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Professional Art Practice Pancake Extravaganza

  • PlySpace 608 E. Main Street Muncie, IN (map)

PlySpace Resident Artists Danielle Joy Graves and Nick Witten invite high school and foundation-level college student artists to join them for a free day-long workshop on professional practice for artists and contemporary art issues. The workshop will take place on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 starting at 10:00 AM.

Please register through Eventbrite to reserve your spot by Thursday, April 26th.

The workshop will be geared toward students looking to pursue a career in fine art. Through discussions, presentations, and demonstrations, participants will be introduced to resume building, careers and alternative jobs in the art world, and contemporary art practice. A pancake breakfast will be provided (gluten and dairy free).

In the afternoon, students are also invited to join a group critique of participant's artwork. Students will learn how to photograph their work for a professional portfolio, and the photographic documentation taken during the workshop will be published online for participants to use for future applications and websites. Nick and Danielle will also publish documentation of each critique online so students will be able to use that credential on their resumes.

The event is free and open to any students interested in art practice. Students are encouraged to bring a few pieces of work for the group critique and to have photographed during the demonstration. Participants are welcome to attend the entire day, or just the workshop they find most interesting.

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Breakfast and Introductions
Nick and Danielle will present their work as professional artists as well as the work of other contemporary artists that inspire them.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | What does it take to be an artist?
Nick and Danielle will discuss how to build a professional art resume and share the many occupations that are possible for artists.

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch (BYO) and Q&A with Nick and Danielle

1:00 - 3:30 pm | Professional Practice in the Gallery
Students will learn how to present their work in a professional way in a gallery, including how to hang paintings on a wall and display various types of 2D and 3D work. Once the work is displayed, the group will critique the artworks brought by participants. Finally, Nick and Danielle will demonstrate how to photograph work in a gallery setting and will share final edits of images of with participants after the workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to approve their documented artwork and review notes for digital publication in a blog, an activity that can be included in artist resumes.

The entire event will be held at PlySpace 608 E Main Street in downtown Muncie, IN. Parking is located in the lot immediate adjacent to the building at Main and Monroe Streets. Enter through the parking lot entrance. 

Danielle Joy Graves and Nick Witten are Indianapolis-based artists, collaborative partners, and co-curators of Sugar Space Gallery, a contemporary art gallery focused on emerging artists. Nick holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Sculpture from Herron School of Art and Design. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Herron and works with Big Car Collaborative. Danielle holds a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art and Design. She works as a professional artist. They are both current resident artists at PlySpace, through the end of April.