• Interview with Audrey Ryan from Con Artist Collective about their residency project Epic Epoch


    Audrey thanks for taking your time to talk to Arte Fuse. We love your new project called Epic Epoch. Can you tell us more about it? 

    Sure, thank you Jamie and Arte Fuse for your interest. Epic Epoch is the Artist Residency Program at the Con Artist Collective. Application is open to artists working in all mediums over the age of eighteen. All applicants will build their own gallery page through our website: epicepoch.org and all submitted images will be reviewed and critiqued by our awesome panel of jurors. There is a multitude of opportunity available, including discounted or free membership to the Collective, inclusion in a group show, or fully funded 90 days live/work with subsequent two-week solo show. This would be a great opportunity for any emerging artist.

    We love Con Artist Collective. How did you end up working with them and why?

    Well, I had just graduated from SUNY New Paltz and without any long term plan, was doing a collaborative exhibition at Chashama Gallery called ENDLESS. I was sleeping on our friend’s couch in Brooklyn, looking for a job, apartment, studio, internship, gallery, community, anything, and stumbled across the Con Artist Collective. Refreshingly real and appealing to my underground heart, I knew I had to be involved.  I could not afford to use the workspace as a regular member, and needed to save every penny I could, so I exchanged workspace access for internship. My first day began by generally cleaning up; re-organizing and helping Brian screen-print the covers of our Not Racist zine, which is still available in our store for $10. My first regular task was website maintenance, then marketing events, briefly managing operations and membership, recently refining focus to Epic Epoch.


    Is Epic Epoch a one-time deal or will Con Artist Collective do it every year?

    Epic Epoch is the first of many. We don’t have a set plan to do it every single year, but we’ll see how this one goes and then organize future schedules based on this one. Like I said, though, this is definitely the first of many.

    Is this Juried?

    Yes! We have an all-star panel which continues to grow. Selected jurors include:

    Megan Garwood: Founding editor of Chalet Magazine, Director at Eric Firestone Gallery, Assistant Editor at Whitehot Magazine; Carmen Hermo: Curitorial Assistant for Collections, on Young Collectors Council acquisition committee at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Paul John and Anthony Tino: Founders of Endless Editions; Christina Martinelli: Coordinator at Printed Matter; Gabe Brown: Artist and Professor at various institutions including SUNY New Paltz, Fordham…

    EpicGrillzWhen is the deadline?

    We have a rolling deadline. Judging will begin within the next few months, but we will be working individually with selected artists to organize the schedule of events. Epic Epoch is a self-funding program, so we will be able to run the program once we get closer to the 2500 applicant maximum.

    What kind of events?

    150 artists will receive one year discounted membership to the Collective, 150 will receive free membership, 6 artists will be included in a two-week-long group show, and one artist will be our “resident” artist. This artist will be housed (fully funded) in a nearby apartment for three months with 24/7 access to the Con Artist Collective workspace and a two- week-long solo show.

    All of these opportunities will be distributed at the discretion of our jury panel, except for the sixth artist in the aforementioned group show, who will be selected somewhat ironically as “most popular, “based on viewers of their page “sharing” and “liking” via the social media buttons linked to Facebook and Twitter.


    Interview by Jamie Martinez

    photography provided by The Con Artist Collective


    Jamie Martinez

    Jamie Martinez

    Jamie Martinez is the founder/publisher of ARTE FUSE contemporary art platform and the founder/director of The Border Project Space. He is an artist using the concept of triangulation throughout his work. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments. WWW.JAMIEMARTINEZ.NET

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