This class will serve as an application writing intensive for artists pursuing residencies, grants, fellowships, graduate school and/or presentation opportunities. Students will learn to write an effective artist statement, project proposal, biography, and CV, and organize their portfolio and image lists. A successful application starts with knowing yourself, your work, and your goals and communicating them clearly. After discussing the components and purpose of each part of an application, we will workshop in progress writing as a group. At the end of the class, students will have the essential documents ready to customize for any application. Students are encouraged to come to the course with a specific upcoming application in mind.
Rooted in a connection to place and material explorations, Oakland based interdisciplinary artist Alex Arzt facilitates connections between human and nonhuman spaces by creating projects in the form of publications, interactive objects, workshops, group performances, lectures, videos, and experimental gardens. From 2018-2021, she was an Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. She runs a Risograph press called A Magic Mountain, and her publishing projects are in the collections of libraries such as Stanford, Getty Research Institute, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2018, she was awarded grants from The Puffin Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation towards the completion of The Positions and Situations Project book series. She earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and has since attended residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, PLAYA Summer Lake, Hambidge Center, A-Z West, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mildred’s Lane, and This Will Take Time. She has taught at UC Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, and VCU.View Gallery »