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Workshop: Artist Statements & Bios 101

  • Atlanta Photography Group 75 Bennett Street NW, B1 Atlanta United States (map)
William Powhida, “Artists Statement (No One Here Gets Out Alive)”

William Powhida, “Artists Statement (No One Here Gets Out Alive)”

Presented by Susan Todd-Raque, this Atlanta Photography Group workshop is designed to help participants craft well-written artist statements and bios that are accessible and concise for their viewers. Attendees will be introduced to key elements of writing an artist statement and bio, learn common pitfalls to avoid, and participate in a writing session to improve their current statements. Be prepared to write and send draft within 7 days after class session to Todd-Raque.

Photo by: Jerry Seigel

Photo by: Jerry Seigel

Susan Todd-Raque

Co-founder in 1998 of the renowned Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), including its annual Lecture Series, Portfolio Reviews, and Public Art initiative, Todd-Raque served as its Board President and Vice President, doing the functions of an Executive Director for first few years, and then, on the Advisors Council for over 10 years. She has taught at The Atlanta College of Art, Georgia State University, and Spelman College as well as since 1996, she has been the guest lecturer on art at the High Museum of Art, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Georgia Tech, Google, College Art Association, and Society for Photographic Education. Her published work includes an extensive essay on "Photography in the South" in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography (Routledge/Taylor & Francis

Beginning in 2006, Todd-Raque as a freelance curator organized a notable survey exhibition of the work of Sylvia Plachy at the Mason Murer Gallery and The Seasoned Eye: Works by Robert Alter, Lucinda Bunnen, and Chip Simone at The Seen Gallery. For the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia she curated Responding to Home exhibition, which traveled to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida in fall 2008.  Todd-Raque also curated 3 exhibitions of Bill Boling's work , New York, New York: Photography by Sylvia Plachy at Composition Gallery, and Black Belt Color: Photographs of Selma by Jerry Siegel at Terminus, all in Atlanta, Georgia.  Todd-Raque co-curated and produced What’s Happening Now: The Cell Phone Photography Project and I See You.  Do You See Me? with Christian Bradley-West at The Gallery at CherryLion Then, Todd-Raque was chief curator of The ACP Visionaries exhibit at the Bank of America.

In 2012 the unseen vintage work of Rusty Miller came to her attention, leading to a major exhibition at the Gallery 72 at the City of Atlanta in June 2018 and the purchase of 15 Rusty Miller prints for the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office.  Todd-Raque was the moderator of the panel discussion, Memory, Race & Erasure in Urban Atlanta in July 2018.  Currently, Todd-Raque is an independent curator of private museums in Buckhead and in Los Angeles as well as curating and producing art projects at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 10am - 12pm
Deadline to Register: Monday, June 9
Materials: pen, paper, laptop (for rough draft or final edit of your statement)
Total Places Available: 12
Entry Fee: Member - $35, Non-Members - $45    

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Member $35

Non-Member $45

Cancellation Policy

APG will refund up to 50% of the tuition fee if the cancellation is made up to one week before the first workshop, class or program date, this includes single or multi-day sessions.