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September 2021 Arts InFocus

SEPTEMBER 2021

Each month, ArtsGreensboro brings you stories about artists, arts organizations, and individuals whose lives are infused with creativity. Join us in celebrating our vibrant city.

Artists In Focus

STERNBERGER ARTISTS CENTER
BY DENNY KELLY, SAC COMMISSION CHAIR

Artist Hollis Gabriel

Creativity abounds throughout the twelve studios and common areas of the handsome restored home that is the Sternberger Artists Center at 712 Summit Avenue. On the first floor are the studios of artists Krystal Hart, Amy Funderburk, and Tatyana Dyakonov surrounding the gathering common areas of the kitchen, solarium, living room, butler’s pantry, and foyer. Upstairs, writer/photographer Lee Zacharias, and artists Hollis Gabriel, Molly Amsler, Perry Boswell, Susan Purviance, Vicki Johnson, and Denise Landi each have their own private spaces. Henri Sumpter creates his textile art in several studios in what was the garage and Devon McKnight uses the former potting shed.

Artist Krystal Hart working with paints she makes herself

The elegant residence was built in 1926 by Sigmund Sternberger, a director of Cone Mills Corporation, and it was given to the United Arts Council, in 1971. After using it for offices, the Arts Council converted the house into individual studios in 1979 for the benefit of practicing artists in the community. Following a major renovation, thanks to the financial assistance of the Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The Foundation continues to invest in capital improvements to make the restored home a premier studio space.

Over the years, the Sternberger Artists Center has continued to be a major presence in the preservation and arts community, as well as providing the home and inspiration for many talented artists of the past, present and future.

Click Here to learn more about Sternberger Artists Center

Arts Happening

UNCG COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

BY: TERRI RELOS, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

Margaret Atwood, September 21, 2021

The 2021-2022 UNC Greensboro Concert and Lecture Series invites you to a conversation with one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Geena Davis — an Academy Award winner whose roles have become cultural landmarks; a night of dance with Malpaso, a troupe known for its bold and visceral choreography rooted in Cuban tradition; an evening with Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s most important and influential writers whose books, poetry, and films have proven relevant time and again; and Kelli O’Hara, a Tony Award-winning Broadway legend of stage and screen. Add to that a fresh, dynamic, and diverse chamber orchestra and Shana Tucker, an up-and-coming soulful cellist, and you’ve got the ticket to Live Your Life with Live Arts!

Geena Davis, February 26, 2022
Shana Tucker, October 29, 2021
Kelli O'Hara, January 14, 2022

The UNC Greensboro Concert and Lecture Series is the longest-running series in North Carolina, and since 1913, has included some of the brightest luminaries and performers in the arts to Greensboro. The series also provides invaluable student masterclass opportunities with artists who are working at the highest levels of their disciplines. Financial support for the series is provided by Presenting Sponsors Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. and The Cemala Foundation; Hospitality Sponsor Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels; Underwriting Sponsor Well-Spring; and Media Sponsor Our State Magazine.

Season tickets are on sale now, and single-event ticket sales begin 90 days before each event.

To learn more about the UNCG UCLS, please visit: https://vpa.uncg.edu/home/ucls-2/ or call: 1-800-514-3849

AG Making it Work

AG STUDENT INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

BY: ALEXIS BOONE & MIKHAILA ELLER

During school, internships in your field of study are vital for successful results after graduation. Classes on campus may include in-depth conversation, peer collaboration, and shared learning encounters, however, it’s critical to look for promising opportunities to apply and develop the scholarly ideas you’re learning in an expert setting also. Understanding, developing, and preparing for a career and life is what college is about. During the summer, ArtsGreensboro had two current UNCG students participate in an internship working in different areas of the organization. Alexis Boone helped create the monthly ArtsGreensboro newsletters, and Mikhaila Eller worked on the newly launched Community of Elevation Grant Program.

“I first applied to the Development and Marketing internship because marketing and designing have always been something I’ve been interested in exploring as a Media Studies major and a New Media and Design minor at UNCG. The growing intersection between technology and art is fascinating to me. I’ve always been curious about how nonprofit arts organizations operate behind the scenes, and I got a chance to explore that while here at ArtsGreensboro. At ArtsGreensboro, I learned a lot about different areas of designing, as well as advice about how to achieve my career goals, and how to apply skills I’ve learned towards other careers and academic pursuits.

In addition to designing the newsletter, being the Development and Marketing intern, I was able to assist with developing the market for ArtsGreensboro monthly newsletter, coordinate the publishing of the newsletter with the Director of Development, and solicit information and materials from the members and related professions. I have learned a lot throughout my time at ArtsGreensboro this summer about possible career paths as well as seen improvement in my writing, research, and designing skills, and feel proud of the work I have done.” – Alexis Boone

“My experience working with ArtsGreensboro has been incredible. This has been my first experience participating in an internship program, and I am so grateful to have been able to work with ArtsGreensboro this summer. I originally found out about this organization through UNCG and discovered another nonprofit organization called Campus Greensboro. They provide paid internship opportunities for students who have a connection to Greensboro. Through Campus Greensboro, I was awarded the opportunity to be the Community Education/Outreach Specialist for ArtsGreensboro this summer. 

I have learned so much and met many amazing professionals during my time at ArtsGreensboro. My long-term career goals consist of working at a nonprofit arts organization in any capacity, but with a preference for development and philanthropy. ArtsGreensboro has helped me develop my skills in terms of the grant cycle process, preparing and writing grants, collecting, measuring, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data for reporting and internal analysis purposes. I have also acquired a plethora of networking skills, how to communicate ideas concisely and clearly, and how to engage with the community in an effective way.” – Mikhaila Eller

My Art Story

GUILFORD NATIVE AMERICAN ART GALLERY

BY: WANDA ATTMORE, GALLERY DIRECTOR

The Guilford Native American Art Gallery is located in the Greensboro Cultural Center and was one of the first galleries in the building. I have curated the Native American exhibits for the GNA Art Gallery for four years as well as the Juried Art exhibit for the NC United Tribes Conference. I am responsible for four major shows a year, along with promoting the sale of work. I work with artists, collectors, curators, and museum liaisons. Our goal here at the Guilford Native American Art Gallery is to promote Native American artists who will not normally be seen in traditional art galleries.

The new generation of Native American artists has so much talent that they bring in a fresh style of art to the gallery. The art gallery does have showcases, which are for artists to set up their artwork and display it for the public to see. When people hear of these showcases, they expect a lot of beadworks to be displayed. These artists have so much more, such as abstract, acrylic, and oil paintings. Artists line up their stories through their artwork and showcase them to the public. Guilford Native American Art Gallery’s goals in the next five years are to expand the artist base. New artists will bring in a new style of art. We also want to open to the public and provide more classes. In these classes, we would like to teach pottery, beadwork, and show others Native American attire. The cultural aspect is what makes our organization stand out. Showcasing history that has been misunderstood, provide education to Non-Native Americans about our history, not just artwork but telling people where their roots and traditions come from.

For more information about Guilford Native American Art Gallery and upcoming POW WOW event, please visit:

https://www.visitgreensboronc.com/greensboro-nc-events/guilford-pow-wow/

The application process opens September 1, 2021, for the 2022 grants to support the work of artists.

The North Carolina Arts Council funds the Artist Support Grants and provides professional and artistic development grants to eligible artists. As the Designated County Partners, ArtsGreensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County will administer the grant process for Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford (High Point), and Randolph Counties.

These grants fund the professional and artistic development of emerging, mid-career, and established artists to enhance skills and abilities in creating work or improve business operations. Individual artists and small unincorporated groups of collaborating artists are eligible to apply.

For more information on grant guidelines and to register for upcoming grant information sessions, Click Here.