FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Atlanta, Georgia- 26 September, 2013)
Lucha Rodriguez, Nick Madden, Fatimah Abdullah, Matthew Terrell, Angus Galloway, and Molly Rose Freeman at The Goat Farm Arts Center.
The Creatives Project (TCP) is pleased to welcome its second group of "Artist-in-Studio" Residents. Each of the selected artists will serve Atlanta's community as mentors and teachers through TCP’s Community Arts Program (CAP) to provide arts education and outreach for youth and adults throughout the community. In exchange for two years of free studio space, the artists will complete much of their outreach service in partnership with TCP's nonprofit beneficiaries.
The 2013-15 CCHP Artists-in-Studio recipients are:
Fatimah Abdullah: animator
Molly Rose Freeman: painter & muralist
Jason Kofke: printmaker & mixed media artist
Lucha Rodriguez: mixed media artist
Matthew Terrell: photographer
*Angus Galloway: painter
*Nick Madden: mixed media artist
Chosen from a talented pool of over 40 applicants by TCP’s Portfolio Review Panel, the finalists represent a diverse and dedicated group, stylistically and otherwise. What each of these artists has in common, however, is a desire to not only further their talents, but also help others in doing so.
Two years is big commitment for TCP and its artists, but it there is comfort in longer residencies, and quality. For me, folding in new ideas and hammering out obstacles takes time. When a program is willing to commit to an artist by offering two years of studio space or housing in exchange for outreach, it empowers the artist to take a leadership role in their community." -Fatimah Abdullah
"The combination of openness and tactical support is critical to the creative process--not just in the arts community but in every community. There is something really inspiring about a program that knows how fruitful it can be to kick up dust to see where it lands.
I think that's where we find real discovery and understanding." -Molly Rose Freeman
TCP has a beautiful way of gathering artists from various backgrounds and providing them with a platform to easily enrich themselves and others within the local art scene. It presents new reasons and opportunities for creatives to stay in Atlanta." -Lucha Rodriguez
The Creatives Project is also very excited to announce David Courtright as TCP's Musical Curator. David is an Atlanta musician and poet, currently performing solo under the name Suno Deko. Prone to collaboration with artists from all walks of life, David has, for the third year in a row, been a part of TCP's annual exhibition, contributing music in collaboration with other musicians.
"TCP strives to create experimental environments in which musicians can musically expand while being exposed to new audiences. Over the past couple of years TCP has built quite a rapport with David through his involvement in our musical programming. We are excited to bring him on board as we continue to deepen our relationship with Atlanta's music community. We truly admire and believe in David's talent and vision and look forward to producing musical showcases under his direction."- Neda Abghari, TCP Executive Director
"I think what the Creatives Project has created for this city is really remarkable, and I have always jumped at the chance to be involved. They provide artists of all persuasions opportunities to explore possibilities outside of their comfort zones, and experiment and collaborate in a no-pressure environment. I am thrilled to be a part of the TCP family and look forward to helping expand our reach into Atlanta's music scene "- David Courtright
Friday October 18th during TCP's Annual Exhibition and Benefit: MOMENTUM the community will welcome these new individuals to the TCP family as they support the organization's ongoing initiatives.
"Programs like these are absolutely necessary should Atlanta hope to grow its place in the international art and culture scene equal to that of its international commerce and business relations. To know that creative people in Atlanta have programs like TCP's, signals to all other industries that we are part of a healthy system." Jason Kofke
This year we are honored to include Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for The High Museum, as juror for “Best-in-Show”. Showcased will be works by TCP’s Artist-in-Studio Residents: Jerushia Graham, Justin Rabideau, Ashley L. Schick, Marcy Starz, and Nikki Starz, along with TCP Housing Residents: Gyun Hur, Andre Keichian, Masud “MAO” Olufani, and Charlie Watts as we welcome the 2013-2015 Artist-in-Studio residents! The celebratory event will also feature musical textures and installation curated by Suno Deko in collaboration with Amy Godwin. learn more & RSVP
A SPECIAL THANK YOU:
This year we were privlideged to have the following individuals participate in our Artist-in-Studio Portfolio Review Panel. Thanks to their commitment to our process and mission this beautifully diverse group of artists were selected for our residency.
THANK YOU from the bottoms of our full TCP hearts: Laura Bell, Saskia Benjamin, Jerushia Graham, Matt Haffner, Jill Hall, Debra Hampton, Gene Kansas, Anne Lambert-Tracht, Elizabeth Labbe-Webb, Pam Longobardi, Sheila Pree-Bright, Molly Mackenzie, Laura Moody, Angela Moland-Wiggins, Rachel Reese, Stuart Shapiro, Cator Sparks, Preston Snyder, & Kelly Teasley!
TCP Studios and exhibition spaces are located at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Stodja House is the Goat Farm's support platform for artists-in-residence (both visual & performance). The platform provides free long-term studio & rehearsal space directly to artists as well as selected entities such as TCP that have created their own arts based mentorship/residency programs.