When are you going to get a real job?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 — 7:00pm - 8:30pm

When are you going to get a real job? 

When are you going to get a real job? Persevering and pursuing a career as an artist.

Bruce Museum's annual exhibition iCreate serves as an outlet for emerging artists, amplifying the scope of their pieces' influence and providing the community a glimpse into local artistic potential and talent.​

This panel discussion with iCreate Alumni, teachers, and established artists will share information, resources, and strategies for participants to understand better how they might pursue their interests in the arts as a viable career path. We will discuss experiences, advice, pitfalls, optimism, and get real about what's going on in the art world.

Leon Calzone is currently a rising junior studying Apparel Design at the Rhode Island School of design. Much of his work is rooted in art history, the Americana, and his exploration of gender and sexuality. He is a 2019 alumni of iCreate and a 2019 graduate from Greens Farms Academy.  https://leoncalzone.cargo.site

Willie Gary is an iCreate alumnus, artist and musician. Currently attending Bard college, he works primarily in oil pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. His work has been exhibited in galleries such as MomaPS1.  - on instagram at @william_gary

William Gary is a visual artist and musician based in Upstate New York. William’s work is a dialogue with Abstract and Neo-Expressionism, but intensely personal. He creates in a psychologically primitive style through the use of handwriting, reminiscent to that of an uninhibited child, merged with expressionistic paint handling. Ironically, Williams innate style is one he was criticized for as a child due to the lack of technicality in what is traditionally deemed as “good art.” William employs mixed media in collage form, using drawings combined with painting in an effort to create layered spacial ambiguity. Tending to work large, William often makes use of multi-panel formats such as diptych's and triptych's; drawing much inspiration, both compositionally and thematically from the dark angst of Northern European religious iconography in addition to the language of early childhood drawing. 

Benjamin Langford is a fine artist, designer, and photographer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Langford is an iCreate alumnus and received a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2014. He has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications including Surface Magazine, Musee Magazine, and Harpers Bazaar Korea.

His work investigates the relationship between nature and their representation through photography and sculpture, with a concentration on flowers in various states of decomposition, gardens, and natural environments. His work is currently being shown at the Fu Qiumeng Fine Art Gallery in the Yet, Only Voice Echoed exhibition until August 21. 

Visit Benjamin's website at https://benjaminlangford.com

Heather V McLeod is an iCreate alumna and artist currently based in Manhattan. She recently received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and completed her undergraduate degree at RISD. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Award in Perugia, Italy, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant and The Leslie T. and Francis Posey Scholarship. She has been featured in a number of exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has been the recipient of a number of art related awards, including most recently AXA Art Prize Finalist. In her practice, she plays with the use of symbolism and concealment to enhance the narrative and evoke a quiet yet humorous side to portraiture.  

Visit Heather's website at https://www.heathervmcleod.com

Maddie Osborne - https://www.maddieosborne.com - is an iCreate alumna and fine artist. Her work spans a variety of mediums including textile and fiber arts, animation, printmaking, and book arts. She received herBFA from SUNY Purchase and is pursuing a teaching career in the arts.

Visit Maddie's website at https://www.maddieosborne.com

Chloe Perline​ is an iCreate alumna currently studying illustration at Syracuse University. Her artistic practice is centeredaround editorial work, and particulary editorial illustration and photography. Visit Chloe website at https://www.chloeperline.com​

Christine Vitarello is an art teacher from Harrison High School, New York public high school. 

Luke Whittaker (thelukewhittaker.com) is an emerging artist currently living and working in Providence, Rhode Island with a studio at the Nicholson File Company Art Studios. He obsesses over figuration in everyday experiences, capturing a feeling, moment, position or scene. The goal of his work is to pull the physical body out of the mediums he uses. Attempting to extract and reveal the body that resides underneath the surface of the canvas becomes a dance between his own figure and that of the painting. In order to expose the figure, he is constantly moving back and forth between materials ranging from classic charcoal and graphite to photoshop and illustrator. His physical paintings and drawings always find a new life through the digital collages he creates from photographs of them.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Luke attended Darien High School, graduating in 2016, then went on to graduate, with honors, from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in painting. During his senior year he participated in RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. Luke has pieces in collections as far afield as Canada and Sweden. He recently co-curated a physical and virtual art show at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI.

Visit Luke's website at https://www.thelukewhittaker.com

Lisa Waldstein Department chair of Visual Arts at Greens Farms Academy. 30 years of teaching all levels, mostly HS, at Independent and International schools in 4 US states and Milan, Italy.  

Katja Zigerlig is Vice President, Art, Wine and Collectibles Advisory at Berkley One and Berkley Asset Protection, Berkley Companies (WRB), where she consults with collectors as well as  insurance and financial advisors on the physical and financial protection of their passion investments. Katja has two decades of professional experience in the art world. She has insured private collections, museums, galleries and exhibitions for HUB International, AIG Private Client Group and AXA Art Insurance. She is also a guest lecturer at Christie’s Education Department.  Katja has a B.A. and M.A. in Art History, with a specialty in twentieth century art. She is a board member of The Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation, and a member of The Friends of the Swiss Institute Committee.  


The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from  Berkley One, a W. R. Berkley Companythe Connecticut Office of the ArtsBerkley One, a W. R. Berkley Company, the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation



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