The Re-Model: Strategic Career Thinking from Art World Insiders: A Speaker Series from BmoreArt
The Re-Model is a new speaker series designed to bring nationally recognized artists and arts professionals to Baltimore to challenge existing structures of success and to build awareness and diversity within current models for best professional practices. From insider tips to creating productive relationships with galleries to funding models for ambitious projects, Re-Model speakers will candidly discuss their art careers in conjunction with the projects and publications they have created.
Lectures will be free and hosted quarterly at The Motor House, located at 120 W. North Avenue in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Each talk will be followed by an informal reception for speakers and guests to network and purchase books and publications.
The series kicked off on Thursday, March 9 with NY-based artist and author Sharon Louden. After the international success of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, Louden returns to Baltimore with NY-based artist William Powhida to discuss her newest book Artist as Culture Producer. The informal discussion focused on Culture Producer’s concept: the value of artists who promote the work of other artists. The talk will include BmoreArt’s Cara Ober, one of the 40 featured artists in the book.
On Friday, March 9, Louden and ten of the authors from the book hosted, with support from the Ford Foundation, a spaghetti dinner for 100 artists at Baltimore’s Area 405. The event was another opportunity for artists to come together, discuss professional challenges and strategies, and to network with out of town ‘culture producers’ Jayme McLellan from DC, Edgar Arceneaux of LA, Caitlin Masley of Brooklyn, Michael Scoggins of NY, and Deana Haggag, newly relocated to Chicago.
Forthcoming speakers will feature Abraham Burickson and Ayden Leroux, collaborators behind the internationally recognized Odyssey Works, an elaborate performance series for an audience of one, Taylor Rene Aldridge and Jessica Lynne of Arts.Black, and Amy Rahese, director of Goya Contemporary Gallery with Heather Darcy Bhandari, former NY Gallery Director at Mixed Greens and author of the much-loved professional development manual Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career. Odyssey Works’ new book, published by Princeton Architectural Press, and Bhandari’s new and updated edition of Art/Works, published by Simon & Schuster, will be available at each event.
BmoreArt’s The Re-Model is designed to bring artists together to discuss the vital issues that really matter to them, like sustainability, best practices, funding models, and community. For this reason, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of the guests and linger afterwards during the reception. Although tickets are free, the audience is limited to 150 seats per event to ensure an intimate and comfortable environment in the Motor House Black Box Theater.
* June 24 – Taylor Renee Aldridge (Detroit) and Jessica Lynne (Brooklyn) of Arts.Black to discuss the role of independent arts publications and emerging black voices in art criticism
* September 21 – Abraham Burickson (Baltimore) and Ayden Leroux (Austin, TX) of Odyssey Works, an event coordinated with MICA MFA Graphic Design, to discuss funding models for collaborative practices
* January TBA – Heather Darcy Bhandari author of Art/Work and former gallery director at Mixed Greens Gallery, NY and Amy Eva Rahese, Director of Goya Contemporary in Baltimore to discuss the ethics of the artist-gallery relationship
This speaker series is generously supported by the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, with additional support from Hotel Indigo and Union Craft Brewing.