Posted by: Jeff Edwards | March 14, 2013

Amy Wilson’s trip to CCA in San Francisco

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A photo of  the building at CCA where Amy gave her visiting artist lecture last week.

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Last week during SVA’s spring break, VCS faculty member Amy Wilson traveled to San Francisco to serve as a guest artist at the California College of the Arts. While she was there, she delivered an artist’s talk to students in the school’s MFA Fine Arts program, and held studio visits with several of them afterward. Amy’s lecture was presented as part of a class designed to prepare students for life after art school. During the talk, she covered her career as a working artist after her graduation from the Yale MFA Sculpture program, the jobs she’s had over the years, exhibitions she’s been in, her gallery, and the current state of the art market in New York and elsewhere.

Here’s a comment from Amy about her visit to CCA:

I always really like going to speak at other schools and meeting a different group of students there. It gives me an interesting perspective on what we’re doing at SVA.

The class I spoke to was specifically designed to give their graduate students “real world” skills for surviving in the art world. Things are quite different for artists in SF than in NYC (for instance, there are more opportunities for grants in SF, but fewer opportunities to show in commercial gallery spaces), so part of the reason why I was there was to report on the things I see as an artist on the East Coast.

While she was at CCA, Amy also spent a little time looking at some of the surrounding area. Here are a few photos that she took while she was there.

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During her stay in San Francisco, Amy visited the exhibition “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” at the San Francisco Center for the Book (click to enlarge). You can read more about this exhibition and the project behind it at this website.

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One of the works in “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here”: the sculptural book Witness by artist Miriam Schaer.

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Needles and Pens

While she was walking around town during her first day in San Francisco, Amy ran across Needles and Pens, an independent zine shop and art gallery in the Mission District.

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Carrier Pigeon

Some of the stock at Needles and Pens. Carrier Pigeon is a New-York-based illustrated fiction and fine art magazine (more about it here). This issue includes a built-in sound sculpture by Chris Dunnett; you can see/hear a video of it here.

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