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A month in residence to create new works of art, followed up by an exhibition and community projects.
A month in residence to create new works of art, followed up by an exhibition and community projects.
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Shannon Gilbert | 'Here to There' at Contemporary Artist Center Woodside

Artist Residency @ CAC Woodside in Troy, New York
Artist Residency @ CAC Woodside in Troy, New York

I have been awarded a fellowship and residency for 1 month at the CAC Woodside in Troy, New York beginning in February 2014!  While in residence, I am afforded the time and focus to create a cohesive body of work that will allow me to further my artistic practice.

Here is a summary of my statement of intent:

In my recent work, I am exploring the anxiety and tension born out of conflict between mankind, nature, technology, and our perception of reality and history in the information age....  My intention is to give the viewer a sense of déjà vu, and turmoil over how to reconcile the bizarre relationships... The deliberately ambiguous meaning is revealed within the juxtaposition of symbols, patterns, textures and colors and the interventions upon them.

Unusual Fauna - Mail Art
Unusual Fauna - Mail Art

The location of CAC Woodside is of particular interest to me, because of similarities to my home base of Richmond, Virginia. Geographically, Troy is adjacent to the Hudson, Richmond is on the James and historically both areas were settled by Europeans and both areas experienced a devastating fire in the 1860’s...   I intend to create a new body of work which draws from these parallels.

Richmond Frankly
Richmond Frankly
Historical Perspective - Chroma 2010 Winner
Historical Perspective - Chroma 2010 Winner

In an effort to form a deeper connection with Troy, I will be prepared to offer several workshops to the community: A monotype print workshop,, as well as a collage workshop that allows interactive interventions to create a thread of commonality between works. Finally, I hope to initiate an artists’ postcard exchange... This type of exchange fosters cross pollination of ideas and can lead to collaboration and unabashed camaraderie among participants. The goal will be to nurture a creative exchange, culminating in two exhibitions, one in New York and one in Virginia where the ideas from these exchanges can be explored.

That was a mouthful!!!

What will I do with your money?  Why am I on Kickstarter?

  • Residency Fees  $525 (after fellowship award)
  • Travel Expenses from Virginia to New York  $200
  • Supplies $475

I have tried to be conservative.  Any additional money raised will go towards photographic documentation, prints, framing, exhibition expenses, and the loss of pay while I am away from my job as museum guard at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

I love art.  I work in an art museum, I am surrounded by artists, I have a very dusty studio in Richmond I share with 2 bands (as you can imagine that is why I need time and space to create!).   I am extremely lucky to be awarded a fellowship and residency as an emerging artist.  

In appreciation for your generosity, you will receive some nifty things like:

  • *Handmade Journals
  • Artist Edition Postcards
  • Giclee Prints
  • Original Art
  • **Commissions and Requests?

Not to mention good karma.  Please check out my portfolio:

www.shannongilbert.com

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Shannon Gilbert

P.S. Postcards and letters and other forms of encouragement are always welcome at PO BOX 9195 Richmond, Virginia 23227 

*Examples of Journals made by ME!

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Tiny Pocket Journal Covers
Tiny Pocket Journal Covers
Itty Bitty Sketchbooks
Itty Bitty Sketchbooks
Journals
Journals

** Commissions are wide open!  Portraits, Painting of your pets, Landscapes, Collages, even Master's Studies

Christina Bonnard Thiebaud
Christina Bonnard Thiebaud
Starry Night Study commissioned by Tuckahoe Montessori School
Starry Night Study commissioned by Tuckahoe Montessori School
Afternoon in Argenteuil, Monet Study
Afternoon in Argenteuil, Monet Study
Hopper Study
Hopper Study
Pastel of Farmville Methodist
Pastel of Farmville Methodist
Portrait, Homage, Memento Mori
Portrait, Homage, Memento Mori
Portrait
Portrait

Risks and challenges

I will be traveling to New York in February. If there is a blizzard with 6 feet of snow, that might impede my ability to get to Troy, or get home from Troy. In the event that this happens, I will still be trapped somewhere making art for you.
I am a painter/printmaker and I am right-handed. My right hand is in good working order as of today. I won't be going skiing, but I have been known to slip on ice. I will bring along a bag of kitty litter so that I don't break anything if it's icy.
Kickstarter is ALL or NOTHING. The true cost of my supplies, travel and time off work are close to $3,000. I can achieve all the goals of the residency, and fulfil my rewards with the minimum goal of $1200, but there is a risk that I will be eating nothing but Ramen Noodles for next 6 months.

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    1 Postcard.
    Thanks for your support! You will receive a handwritten postcard, personalized with a message from me to you about what's going on in Troy. You are awesome and you are going to get some fun mail!

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    Quirky pocket journal. Odd size, perhaps slightly odd shape. Random number of pages. This is the journal grab bag for you last minute donors. You will also receive a postcard.

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    1 Handmade 20 page pocket journal.
    1 Postcard.
    These journal covers are made from fancy handmade papers, vintage/recycled materials. Approximate size is 3x4 inches. The paper inside is a mix of acid free Fabriano Ingres, Bristol and other art papers. Thank you for helping me have the time and space to make new art, jot your ideas in your new journal!

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    3 Assorted Handmade Journals.
    1 Limited Edition Postcard.
    Limited edition postcards are 4x6 inches individually signed and numbered.
    Thank you for helping me make this adventure reality!

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    *New! 3x4 inch tiny painting. Choose the subject! Tiny sketch book and postcard included.

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    5x7 canvas print of your choice with hand coloring.
    1 Handmade Pocket Journal.
    1 Artist Edition Postcard.
    Artist edition postcards are hand colored,
    each one is unique and I will be thinking of you! Tiny art makes a great addition to that little nook that needs to feel special.

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    *New. 4x6 inch mini painting. You choose the subject. Tiny sketch book and postcard included.

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    11x14 canvas print of your choice with hand coloring.
    1 4x6 (minimum) original collage, or watercolor made in residence.
    1 handmade 20 page pocket journal.
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    Thank you for helping me make this journey. I will hold a warm fuzzy place for you in heart.

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    11x14 painting created in residence. 1. handmade pocket journal made with fancy fine art papers. 1 artist edition postcard. Thanks from the bottom of my heart is assured!

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    16x20 inch COMMISSIONED painting. You tell me what to paint and I will paint it. 1. handmade pocket journal made with fancy fine art papers. 1 artist edition postcard.

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    Collage/Book Art Workshop:
    I will come to your kitchen table/studio/classroom, bring my collection of collage supplies and ephemera and give a 2 hour workshop on collage techniques for you and up to 4 friends. Troy, New York area (Late February only), Richmond/Charlottesville/Virginia Beach area only.

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    24x36 Commissioned painting or your choice of similar sized piece created in residence.
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    WOW!!! THANK YOU!
    Not everyone can afford to be so generous. You are truly a philanthropist of the arts. You may have your choice of a original art work or commission up to 30x40 inches, or you may opt to have 3 18x20 inch commissioned paintings. You will also receive a lovely hardbound catalog of work. Of course, you will get a handmade journal and 1 artist edition postcard.

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