Professional Practice:

The Pursuit of Authenticity in the Arts with Epiphany Couch

What does it mean to be an artist today? How do we navigate the changing art landscape? How do we seek opportunities that feel authentic to our goals as artists and creators? This course blends playful exploration with practical skill-building to provide artists with the tools and insights needed to navigate their artistic journey with authenticity, integrity, purpose, and resilience. Through engaging discussions, hands-on exercises, and case studies, participants will emerge with an understanding of how to authentically thrive in the complex and dynamic landscape of the contemporary art scene. Together we’ll tackle topics like project management, new technology, arts writing, and more.

NEW Student Partial-Scholarships
- Partial Scholarships for Artists age 50 & over (Partial-Scholarship Awards of $250)
*Continuing students who are over the age of 50 need not apply, TAAS automatically applies this support to your tuition.
** Payment Plans Available

Jan 19th - March 1st

Fridays
12:30 - 3 pm EST

16
Students Max

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

Epiphany Couch is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts project manager. Her artwork explores generational knowledge, storytelling, and our connection to the metaphysical. By re-contextualizing classic mediums such as bookmaking, beadwork, photography, and collage, she presents new ways to examine our pasts, the natural world, and our ancestors. Couch’s work is unapologetically personal, drawing from family stories, her childhood experience, archival research, and her own dreams. She utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to create images and sculptural works that hold space for reflection, transforming from mere things into precious objects — intimate and heirloom-like.

Couch is spuyaləpabš (Puyallup), Yakama, and Scandinavian and grew up in caləłali (Tacoma, Washington). Her work has been shown at Carnation Contemporary in Portland OR, Gallery Ost in New York City, and Yuan Ru Gallery in Bellevue WA. In 2022 and 2023 she received the Jurors Choice Award for her work included in the Around Oregon Biennial at The Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and is a member of Carnation Contemporary Gallery.

"Reflection" (2010) Paper, linen thread, and resin. 28 x 12 x 3 inches
"Buried by White Ways" (2022) Linen cloth, bookboard, satin, buckskin, paper, linen thread, beaver wood, glass beads and paper doily. 23 x 10.5 x 23 inches
"Ringleader of Disorder" (2021) Paper, rawhide, leather, and metal. 10.5 x 15 x 1 inches
Inside detail: "The History of Forgetting" (2020) Collage, vellum, linen thread, wood, and hair. 7 x 4.5 x 2.25 inches
"Truth Has Another Face" (2010) Paper, vellum, collage, bookcloth, found object, and hair. 7.5 x 3 x 3 inches

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