The review is an evening meeting for student, aspiring, and established artists to have their work constructively evaluated by a facilitating professional artist or expert in the visual arts.
Each session begins with a short informal presentation by the facilitator so participants can become acquainted with his or her background and working style. You should bring in at least two works or one original and a number of digital images for the review leader to constructively evaluate, offer feedback, and suggestions for expansion. Review participants will also gain insightful feedback while listening to the other participants’ review period.
If time allows, the session ends with a group discussion around potential exercises, ways to continue moving forward, ideas about how to rework a piece, etc.
Of these sessions, one participant wrote “I am forced into a 20 min plus in-depth conversation about my art. Having to answer questions, and generally talk about my process and ideas, seems to clarify things in my mind and cause me to realize which is important and unimportant, where the art is coming from and what direction I might go in. It just makes me think more clearly about it all and I find that the conversations inform how I approach my work over the following weeks.”
Past reviewers have included Megan Hinton, Mike Carroll, Heather Blume, Zehra Kahn, Andre van der Wende, and Debbie Nadolney. We seek a variety of facilitators who are visual artists in a wide array of mediums as well as gallerists and art critics.
Please sign up in advance to ensure a spot in the review, but walk-ins are welcome if we have the space!
Barbara Cohen received her B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with earlier studies in art history at Oxford University. She has received numerous grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Artists Foundation Mass Fellowship Program, Polaroid Artist Support Program, Blanche E. Colman Award and grants from the Cambridge and Massachusetts Arts Councils. She received an artist’s residency from the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Barbara has exhibited her paintings and sculpture in numerous galleries and museums across the country.
Barbara is the author of the current book, Venezia: Essenze, 2013, a series of painted Polaroids of Venice, Italy, published by the Italian editor, Damocle. She is also the author of New York Love Affair, 2010, a collection of painted Polaroids of New York City, and Dog in the Dunes Revisited, 2005, published by Fields Publishing . The original Dog in the Dunes 1998, a series of painted photographs of her black Labrador, Gabe, set in the dunes of Cape Cod, was published by Andrews McMeel. Provincetown ‘East West’, a selection of her painted Polaroid landscapes of this small seaside town, was published in 2002 by University Press of New England. Her other books include, Woman’s Best Friend; A Celebration of Dogs and their Women 1996, published by Little Brown and Company as well as, Dogs and their Women 1989, Cats and their Women 1992, and Horses and their Women 1993.