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President's Letter for September 2020
I am OVER THE MOON.
We are all abuzz about our great fortune in bringing on board our new President who will bring our esteemed organization into a new era, broadening our image and brand through the three states and beyond.
During our search, board member Alice Dustin, introduced to us Robyn Stone whose significant skill set in marketing and branding along with fine arts met a match with our need for vibrant, new leadership. We are fortunate that Robyn immediately saw a place for her many talents with Artists Equity. Robyn brings passion, new ideas and a fresh perspective to our organization. In August, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically voted Robyn into the position of President.
Robyn will transition into the role over the next few weeks as I step down to move to Virginia to be near my family. I look forward to remaining involved with Artists Equity — and hope we can make it a five state organization as both Robyn and I share a vision of expansion and inclusiveness for Artists Equity.
A painter, educator and former creative director, Robyn H. Stone has a BA with honors in studio art and biochemistry from Middlebury College, VT, completed the graduate program in English literature at Lincoln College, Oxford University and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and graduated with an MFA in painting in 2017 from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). After college she studied graphic design at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons in New York City. Ms. Stone has worked in advertising and design agencies in New York, Philadelphia and Frankfurt, Germany. She launched and ran an award-winning boutique design firm, Yellow Dog Design Group in Philadelphia, garnering blue chip, national as well as local accounts in print, advertising and web design. An adjunct professor, Ms. Stone has taught creativity and design at Villanova University, Villanova, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Ms. Stone built an art and science program for kids, Spark Park, and has taught art in schools for K-12 students. Most recently she has specialized in teaching and working with talented youth who are considering careers in the arts through her education and consulting organization, Art Careers and Education (ACE). A founding member of Proximity, an art blog, she is also President and founder of Moxie Artists, a consortium of women artists supporting women’s issues through art. Ms. Stone is the organizational chair and curator of a forthcoming national art show entitled “Holding Our Own: Claiming the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves” in cooperation with and endorsed by the organization Our Bodies, Ourselves, which empowers women through information. She lives in Lower Merion Township, PA with her two teens and a small menagerie.
With that great boost to our potential we are planning so much for the fall with regular speakers and an exciting fall show. The fall committee is planning a prospectus for “UNSTOPPABLE,” a live show at Cheltenham with entry and delivery on November 15th. Check out the website for details.
Look for our engaging video of the show, and see the winners, with comments by the juror, Michelle Marcuse in dialog with Robyn Stone on the website posting. Please be on the lookout for an email about when the video will post on our website.
Find out more about our juror Michelle Marcuse at the link below. She has experience in encaustics and is now working in three dimensions. https://www.swarthmore.edu/list-gallery/michelle-marcuse-holding-absence.
The work to the right is from Michelle’s recent show Holding Absence at the List Gallery at Swarthmore College.
Michelle Marcuse, now a Philadelphia resident, grew up in South Africa. Her work assembles discards to create 3-dimensional structures which make use of our throw away culture. She received a Bachelor of Design from the Shankar College of Engineering and Design in Israel, and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. In 2010 she co-founded HOUSE Gallery. Michelle was a recipient of the Wind Challenge exhibition at Fleisher Art Memorial. This year she was awarded a 2-year CFEVA Fellowship. Her work is in public and private collections including The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the collection of the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. She taught workshops in wax techniques at Illinois State University, Moore College of Art and PAFA. We are honored to have her as a judge for our show!
The top prizes will be the same for two-dimensional, three-dimensional work, and photography rather than 1st, 2nd and 3rd this year. We hope to encourage sculptors and photographers to join in droves. You will be able to visit the gallery when the show is hung, using all the recommended safety precautions.
Again, please help me welcome Robyn Stone to lead us as acting President into her position as President in my place. You will be very inspired by her enthusiasm, energy and experience; I am so excited for the direction she will take our organization as she expands our presence in the Mid-Atlantic area as far as Virginia.
It has been my great honor to have served as your President for the last three years. I am grateful for all I have learned and gained from being part of Artists Equity and look forward to continuing to be part of its continued growth and expansion.
Wishing us all a year of growth and advancement as together we revitalize Artists Equity into an organization which empowers us all.
I’ll be seeing you all on Zoom from my new home and studio in Virginia.
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