art @ Byzantium Beads in Columbus, OH, and Professional Presentation for the Artist in Lexington at Mary Rezny’s (photographer) Studio in Lexington hosted by the Kentucky Women Photographers Network.  This is a day long workshop where I teach the basics of being an exhibiting artist – covering everything from artist statements to portfolios to gallery relationships and shipping, framing, pricing art, and on and on!!!  I should name it “Everything I should have learned in art school but was never taught”!

I could say I “love” writing grants, but I’d be lying.  However, it’s good writing practice, helps you focus in on the purpose and description of your work, and sometimes gets you money.  This is, after all, how I can afford to travel at all (grants have paid my way to Germany, France, Italy, New York, DC, and, yes, charming Baltimore).  So, I am in the midst of writing yet another one, and here’s hoping something comes of it!  This one is to fund a series of Appalachian “pastorals” I’d like to work on, in the media of embellished textiles.

Finally, here’s some new work I’ve been trying to crank out:

Appalachian Altar: Communion (in progress)

Appalachian Altar: Communion (in progress)

Mother Meta, Embellished Textile Assemblage, 2009

Mother Meta, Embellished Textile Assemblage, 2009

Mother Meta, 2009, Embellished Textile Assemblage (detail)

Mother Meta, 2009, Embellished Textile Assemblage (detail)

I’m really excited about the Mother Meta piece because it’s the first time since the Supply & Demand artwork that I’ve begun incorporating painted imagery in the work.  The dress is acrylic on primed canvas that I painted, cut out, and raw appliqued down onto the background.

Keep posted for more new work upcoming!

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