Workshop: Writing Your Artist's Statement

May 30, 2012
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Spacetaker ARC
$5 member rate/$15 non-member rate in advance; $10/$20 at the door
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Workshop: Writing Your Artist's Statement

Professional artists must be able to write clearly and persuasively about their work. Yet too many see writing as a frustrating, anxiety provoking, or simply baffling.


Tacey A. Rosolowski, Ph.D. will demystify writing by breaking it down into distinct skills and inspire workshop participants by showing how their writing can grow along with their art practice. This particular workshop will focus on:


  • - Writing your Artist's Statement
  • - Writing about your current work


This workshop will be geared toward individual artists of all disciplines.


Come prepared: Bring with you...

  • - Paper that you like and that you will have fun writing on
  • - A selection of writing utensils that you like to use and have fun writing or drawing with


Advance registration fee: $15 general admission/$5 Fresh Arts/Spacetaker members

Walk-up registration fee: $20 general/$10 Fresh Arts/Spacetaker members




Tacey A. Rosolowski's Bio & Statement

In 1998 I was living in Madison, Wisconsin and working as a freelance writer and independent scholar, when I drove down to Chicago to cover a crafts trade show for my radio spot on WORT.  I discovered the world of contemporary craft and found myself intrigued by the aesthetic questions these fascinating objects raised.  I decided to focus my research on craft aesthetics.  By 2001 I was writing and lecturing regularly in the field.  I curated my first exhibition in 2002.  In 2003 I was the James Renwick Fellow in American Craft at the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery.  The grant supported my work on the way we use multi-sensory forms of perception to grasp craft objects, everyday objects, and fine-art objects.  A Brown Foundation Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2009) also supported this work.


      I received my Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, specializing in critical theory and Romantic aesthetics (’91).  In ’80-83 I wrote a Masters thesis on film for Cornell University, where I had also received a B.S. in design and environmental analysis.  I have worked as a freelance writer and independent scholar for the last fourteen years.  During that time, I have written numerous catalogue essays and feature articles on craft for newspapers, Metalsmith magazine (four covers) and American Craft (one cover).  I have curated exhibitions (e.g. “Sculpture Transformed: The Work of Marjorie Schick,” opened at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design in June ’07 and toured four additional venues); I lecture frequently at museums and educational institutions (including five lectures at the MFAH); and I have taught courses in the cultural interpretation of images and objects.  Most recently, I taught an art history/American studies course on the technological sublime at Hamilton College (Clinton, New York).


      As a visual thinker, I understand the challenges of translating non-verbal impressions into words.  These experiences inspired me to offer writing workshops for visual artists at such institutions as The School of Visual Arts in New York City, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Columbia College in Chicago.