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Part of the Professional Development series, this intensive day-long workshop is a road map as well as a “how to” nuts and bolts journey for writing artist statements. Turning visual artists into a collaborative “writing group”, we will workshop the fundamentals of how to write compelling, informative, authentically-toned artist statements. We will discuss strategies for successfully writing about your art with confidence, clarity and appreciation for audience while banishing collective anxieties visual artists often have around writing. Participants will brainstorm, inspire and actively workshop their statements in an open and non-judgmental environment. We all start with the same “blank” piece of paper and are awed yet inspired by the act of writing!
Ultimately the goal of the workshop is to develop keen insights and perceptions about the act of writing about your work, gleaned from diverse examples and engagement with common Q & A’s about art writing. By the end of the day, a working draft of your statement along with a newly forged confidence and appreciation in your own voice and vision put into words will emerge, no matter what your career aspirations are. Judy’s parting gift will be a comprehensive resource packet of informative examples, readings and insights to inspire, encourage and inform long after the workshop ends.
Judy Natal is a Chicago-based artist and photography professor at Columbia College Chicago. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited internationally and are in permanent collections around the world. An Archive of her papers, lectures, writings, research and photographs has been established at The Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art and she has received numerous commissions, grants and fellowships including Fulbright Travel Grant, Illinois Arts Council, Polaroid Grants and New York Foundation for the Arts Photography Fellowships. Author of EarthWords and Neon Boneyard Las Vegas A-Z, Natal’s photographs explores the language of landscape and the visual and textual narratives they hold. She has been awarded many artist residencies that have taken her to Iceland, the Robotics Institute, Joshua Tree National Park and Biosphere 2. Most recently she is working on a project about the weather and global warming while in residence in the Faroe Islands. Natal, as an artist and educator who writes, has been publishing photo book reviews for over 35 years for Choice magazine, and since 1997 has taught aspiring artists how to write at Columbia College Chicago.
Workshop Presented by: Judy Natal
Date: Saturday May 20, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $175 Member / $225 Non-Member
Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207