The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
(JCAL), is proud to announce that the 2011 Studio LLC Exhibition will open on
Wednesday, December 14th with an artists’ reception from 6 – 8 PM. The
exhibition, which will run through March 10, 2012, will feature works by fifteen
emerging artists, including Ian Burnley, Crystal Z. Campbell, Hon Eui Chen, Florine
Demosthene, Chuyen Huynh, Eun Hyung Kim, Charles Printz Kopelson, Zaun Lee,
Mona Kamal, Maia Cruz Palileo, Antonia A. Perez, Courtney Puckett, Jacolby
Satterwhite, Rosemary Taylor, and Lauren Tickle. The free exhibition is open to
the public Tuesday through Saturday for viewing in both the William P. Miller
Gallery and the newly renovated Community Gallery located at 161-04
Jamaica Avenue, in the heart of the Jamaica transit hub.
JCAL’s Studio LLC is a yearlong program that provides emerging artists with the
practical skills and training that they will need to market themselves as artists, set
up and manage studios and handle the unique challenges that are part and
parcel of an artist’s everyday life. In the fall of 2010, JCAL announced an open
call for emerging artists, who were within three years of their most recent
degree, to submit an application. Through a panel process, sixteen artists were
selected for admission to the program that began with the first seminar on tax
issues in January 2011.
Subsequently, the artists have been meeting for a monthly seminar and for a
monthly visit to one of the participating artist’s studio. The seminar series has
brought in an outstanding line up of professionals and established artists who
have been sharing their experience and knowledge with the artists. Covered
during these sessions were a wide range of subjects pertaining to the business of
being an artist including medical and other insurances, grant writing, curatorial
practices, gallery operation and coping with negative reviews.
In order to broaden their horizons, the artists are also making a monthly visit to
one of their member’s studio. The studio visits offered the artists the opportunity
to learn more about each other’s work and to share experiences. These visits
also served to foster a spirit of collaboration through feedback sessions and
information exchanges. In addition, the visits provided an opportunity for the
artists to improve their skills in critical thinking and to come to understand the
work of their contemporaries.
The yearlong program caps off with the upcoming exhibition that features works
of all artists, except one who could not contribute his work due to an unforeseen
circumstance. The exhibition is meant to celebrate a transitional point in the
careers of the young artists, a point at which they hopefully will have achieved
a better understanding of the practical and business elements of being an artist.
Program graduates are likely to come away with a much more mature and
sophisticated outlook on the challenges they face as artists.
The Studio LLC Program is one of JCAL’s signature visual arts programs. For
almost 40 years, JCAL has served as an arts oasis in a section of New York City
where cultural opportunities are extremely limited. Created in 1972 as part of an
effort to revitalize Jamaica, JCAL has earned a reputation for inspiring youth to
take an interest in the arts, showcasing the talents of up and coming local artists
and performers, and creating dynamic multicultural programs and workshops
that have been embraced by the community. Each year, tens of thousands of
visitors of all ages, backgrounds and skill sets pass through its doors to attend
classes and workshops, view art exhibitions and attend performances.