Dear Friends and Family,
I thought that I would send you, my community of supporters, an update about my career success that has occurred in the last several months. All of the accomplishments I have made has been a result of a foundation partially created through your support. I am, of course, still extremely grateful for what you have given me. Knowing that you all are behind me helps me to move forward.
After my successful solo show, Delineations, at the beginning of the year in Ohio, I returned to New York to rest, work, and build a new foundation for my post graduate career. I have been waitressing at a little restaurant in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn as well as catering to pay rent and make ends meet. When I am not working to pay the bills, I have been researching and applying for every opportunity I can get my hands on, mainly grants and residencies. I have had positive results. In December, I received a grant from the Charles Mayer Foundation; March I received a grant from the Puffin Foundation. My thesis project (the one YOU helped fund) was published multiple times. Here is a link to my website and CV if you are interested in seeing where the project was published: http://meganmosholder.com/CV look under "Press."
As summer rapidly approaches, I am preparing for my next artist adventures. As of right now, I have been accepted to three residencies: The Wassaic Project in upstate New York for four months July 1st; the Vermont Studio Center November 1st; and CAMAC Centre d'Art March in France 2014. Each residency has given me small grants/fellowships to help offset the cost of working and living there. But my work associated with these opportunities is not over yet. Because I have only received partial funding I have been diligently researching and applying for more grants with the knowledge that I will find the money to move my career forward.
But wait, there's more! I am also writing multiple proposals for installation opportunities on the east coast: one in Hilton Head, another at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia and finally, at the Sculpture Center in New York. I am working out the details within these proposals to afford to build the installation and also pay myself. All this work will enable me to afford the residency opportunities, places that will give me the time and space to create a new body of work but also the networking opportunities necessary for more shows and the eventual gallery representation. And that is why the theme for the month of May is "Manifestation." I am diligently working towards manifesting my goals to become a professional artist and I am having positive results.
And so, dear family and friends, I write to you to remind you that I have not forgotten what you have given me and ask you not to hesitate in contacting me with questions and comments about how I have utilized your monies. I hope this letter finds you all well. Please stay in touch and thank you once again.
Megan C Mosholder