By Bernie Petit
Here’s a statistic for you:
More than two-thirds of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents believe that individual artists contribute to our community’s quality of life, according to a 2015 Urban Institute Cultural Life in Mecklenburg County Survey.
Count us among the two-thirds here at ASC.
A strong community of individual artists is critical to the success of our cultural community. It is one of the main reasons why ASC is currently offering three opportunities for creative individuals that live and work in the 11-county greater Charlotte region to further their artistic development and engagement.
Here’s a look at the programs and how they have already benefited three local artists.
“One issue you run into as an artist is networking”
ArtPop showcases the work of local artists on billboards across the Charlotte region through an ASC partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising. Here is 2015 ArtPop artist Jason Woodberry’s take on how the program has helped his career.
Being a part of ArtPop has been an extremely beneficial experience, especially for a young artist such as me. The one issue you run into as an artist is networking, not just with other artists but people that are established and educated in the art business. Through ArtPop, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting individuals who have won numerous grants, toured internationally, even gallery owners. The insight is priceless.
There is also a personal sense of accomplishment. Anytime I discuss my art with someone and they see the “Dark Matter” image (featured on Woodberry’s ArtPop billboard) I always get the reaction of “Wow! I’ve seen that! That’s you?”
Just to know that every day your art is being seen by someone – talk about branding.
Connecting to patrons and peers
ASC’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program supports artists in the creation and promotion of new work and establishes relationships between the artists and local collectors and patrons. Micah Cash, a 2015 CSA artist, details what he took from his participation in the program.
The Community Supported Art Program provided an opportunity to create a new body of work that remained true to my conceptual focus. I had many opportunities to speak to patrons and answer questions about my work, process, and studio practice.
In addition, the CSA program allowed me to build lasting relationships with collectors and peers.
This local artist is “All Shook Up”
Regional Artist Project Grants provide an award for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to attend a professional development experience or purchase/rent a piece of equipment. Here’s how a 2015 RAPG has benefitted recipient Caroline Coolidge Brown.
Thanks to an ASC Regional Artist Project Grant, I am now the proud owner of Elvis, a tabletop printing press perfect for printing linoleum, intaglio and monotype plates. The press allows me to print much larger plates than ever before. I’m working full-swing in this medium and am busy creating a series of botanical prints that will be featured in a Ciel Gallery exhibit in November.
The grant has also:
- Inspired me to take a class at CPCC to hone my printmaking skills
- Connected me to other printmaking artists
- Fostered experimentation with monoprints
- Provided me professional recognition as a valued artist in Charlotte
- Brought a new spark to my studio practice!
As Elvis would say, “Thank ’ya very much!”
Are You an Artist Who Wants to Apply for One or More of These Opportunities?
Local and regional artists are invited to apply for the 2016 ArtPop and Community Supported Art programs, as well as for a 2016 Regional Artist Project Grant. All three calls are open to artists that live and work in Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Union or York (S.C.).
For more information or to apply, visit one of the following links: