This is a kind of good news/bad news situation, but I’m hoping to be able to make it an all good news thing.
First, I’m very excited about the good news: I’ve been accepted to do an artist’s residency at Vermont Studio Center in October. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend 4 weeks in total art-making immersion, surrounded by creative artists and writers, with no outside distractions, and be able to focus completely on my creative practice and expanding a new body of work.
The bad news: I didn’t get the fellowship I applied for. This means the cost of the residency itself is completely my responsibility. At first I didn’t think I would be able to do it, but I did manage to get a bit of scholarship & work study grant money. I still need to come up with the rest of the money for the residency itself (which is now on my credit card) as well as travel expenses.
As always, I’m a bit behind the curve. Had I not waited so long to figure out what to do, I would have researched Kickstarter and possibly been able to fund it that way. Just Google “Vermont Studio Center Kickstarter” to see how many people have been successful in doing this. I don’t think that’s feasible for me now because of the limited amount of time I have at this point, but if anyone out there has done one and has any advice, I’m all ears.
What I’ve decided to do instead is hold a studio sale to accomplish two things: Raise money for the residency and clear out some older work that isn’t part of my current practice. I hemmed and hawed about this for a long time, as there are many strategic aspects to consider when selling from your web site. Many of you will be familiar with the ongoing debate concerning whether it helps or hurts your chances of gallery sales, whether discounting your prices hurts your image, among other things. I’m not here to get into all of that, although please feel free to comment below with your opinions on the matter. At this point, I’m only including these older works in the sale.
There are two pages:
I’ll be adding more items in the coming days. I hope you’ll take a look. Thank you!