In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn to write an artist statement and how to use it as a valuable tool for growth. An organic document that continually changes, the artist statement works to check what you mean and what you believe against the work you are making. Sometimes through language we can find answers we can’t access through other modes of thinking. Does your work reflect what you write in your statement and vice versa? Do you really believe the things you think you believe? Or are you now trying to say something different? If you are an established artist, what has changed in your work and mind since the last time you wrote an artist statement? As artists we have a responsibility to our work to say exactly what it is we mean, not allowing for the misinterpretation or appropriation of our work for the agenda of another. The work of creating your artist statement is also a way to develop and hone boundaries, an exercise to thoughtfully and privately design what you choose to share and what you choose to protect.
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) is a master artist from the Umpqua River Valley on the South Coast of Oregon. She comes from a family of professional artists and educators, her training began in the home. Siestreem created and runs a weaving program for the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She is a multidisciplinary artist. Her practice branches into education and institutional reform related to curatorial and educational practices regarding Indigenous Fine Art. She teaches collegiate art at PSU at PNCA. She has been represented by Augen Gallery since 2010. She was the recipient of a Ford Family Gold Spot Residency at Crows Shadow and a Matrix Residency in Missoula, MA. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Northwest Art, Missoula Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Whatcom Museum of Arts, The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, among many other galleries. She lives and works exclusively in the arts in Portland, Oregon.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council is committed to developing resources for artists, creatives, and arts organizations in our communities. Our Artists’ Workshop Series aims to support emerging and established artists in achieving sustainable creative practices. These workshops are led by experienced artists and creatives to provide professional training on skillbuilding topics such as bookkeeping and taxes, project management, and grant writing. Each 3-hour workshop is $25, and registration is limited to 30 participants. If the cost of registration is a barrier, we are happy to work with you. For more information on available discounts, contact Jae Yeun Choi at [email protected]