Marci Marsden is a Portland based artist. Her earliest creative expression was modern dance, but when diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 19, she was forced to find other outlets to explore her creative spirit. She spent time with working in clay, she co-designed furniture pieces along side her ex husband. She also designed and made one off fashion pieces using vintage fabric.
But it wasn’t until deep challenges that she came to painting. In the last several years her autoimmune disease began to have physical manifestation resulting in many surgeries and in turn limiting the use of her hands. It can be challenging some days, to open jars or button her coat. But the one thing that it has not taken from her is her creativity. In a lot of ways it has actually brought her back to her art. No matter the limitations She have physically , her creativity remains in tact. And in a many ways it has been strengthened. Through these challenges and changing landscape that life is full of, It is the one constant thread.
Victoria Mitchell is a Canadian-based artists. In her early twenties creative projects included commission paintings, sketch design planning, and fashion illustration. Then in 1993 she shifted her focus to physical bodywork, which led to a 22 year career as a Registered Massage Therapist.
In recent years, and as a result of conversations with her ill father and the creation of a home art studio she returned to seriously pursing her passion in abstract/representational mixed media art. She began showing her paintings again in 2017 and she has not looked back since.
Kelly Joy Ladd converts obstacles into opportunities through paper. Combining her admiration for understanding the universe and self, Ladd explores connections between space, time and our many roles within it.
In this episode Sergio shares a live broadcast recording where he explains 6 strategies to talk about your art with greater impact.
Community Engagement in the Arts with Laura Sievert and Joi Cuartero of Quincy, IL.
Laura Sievert is Executive Director of Arts Quincy, America’s First Arts Council.
Joi Cuartero is Marketing & Communications director for Great River Economic Development Foundation
Imagine if the famous artists of the past had access to Instagram! In this week's episode of the Artist Next Level Podcast, I have the opportunity to chat with artist Laurence de Valmy. She is known for her paintings featuring Instagram posts from artists of historical significance.
Laurence de Valmy is a French born artist, who lives and works in Philadelphia area. She studied art both in France and in the USA. At first, she pursued a career in business in parallel of her artwork and has been a full time artist since 2015.
Her current work titledPOST series, depicts fictional Instagram Posts of the past of famous artists and invites us to reflect on the links between artists through times and the relationship between Art and social media today.
The artist combines her knowledge in art history and her skills in painting to appropriate iconic artworks and share their stories. Each artwork, created with acrylic, is a clever juxtaposition of an original painting and an imagined conversation historically accurate yet humorous.
Phil Irish makes paintings that are both fierce and beautiful. He is known for cutting paintings into fragments, and installing those pieces to make architecturally scaled collages that engage your senses and your mind.
Ontario artist, Phil Irish, has taken some dramatic turns in his creative practice. Very much a painter, he began to scale up his work to an immersive scale. Creating painterly collages that interact with architecture has opened up new opportunities and collaborations. These shifts have also involved rethinking business aspects of his work, from venues to funding. With the ecological and spiritual themes that underlie his work, artist residencies have also been a critical research opportunities - including the Banff Centre and on an arctic icebreaker.
Phil Irish holds degrees from York (MFA) and Guelph (BA). His work has been shown at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries across Canada, and in touring group exhibitions in the USA.
Juan de Lascurain is an artist/designer from Mexico City. Six years ago while sitting at a table he picked up a black marker and a pen and did his first painting without realizing that it would change his life forever. A few days later a lady saw it and asked him if he was an artist.
He had never painted anything in his life, he spent his youth playing tennis and competing in triathlons around the world. Today, his commercial brand called Dream Big is being commerialized around the world and he continues to paint. He has participated in numerous biennals, solo exhibits and just started to get invited to paint murals in Colombia and France.
Some of his collaborations include companies like, Emaux de Longwy, Cultural department of Monterrey Mexico, Cultural department of Cali, Colombia, Museo Diego Rivera, Art Basel, Tuuci company and others.
In this episode, I share my guest appearance with Luis Martin, host of Studio Confessions Podcast. We talked about joy, happiness, family and hustle in the life of the artist. Take a listen and share with your friends.
What does it take to be an artist? Adaptation may be a good word. In this episode, Sergio and Chicago-based Jaime Foster talk about life, pets, family and the hustle life of an artist. Jaime shares her story and figuring out how to combine passions with the causes we care about.
FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in the medium of encaustic. A method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.
Do you have trouble coming up with content ideas for Instagram? Are you running out of ideas what to post? Look no further. In today's episode, Sergio shares 20 Instagram Post Ideas to Try Next. Check out Sergio's new online course Social Media Skills for Artists to Grow Your Audience and Get Results in 2019. Visit http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/socialmedia
Are you having trouble catching up with all things social media? Do you feel like you just have no time to manage all your content? Maybe you just cannot seem to be able to grow your Instagram account. This episode is for YOU!
Social Media Course: http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/socialmedia
As we get started with the new year, have you taken the time to plan and THINK about the new year? In this episode I talk about planning and spending time thinking for the new year. This is an episode you do not want to miss.
Every year, I take time in my schedule to visit Art Basel Miami Beach and many of the other art fairs gather in Miami for that week. Everything from shows, art, people and more, Art Basel is a destination for thousands of people in the art world. In this episode, I chat with art expert Ruth Crnkovich and I share tips to visit Art Basel on a small budget.
I spent 25 minutes with artist and writer Sarah Opat talking about writing about art. This is something she is super passionate about. In the episode we discuss why artists should have their work written about and documented in their careers.
In this episode Sergio talks about one strategy to adopt when looking for international opportunities for your art. In 2018, Sergio was subject of four solo museum shows in three different countries. He talks about what it takes and one specific strategy that will help you get outside of your country and into the world.
Twisted Oyster is an annual theme-based and socially conscious festival showcasing stories and works of human interest. At the core of the festival lies community engagement and social inclusion with a mission to place a spotlight on stories of human interest across a broad range of social issues, through the curation of films and time-based media artworks.
Twisted Oyster is a unique festival in Chicago where film and art intersect in a dual program exhibition. The works created by culturally diverse artists and filmmakers from around the world open doors to stories that engage the public into an in-depth experience of human tales and narratives. Every year, the festival selects a number of works created with the use of advanced digital technologies or electronics to create provocative installations, while films are selected by a jury panel of artists, filmmakers and writers.
The festival’s dual program offers an opportunity to experience local and international short, feature, fiction, experimental, documentary films, and animation, plus a time-based art exhibition that includes small and large installations and performance for an immersive sensorial experience.
Twisted Oyster hosts lectures, presentations and invites high school- and community college-level artists to show their films or video artworks.
In this episode I have a great chat with the brand new art space Satellite - Chicago in the eve of their debut opening their space to the public. This group of four young emerging artists and creatives share their experiences and challenges with collaborating with one another.
Satellite Chicago is a co-operatively run artists space for performative, interactive and installation-based art. Founded around the thesis that the monoculture of economic rationality does not allow for the collective imagination of new social/organizational projects.
Our mission is to: Activate the art exhibition space as a tool for producing disruptive sensorial experiences that estrange socio-spatial contexts from codified etiquettes.
November is the perfect time to take a minute to evaluate your art career and start planning for the next year. Often we wait till January to plan ahead. Understanding how you used your time and the results you got will help you strategize for success in the new year. This episode will help you look at the areas of marketing, sales, organization, productivity and wellness.art
Sometimes you need a break from an art project or an activity you may be currently doing. Giving yourself permission to stop is the first step in moving to a happier place.
Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He also saw the traveling shows, and was influenced by the master painters and Impressionist shows.
He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.
In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society's Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of "Springtime Flowers" which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery. In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a public art “horse of honor”. Each horse was dedicated to a Chicago police officer who was killed or injured in the line of duty. The exhibit featured life size statues of Chicago mounted patrol units that were each artistically designed by local Chicago artists. The exhibit benefited the Chicago memorial foundation. In 2017 he was commissioned to paint a public art “K9” statue. Each K9 statue was of K9 officers. Fred created a Chicago Blackhawks themed K9 that was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks team. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there.
His painting "Cliffside View of Vernazza" was a finalist in the May Art Muse Contest. And his painting "Gliding Gondola" was a finalist in the January Art Muse Contest.
Over the years, he has done painting demonstrations for Friendship Village, taught oil painting at Art Cube Studios, and taught a workshop at the Elmhurst Art Guild about the use of computers by artists. Fred is now working on paintings of National Parks.
Mentorly was Co-founded by artist-entrepreneurs, Ashley Werhun, professional dancer formerly with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and Katherine Macnaughton, Filmmaker and Co-founder of Bis Films. Both are working artists with 20 years combined professional experience.
Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.
their mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.
As working artists, Mentorly’s co-founders united over a common pain point. On one hand, Ashley, would receive hundreds of informal requests for advice that would clog up her Facebook messenger and Instagram inbox. As much as she wanted to help these aspiring dancers, the channel seemed too informal and inefficiently setup for providing thoughtful guidance. She noticed that this happened to the artists around her and wondered if it was a problem that crossed industries - it was.
Katherine, however, experienced the gap from a different perspective. “Founding a video production company right out of school and building it for the following 8 years was extremely rewarding, but also isolating at times. I often felt I missed out on the opportunity to build a network of peers and more importantly, experienced and like-minded professionals that I could look up to for guidance. What I really needed was a mentor.”
Both set out to fill this gap by building a platform that would foster creative exchanges and overall unite and strengthen the art community. After speaking with hundreds of artists who expressed the same pain points, the gap became achingly apparent: artists are hard-pressed to find guidance that can help steer their careers, develop and sharpen skills, and build confidence. This led to an urgent call to action: to provide direct access to mentors in one stroke and Mentorly was the timely solution. Since launch, the feedback has been resoundingly positive with many users asking us why this platform hasn’t existed sooner!
Mentorship is essential to growth, though it is often informal and inaccessible to most. It’s difficult to find a mentor in any profession, not just the arts. Universities feel this gap every day. They have experienced alumni that want to give back to their alma mater and enrolled students but they don’t live in the same city and are most often only solicited for donations. Students, however, attend that school because of their respected programs and resulting successful alumni. They aspire to be like them, but are currently disconnected from past graduates. The task of bringing them together and guiding these young minds is often left to a handful of staff who are already doing a million other things. By streamlining mentorship, Mentorly adds value to any university or organization. Mentorly, most recently is working with MIT!
“Finally something truly helpful in the world of art education and an opening gate & path to realizing a dream for many more creative people! (...) Linking people who want to learn with the people who have paid their dues and achieved a measure of success in their discipline has been rare and often extremely expensive. You are changing that!” - Barbara Rogers