Thursday, June 13, 2024

At Ease

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.” -Vincent Van Gogh

Comfort comes in many forms. For a child, a soft toy or blanket may be what is needed during times of distress. Even adults often still hold fast to something soft or sentimental, some object of significance. Perhaps comfort is found in routine for some, while others feel more relaxed with the freedom to choose their day from moment to moment. For as many different individuals as there are in the world, so, too are there myriad versions of comfort.

Adia Millett lives and works in Oakland, California among natural beauty. In her studio she is busy with several textiles for a show opening in July at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum. At the same time she divides her time working on multiple proposals that need to be completed by the end of the month. She also has several pieces in a solo show at the California African American Museum where she as been exhibiting about 30 mixed media pieces since February. To hear more about how Adia Millet works in both studio and on the business and proposals side of her career, listen to the complete interview.

Emily Zimmerman spoke to us from Seattle Washington. She is a curator and writer as well as Director at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design as where she is also a lecturer. At the Gallery she consistently looks for ways to allow the students to become involved with curation and prepare for going out into the world to find jobs in the field. To hear more about Emily Zimmerman’s work at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery as well as her own work, listen to the complete interview.


A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

What comforts you during difficult days? Tell us in the comments.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Emily Zimmerman recently read Accessibility in the Arts: A Promise and a Practice by Carolyn Lazard as well as What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics by Jarrett Earnest


Prisma International Art Prize invites artists to submit their work for consideration. Every three months a prize of 500 euros is awarded and once a year a prize of 2000 euros. Selected artists are also included in an online exhibition with the chance for inclusion in a live exhibition in Italy. For complete details, visit the website. Deadline is June 15. Up to three submissions per artist.



Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.



Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and the forthcoming Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

Signed and doodled copies of these books can be purchased from Praxis Center.


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