Arts Writing Workshop with Jacquelyn Gleisner
6:00 - 8:00 PM
This two-hour workshop with The Chart’s 2019 Critic-in-Residence Jacquelyn Gleisner focuses on the craft of writing, particularly the drafting of compelling artist statements and project descriptions. Participants will learn tips for using concise, visual language that will help clarify and communicate their ideas verbally. If possible, participants should bring a sample artist statement to the workshop for review.
Jacquelyn Gleisner is an artist, writer, and educator. Born outside of Buffalo, New York, Gleisner’s earliest memories of art are inside Lucas Samaras’ experiential installation, Mirrored Room (1966) at the Albright Knox Gallery. She holds degrees from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 2010) and Boston University (BFA, summa cum laude, 2006), and her work as a visual artist has been exhibited throughout the United States, especially within New England, and internationally, in Italy, Finland, and Botswana. In 2010, Gleisner was awarded a Fulbright grant to Helsinki where she researched surface design across art, fashion, and architecture. Five years later, she traveled around Botswana through an artist exchange funded by the Art in Embassies Program. As a writer, Gleisner has been published in Hyperallergic, Art New England, Two Coats of Paint, Arteidolia, Black Balloon Publishing, and Glass Quarterly, among others. Additionally, Gleisner was a regular contributor to four columns for the ART21 magazine for over seven years. Last year, she founded Connecticut Art Review, a writing platform for the arts in and around the state with the twin objectives of focusing on underrepresented communities and raising awareness of pressing social, cultural, and/or political issues. Since 2017, Gleisner has worked at the University of New Haven as a Practitioner in Residence in the Art & Design Department. She is currently serving as half of the Creative in Residence team with her husband and collaborator, Ryan Paxton, at Ives Squared, the makerspace at the New Haven Free Public Library.
This workshop is presented as part of the 2019 Visiting Critic Lecture Series. Building on ideas of participatory publishing, The Chart’s 2019 Lecture Series brings five arts writers and visual arts critics to Maine from June through September for immersive, in-person dialogue and critical engagement with place. Visiting Critics will present public lectures around their research and practice and will also conduct studio and site visits as part of their residency.
The Chart’s Visiting Critic Lecture Series is funded in part by a project grant from the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation.
*** About The Chart ***
The Chart is an online arts journal based in Maine, in print once a year. The Chart supports critical artistic dialogue with the goals of creating shared language; recognizing deep connections across borders and cultures; celebrating diversity in thinking, ideas, and lived experiences; and honoring the relevance of regionally-specific participation in matters that we grapple with together as a nation. The Chart seeks to build a sustainable platform dedicated to tenderness, visibility, and urgency in arts writing that prefigures a more equitable art world.