On Thursday, July 11, we hosted a great Delve Networking event at A.I.R. Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) was founded in 1972 as the first artists-run gallery for women in the United States, and remains to this day "an artist directed and maintained gallery, providing a sense of community for women and serving as a model for other alternative galleries and organizations." They offer numerous opportunities throughout the year, for both female and male artists.
We were happy to host two amazing speakers at A.I.R: Laura Roumanos from United Photo Industries and Matthew Deleget from Minus Space. Both Laura and Matthew are neighbors of A.I.R Gallery at 111 Front Street in Dumbo. They keep good company on their floor with galleries like Artadia and Klompching, as well as Brooklyn Arts Council.
Laura Roumanos is originally from Sydney, Australia – where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts and is currently a producer and artist facilitator. There she took classes in theater production, even including pyrotechnics, which came in handy when she produced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs own Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project in 2011 at St. Ann’s Warehouse. She described this project "as an experience of collaboration like none other, because there was theater, music, visual arts, and technology..." and everyone had to come together to make this piece for a 24/7 3- week work schedule where everyone became a family. She highlighted her path of getting from Australia to New York to join the Manhattan Theatre Club to St. Ann’s Warehouse to becoming the Senior Producer of Creative Time and also a Producer at the World Science Festival. What Laura pointed out in her talk is that her accomplishments are due to her leaps of faith, boundless energy, and following her passion, which is creating amazing events for the public to enjoy. Laura is currently working at United Photo Industries as their executive producer and co-founder of Photoville, while consulting, managing, and producing numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City.
We recommend a visit to Photoville this fall, which is a "Brooklyn-based pop up photo destination built from freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces" from September 19 to September 29, 2013.
Matthew Deleget is an abstract painter, curator, and arts worker, and like most artists and creatives, wears many (many) hats. Matthew described his ambitious path and the choices he has made since starting his life in arts in New York. As an artist, he has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, and holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design from Pratt Institute. For the artists in the audience, this was a great point to make, since his current gallery, MINUS SPACE, founded in 2003, is a platform for reductive art on the international level and has an informed, thoughtful mission. He relived his time at the New York Foundation for the Arts, where he founded and directed NYFA’s Information & Research Department from 1998-2009. This included all of NYFA’s on- and offline programs for and about artists, including its comprehensive web site, classified listings, artist magazine, artist learning area, searchable databases and collaborative research projects. (More than 4.5 million individuals use NYFA’s information programs annually, and we can be sure the majority of our readers have used this invaluable resource.) Matthew continues to make art work as he educates through Creative Capital, runs his gallery space, and spends time with his family.
What he and Laura both made clear through opening up to us about their decisions and choices, is that to work in the arts we all do what has to be done, and through our own motivations and desires, important projects can take shape and these become personal stepping stones to success.
Thanks to A.I.R. for hosting us, and to Matthew and Laura for their inspiring and honest presentations. Take a look at more photos below and read about other Delve Networking events here.