How to Be Online: Professional Practice for Visual Artists

Ward Long
4 Sessions »Mondays, October 5- October 26

5:00-6:30pm | Online | $100

The internet! It’s a way to connect with strangers and share your artwork with the world, but it’s also a utopia-turned-shallow-hellscape designed to entertain you to death. This course was designed before the pandemic, but the core question of online existence remains the same: how can you use it to promote your art without trapping your mind in a loop of self-conscious anxiety? This four session workshop will cover the following topics: how to build a website that actually makes your art look good, how to be on other people’s websites, how to have a useful, performative, and non-poisonous relationship social media, and how to be offline.

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Ward Long is photographer living in Oakland, California. He received his MFA in Photography at the University of Hartford in 2015, and his undergraduate degree at Davidson College.

His pictures describe loss, people, and landscape, and the way all three are inexorably linked by memory. Combining literary precision and cinematic sweep, his projects blend personal storytelling with documentary realism. Much of his work takes shape as handmade books; recent titles have centered on longing for home and the fear you'll never find it, madness and used cars in Jacksonville, and swimming hole cliff in North Carolina.

He received a 2017 Beth Block grant from the Houston Center of Photography, has exhibited nationally, and his work has been featured in SPOT, Burn Magazine, C-41, and YET. He taught analog photography at the University of Hartford, has been a guest critic at the San Francisco Art Institute, and works as a fine art master printer. His self-published books have been exhibited at art fairs and shows across the country, and are in the collections of the University of Virginia, the University of Hartford, and Pier 24 Photography.

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