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Workshop: How to Write an Artist Statement

Sky Goodden
May 15, 2018

This workshop is directed at artists who want to ignite or strengthen their artist statement (it also proves useful for gallerists, curators, and critics), in distinguishing the structures and consistencies of clear and concise art writing. Together participants will work to remove the anxiety from the process through discussion, and the presentation of hands-on tips and exercises. Participants will be encouraged to workshop their previous statements or endeavour new texts. Goodden will highlight both ineffective and exemplary artist statements, and provide a veritable handbook outlining the elements, goals, and methods used to achieve sincerity, clarity, and uniqueness.

SKY GOODDEN is the founding publisher and editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. Momus has been critically recognized, and widely read and shared, receiving citations from peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, and the LA Times, among others. The publication was shortlisted for two International Art Criticism Awards in 2016. Upon its third anniversary in October 2017, Momus has grown an audience of over 700,000 readers, two-thirds of whom are based in the US and abroad. It is now producing a podcast titled Momus: The Podcast (the series is being syndicated by the popular, UKbased NTS Radio), and has published its first print compendium, titled Momus: A Return to Art Criticism Vol. 1 (2014-17).

Goodden holds an art history BFA from Concordia University and an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which in 2016 awarded her with an Alumni of Influence Award, “The Trailblazer.” She has published in Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21, among others

Workshop Fees:
Neutral Ground Members – $10
Non-Neutral Ground Members – $20