indigo workshop: dothan
I recently had the privilege of spending two days at the Wiregrass Museum of Art for two indigo + shibori workshops. I've had a bit of history with the Wiregrass Museum: In 2016, I was asked to curate an exhibition there, which became Southern Abstraction, a partial survey of contemporary Southern artists who use abstraction in their work; I also was a juror of the B16, the 2016 Southeastern Biennial exhibition. I grew up about two hours from Dothan, and I understand firsthand the importance and benefit of regional visual arts institutions in that area. The entire staff, under the guidance of Dana-Marie Lemmer who acts as Director and Curator, does important and influential work there, and I'm always happy when i get to be involved. Amanda Holcomb, Art Educator at WMA, took all of these photos during the workshop.
The work the students made during this workshop was truly overwhelming. It never gets old seeing how different everyone's work is, even though they're given the same basic tools and instruction to work with. This is a constant reminder to keep pushing myself, and experimenting and learning about my own process, to be a better teacher.
If you haven't visited Wiregrass Museum of Art yet, I highly encourage a visit. Along with a great permanent collection (there's an absolutely wonderful Ida Kohlmeyer on display now), they also do a wonderful job with their rotating exhibition programming. There's an incredible upcoming show in April 2018 with Doug Baulos entitled Alabama Reckoner. Not only will it feature Doug's must-see work, it will also feature works from other fantastic artists like Brian Edmonds, Merrilee Challiss and Chiharu Roach, among others. Doug will also be teaching a workshop there with the incomparable Pinky Bass. Doug is a superstar.
There's also still time to apply to B18, the Wiregrass Biennial. You can find information about that here.
Keep an eye on my workshops page if you'd like to take part sometime soon.