Professional Practice for Artists

with Lexa Walsh

In this 7 week class, we will move intently toward building our professional practices as artists. We will cover the many ways to be in the Art World(s), and how to get there: Goal Setting, Grants, Budgets, Pricing, Residencies, Open Calls, Artist and Project Statements, Elevator Pitches, CVs, Documentation, Websites, Networking and Promotion, and the importance of Community. We will share tips and strategies to help define and finesse each of these, by identifying our audiences, contexts, processes, research and challenges.

Office hours by appointment

March 29th - May 10th

Fridays
3:30 - 6 pm EST

16
Students

$1,250 New Student
$1,000 Returning Student
USD

Lexa Walsh is an artist, cultural worker and experience maker. Walsh makes projects, exhibitions, publications and objects, employing social engagement, institutional critique, and radical hospitality. She creates platforms for interaction across hierarchies, representing multiple voices and inventing new ways of belonging, not only for people, but also for collections and archives.

She is a graduate of Portland State University’s Art & Social Practice MFA program and holds a BFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. She was Social Practice Artist in Residence in Portland Art Museum’s Education department, received the Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Award, the CEC Artslink Award, the Gunk Grant, the de Young Artist Fellowship, and Kala’s Print Public Residency Award. Walsh has participated in projects, exhibitions and performances at Apexart, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Cité de la Musique, Exploratorium, de Young Museum, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Exploratorium, Federal Hall, Kala Art Institute, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, NIAD, Portland Art Museum, SFMOMA, Smack Mellon, Taipei Artist Village, Walker Art Center, Williams College Museum of Art, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has done several international artist residencies, tours and projects. She is currently Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. This is the second time Professional Practice Intensive for Artists is offered by Lexa Walsh at the Alternative Art School.

This is the third time Lexa is teaching Professional Practice Intensive for Artists at the Alternative Art School.

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TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM CERAMICS, TEXTILES, MIXED MEDIA, SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT, SOUND 2022
CONSOLIDATED MESS INSTALLATION, RECLAIMED WOOD, CARDBOARD, CONTACT PAPER, RECLAIMED FURNITURE, BURLAP, NETTING, RIBBON, AIR FORCE PINS, FOUND EPHEMERA, WWII ERA PHOTOGRAPHS, AFGHAN WAR RUG, SOUND, GLAZED CERAMIC, MIXED MEDIA, CURATED ARTWORKS AND OBJECTS FROM VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, SOCIAL PRACTICE 2022 An interactive artist residency and exhibition at Marin MoCA, informed by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives housed at the Hamilton Field History Museum in Novato, California.
CONSOLIDATED MESS INSTALLATION, RECLAIMED WOOD, CARDBOARD, CONTACT PAPER, RECLAIMED FURNITURE, BURLAP, NETTING, RIBBON, AIR FORCE PINS, FOUND EPHEMERA, WWII ERA PHOTOGRAPHS, AFGHAN WAR RUG, SOUND, GLAZED CERAMIC, MIXED MEDIA, CURATED ARTWORKS AND OBJECTS FROM VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, SOCIAL PRACTICE 2022 An interactive artist residency and exhibition at Marin MoCA, informed by the Hamilton Airfield historical archives housed at the Hamilton Field History Museum in Novato, California.

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