Free, Workshop

Emerge Seminar

CAM and The Luminary team up for the third season of The Luminary’s popular seminar series, Emerge. These free programs can be taken á la carte or as a whole suite of professional development for emerging artists looking to gain vital tools and inside knowledge into the professional practices that go into exhibiting and selling art, managing creative businesses, and overall artistic development.

The Luminary began offering this program series in fall 2022 in direct response to requests made by St. Louis’ creative communities. The workshops, produced with local leaders in the field, are practical and directly applicable to artists in the early stages of their careers. The Emerge series expands its reach this season through a partnership with CAM, staying free of charge while expanding its community touch points, emphasizing more community-building for artists of St. Louis.

October 11: José Garza on How to Engage in Critique and Interpretation
In this seminar, artist José Garza will explore how to better understand your work by engaging in artistic critique. The meaning of a work of art is not solely determined by the artist’s intent, academics, or other gatekeepers. Art is a subjective experience, and that is what makes it so meaningful, transformative, liberating, and even dangerous to some. This seminar will be an introduction to the interpretation of visual art and provide an opportunity to hone critical dialogue skills. The format will be informal and conversational and will rely on collaboration and co-creation to apply and expand on the basic concepts of interpretation. Be prepared to contribute through observation, discourse, and artmaking. No previous experience with art or art history is required.

Location: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Doors open at 5:45 pm

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About José Garza
José Garza was born along the Mexico/US border. He is a St. Louis-based artist and educator who draws inspiration from a wide range of cultural and subcultural sources. He works between traditional and new media including photography, video, sculpture, drawing, curated exhibitions and screenings, ad hoc libraries, performances, and co-creations. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including the 2017 Biennale di Spazio Pubblico in Rome, 2019 Counterpublic Triennial, and Border Control at Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan.

Currently, he’s the Museum Academic Programs Coordinator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, is a part time faculty member in Photography and Social Practice at Saint Louis University, and serves on the boards of the Tarble Arts Center, Latinx Arts Network, The Luminary, and New Music Circle. Before deciding on a full-time career in visual art and education, he served in the US Navy for eight years.

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