These eight Austin artists were selected by Crit Group co-leaders Sterling Allen, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, and Andrea Mellard from more than eighty applicants who submitted portfolios and written statements about their work. Bringing together artists with diverse practices, educational backgrounds, and art experiences, Crit Group 2020 will meet monthly beginning in January and continuing through summer. Sessions include traditional group art critique to provide peer feedback for a new body of work and current work in progress. Each artist will participate in two group critiques, receive one-on-one studio visits with Crit Group co-leaders and a gallerist for further professional feedback, and attend monthly sessions discussing the work that artists do when they are not making art. Topics addressed include writing an effective artist’s bio and statement, applying for grants and residencies, arts marketing, sustaining a holistic creative life, relevant topics in the larger art world, and more. Informal art-related gatherings organized by the artists also help build a supportive community of peers.
The Contemporary Austin is pleased to announce the newest class of its Crit Group, an annual program that aims to build a network of critical support for working artists dedicated to growing their artistic practices. The 2020 class includes artists working in a wide range of two-and three-dimensional media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramic, textiles, installation, performance, video, digital art, and public art. More information about the program can be found at thecontemporaryaustin.org/
Selected artists for the 2020 Crit Group are:
The 2020 Crit Group will culminate in a group exhibition at Austin’s grayDUCK Gallery, opening on August 8 and on view through September 6, 2020.
“I am incredibly proud of the way Austin’s artistic community has embraced The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program,” Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement said. “It is an honor to witness the artists take risks, push their work forward, and support one another through this process. I congratulate the 2020 Crit Group class and look forward to getting to know them and their work in the coming months.”
In its six year history, The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group has now served fifty local artists. A full list of alumni, with links to images of their work, is featured at thecontemporaryaustin.org/
More information at The Contemporary Austin.