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October 25, 2016

Finding Affordable Studio Space:
Challenges & Solutions

Mitch Pilnick

Mitch Pilnick is presenting this panel on affordable studio space, and he's managed to locate spaces closer than Detroit.

Mitch Pilnick,
artist advocate, art insurance professional, ATOA Board member

Anita Durst,
Chashama Founder & Director
Jenny Dubnau, Activist Artist Studio Affordability Project
Michelle Gambetta, ArtCondo: Building Artist Communities
Nicole Brydson, Core Organizer, Arts in Bushwick & Bushwick Open Studios
Julio Valdez, The Project Space: Bringing a new dynamic to the burgeoning East Harlem art scene

Organizer: Mitch Pilnick, ATOA Board member

Anita Durst

Anita Durst has been a star, a muse, and a patron of the avant-garde performing arts and emerging arts scene in New York City, since she was 18. She founded chashama in 1995 following the death of her mentor and artistic professor Reza Abdoh. While performing and working in his company, Dar A Luz, she learned the value of unbridled expression and how to value art objectively. In the wake of Rezaís absence she was driven to create a place for artists free of financial and subjective constraints. Anita has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to secure over one million square feet of space in New York City for artists. She believes programs like chashama are the vital building blocks to ensuring cultural capital in New York City. Anita was born in New York City and was the flower child to hippy parents living in New Foundland Canada, Ibiza Spain, and the suburbs of New York City. As a precocious teenager she resisted conventional schooling. Shortly after graduating high school she moved back to New York City to help care for her grandfather. Today, Anita sits on the boards of the Tai Chi Chuan Center and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. She is a recipient of The Black Alumni of Pratt's "Creative Spirit" Award and a proud mother and loving wife, who ensures her entire family eats healthy, practices mindful movement, and lives in the moment. True to her ability to be in the moment and greatest strength of objective thinking she believes all art to be valuable.

Michelle Gambetta is Director of ArtCondo/ ArtCondo is a professional real estate venture which collaborates with creative workers, artist communities, non-profits and creative industry businesses, to create a larger creative community. ArtCondo is based in the realities of NYC real estate, but driven by an ethos which values community, artistsí culture and the unique and enormously powerful contributions which artists can make when they are organized and focused.

Lucia Rollow, Bushwick Open Studios is now nearly a decade old, so itís unlikely that youíve never heard of it. But just in case, here it is in a nutshell: An all-volunteer-produced festival put together by Arts in Bushwick every year, BOS is a massively interdisciplinary celebration of art and artists that takes place in the ĎWick (and its general environs) the first weekend of June (this year 6/5-6/7). But since BOS has always proven to be a differently huge beast from one year to the next, itís likely that youíre curious about what its organizers have in store for you this time around.

Julio Valdez is a painter, printmaker, teacher and mixed installation artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. He received a fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 1994 and founded Julio Valdez Studio, specializing in Non-toxic Contemporary Printmaking processes. Valdez has presented twenty-five solo exhibitions. In addition, he received his first museum exhibition at the Omar Rayo Museum in Colombia in 1988. His work received prizes at the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998 national biennials at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, as well as numerous prestigious international awards, including an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City in 1997-98, the Silver Palette for Painting at the XXX International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France in 1998, the Grand Prize at the XVII E. Leon Jimenez Biennal in the Dominican Republic in 2000, among others.

Julio Valdez

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