Anna Showers-Cruser will make a new body of work at Vermont Studio Center this winter. Help bring this project to life!
Vermont Studio Center has offered me, Anna S.-C., the invaluable opportunity of an artist residency in Johnson, VT. The program provides housing, meals, and studio space to 50 artists each month. While in residence, I will create twelve uniquely embroidered paintings on canvas, employing color and texture to evoke elements of human physicality.
The goal for the Body Queeries Project, to be produced while in residence at VSC, is to create 12 unique works inspired by the lives of gender-queer and transgender youth. The hope is that this project will lead to an exhibition to benefit LGBT-identified homeless youth.*
* Funds raised on kickstarter will not go directly to any charity organization; rather, they will simply allow me the opportunity to create works!
<<My current art practice is an investigation into how we queer bodies--the ways we are quickest to define "Self" and "the Other." I am particularly interested in our framing of biological sex, sexual identity, and gender expression as presumed binary systems. Aesthetically, deepening this exploration means cultivating a variety of paints and textiles, materials chosen for their tactility.>> You can read more of my artist statement here.
THE HOW: With your help, of course! A typical residency month at VSC costs $4,000. I have been lucky enough to receive scholarship and artist grants to cover a significant portion of the residency fee for this intensive studio retreat. Through your generosity, I will able to surmount the remaining fees and material costs, and make this project possible!
Your contribution will simply allow me to pay the remainder of the residency fees. Any additional funds will go toward transportation to and from Vermont, material costs, and shipping of artworks. The works created at VSC will be posted on my website, and works in progress will be on tumblr in January 2013, and made available for sale at a later date.
My passion is flowing, but my pockets are empty! Inspired to create work honoring the presence of "queer" bodies, I aim to partner (after completing the work at VSC!) with an organization that does major, major good for young folks who have been cast from their homes due to identifying as LGBTQ, including gender-variant. I'd love to have my paintings on the walls of a place like the Ali Forney Center or True Colors Residence. I'm currently reaching out to these centers to brainstorm workshops or art classes, any way to move beyond the simple paintings-on-white-walls venue where my work is usually shown. The VSC residency will simply allow me to create the works I want to show in this kind of venue down the road.
Awesome! That's totally possible! Give as much (little) as you can! I will be grinning ear to ear if lots of people give a single dollar. If everyone I know gave just the amount of their morning coffee drink, we'd be well on our way! If you have ever wanted a piece by me, this is the way to do it and get the most bang for your buck. Cheers!
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Jul 12, 2012 - Aug 15, 2012 (34 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive a handwritten, handmade thank-you card and a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $25 or more
I will send you a personalized, hand-embroidered thank you card. Plus, a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency, and a shout-out on my blog with updates on any new work.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $40 or more
You will receive a handmade, pocket-sized notebook typewritten with your name or chosen message, and with custom embroidery! Plus a hand-written thank-you, a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency, and a shout-out on my blog with updates on any new work!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $50 or more
6 backers Limited (4 of 10 left)
I will send you a one-of-a-kind, 7" by 11" limited edition collagraph print (in time for the holidays)! Plus a hand-written thank-you, a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency, and a shout-out on my blog.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $75 or more
A hand-embroidered pillow made from hand-painted fabric, customized with a name or message, and can be sent as a holiday gift! Plus, a hand-written thank-you, a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency, and a shout-out on my blog with updates on any new work. (Add $10 and have the pillow gift wrapped & sent in time for the holidays)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
7 backers Limited (3 of 10 left)
You will receive your choice of an original painting, 9" by 11", from the "Hers & His..." series, pictured at left, or a 5" sewn collage in warm or cool colors. Plus a copy of the limited edition catalogue from this project! And a customized postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency. (Add $10 and have the painting gift wrapped & sent in time for the holidays)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Your choice of artworks, any available 9" by 11" painting from the "Hers & His..." series, OR a hand-embroidered pillow made of hand-painted fabric (see examples at left) customized with a name or message. Plus, a copy of the catalogue of works completed while in residence, a hand-written thank-you and postcard sent from Vermont Studio Center during my residency. (Add $10 and have the pillow gift wrapped & sent in time for the holidays)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
A studio visit, scheduled at your convenience, where you may pick a completed work to call your own! Plus, a copy of the catalogue of works completed in residence, a framed artist proof collagraph print, and a handmade thank-you and customized postcard from VSC.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
You will receive your choice of either one commissioned work in paint or embroidery, OR one of the works completed while in residence at VSC! You are also invited for a studio visit, and 3 hours of private customized painting lessons for you or as a gift! Plus, a framed embroidery and postcard from Vermont, and multiple forms of thanks!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013