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Behind Artist Applications: Workshop

April 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free – $75

This is a sliding scale virtual workshop on writing towards artist applications. Workshops are intended to prioritize students and emerging artists/educators.

Language has agency. As artists, we’re often asked to condense the language around our work to fit into character limits for applications. In our writing and editing towards these apps, how do we make certain to choose our words economically while not having to sacrifice our poetics? The first half of this 90-minute workshop will focus on defining and crafting strong approaches to different writing prompts (i.e. artist statements, cover letters, image notes, etc…). For the second half, participants will be encouraged to bring a short piece of writing of their choosing to collaboratively workshop with the group into a statement that is 300 words or less.

Spots are very limited, so reserve your space now!



About The Series

This workshop is a part of Behind the Curtain, a topical virtual program series that aims to demystify the varied institutions that artists have to navigate. This month’s series focuses on the academic teaching and hiring process.

It’s no secret that applying to teaching positions in academia is confusing, exhausting, and time consuming for artists. What are panelists looking for? What makes a strong artist statement or teaching portfolio? More often than not, it’s a trial and error process for recent graduates and new educators that feels equal parts mystifying and frustrating.

The series will kick off with a free virtual panel discussion about the current challenges and realities of academia for artists as we talk to Breanne Trammell, Abigail Lucien, Nicole Killian, and Hồng-Ân Trương who are educators + artists in varying stages of their professional practices and teaching careers.


Abigail Lucien

Abigail Lucien (b. 1992) is a Haitian-American artist working in sculpture, time-based media, and language. Their practice looks at ways cultural identities and inherited colonial structures transmit to the body and psyche by challenging systems of assimilation through material. Lucien was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, is a recipient of a 2021 VMFA Fellowship and a 2020 Harpo Emerging Artist Fellow. Their work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as SculptureCenter (NY), MoMA PS1 (Long Island City, NY), MAC Panamá (Panamá), Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), UICA (Grand Rapids, MI), and The Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Raised in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti and the northeast coast of Florida, Lucien is currently based in Baltimore, MD where they are a full-time faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Sculpture dept at the Maryland Institute College of Art.


April 14, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $75
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