On Wednesday, December 4th we had the pleasure of speaking about our paths as artists and business owners at a new series by The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) at SOHO20 Gallery. This new event series called "Making it Last: Fostering Creative Life" was started by The New York City TFAP chapter and is organized by damali abrams, Kathleen Wentrack and Jenn Dierdorf, all talented women and strong forces in the arts community. We were also in good company with fellow speakers Taliah Lempert and Eleanor Callott Whitney.
Eleanor started the night off with some great questions about why we choose to be artists and great reminders about the steps and organizational logistics to achieve our big goals. It was insightful to hear the stories about the interviews that went into her book, Grow: How to take your DIY project and passion to the next level and quit your job!, and how each artist has his or her unique and motivated path.
Following Eleanor, Taliah walked us through her years of self- promoting her art work about all things bicycles. Her passion for cycling was contagious and it was inspiring to hear her talk about each piece she showed, as well as her persistence in making herself known to the world through distributing postcards and using her website as a powerful tool.
We spoke about how collaboration was really the key to keeping our art practices vibrant, working with an artist collective, and then starting Kind Aesthetic. Both of us, Sara Jones and Andrea Wenglowskyj, moved to New York right after graduate school and our choice to engage with our local community was one of the most important steps we took to making our creative careers last. It's something we continue to value and nurture with Kind Aesthetic, as well.
If you want to learn more about the whole event, bios are below!
Taliah Lempert is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York since 1989. She studied at the New York Academy of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Lempert’s work combines the two things that she is most passionate about, painting and cycling. Lempert’s work has been exhibited in galleries and alternative spaces in every major city in the U.S. as well as Tokyo and London. In 2012 she was selected to participate in the NYC DOT Urban Arts Barrier Beautification program and completed a 600-foot mural on a separated bike lane barrier on Flushing Ave in Brooklyn. Lempert’s work excites both the cycling and art communities alike. Over the years she has worked with such clients as The Museum of Modern Art Design Store, Magma, Moss, Paul Smith, Velo Vine, Blue Stockings, Terry Bicycles, Steward & Stand and Taking the Lane. Her designs can also be found at Anthropologie and Fishs Eddy.
Eleanor Callott Whitney is a writer, rock musician, educator, and arts administrator raised in Maine and living in Brooklyn. She finds joy in bringing order to the chaos of creativity, empowering artists with the tools they need to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and in managing and facilitating creative projects with panache. She is the author of Grow: How to take your DIY project and passion to the next level and quit your job!, released in 2013 by Microcosm Publishing. Eleanor writes extensively about art, culture and nonprofit management and published the personal, art zine Indulgence for 15 years, as well as co-founded the Portland Zine Symposium.
The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) promotes diverse feminist art events, education and publications through its website calendar. Website visitors can find exhibitions, lectures, artist talks, classes, films and other art related activities in their area or to include in their travel plans. TFAP preserves all calendar listings in the TFAP virtual archives and requests documentation from calendar participants to add to its physical archive.
SOHO20 Gallery is the number one organization in New York City providing women with exhibition and professional artistic opportunities. They are on the forefront of the contemporary art world, and are redefining the meaning of feminism in art. In 1973, SOHO20 was founded by a group of 20 women artists intent on achieving professional excellence in an industry where there was a gross lack of opportunities for women to succeed.