CREATIVE PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHOP SERIES
WORKSHOP ONE: FORMING A PERSONAL STATEMENT
by Frances Vigna
Nov. 6th Introduction + How-To
Nov. 13th Peer Workshopping
Reflecting on your work to write an artist statement
The first workshop in the professional development series will help artists reflect on their work in order to articulate their creative practice confidently and clearly. The workshop sessions will provide guiding questions to consider when reviewing a body of work, as well as a framework for expressing theoretical or abstract concepts in ways others can understand. Participants will practice writing an artist statement, and are encouraged to come with any current statement or language, as well as questions to bring into a peer-review setting.
THE BASICS THAT BRING WORK FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE PUBLIC
In this six-week series, participants will develop the foundational skills to comfortably and confidently talk about their artistic practice in professional ways. Each topic is composed of two sessions - beginning with a discussion workshop where participants will learn the tools to develop the skills needed, followed by a second hands-on peer-review session. These workshops can be taken alone or in combination as a professionalization series.
Frances received her MA in modern and contemporary literature at the University of Virginia, working now as a writer and editor advocating on behalf of artists to maintain the professional viability of creative pursuits. She is committed to serving underrepresented artists, and uses her platform at wip_projects to volunteer her time and skills to creatives who could not otherwise afford support. Bringing underserved communities together and sharing their stories is important to her, and by joining Instar Lodge in a writer role Frances can support the organization’s mission of fostering creativity through radical giving.