Visual Arts Professor Sharon Butler is speaking on "Arts Writing" at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, on April 20. Guest artists D.W. Burnam, Amanda Manitach, Matthew Offenbacher and Emily Pothast will join her.
Although most state governments recognize that building strong arts communities can help revitalize struggling neighborhoods, the role of arts writing in sustaining arts communities is often overlooked. Outside the major metropolitan areas, too often calendar listings and event reporting take the place of serious arts writing, the best of which challenges artists to develop stronger work, precipitates a critical dialogue among artists, and puts local artists' work in a larger art historical context. Acknowledging the need for meaningful arts writing, many artists have taken up the free tools of Web 2.0 and social media and have begun to write. Butler will be discussing how artists become writers and how writing affects their art practice.
In addition to her teaching at Eastern, Butler maintains the award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint, and is a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail. Her latest project, An Inverted Curve, is an art criticism blog covering the Connecticut arts community.