‘I was very touched to have been approached earlier this year and asked to join the board of Triangle Arts Association – a 30-year old organization devoted to hosting workshop and residency programs for international artists. My first encounter with Triangle was in 2006, when I worked as a workshop facilitator and helped to assist artists, run errands and pitch-in, along with a number of board members, to wrap-up at the end of lively dinners each night. I was assisting Sarah Walko at that time, then a newcomer like me and now (the exceptional!) Executive Director of the organization.
‘Over the past six years, as I have begun to find my footing as a painter and writer, Triangle has been a peculiarly constant presence in my life. This is due in part to the fact that as an organization Triangle is a naturally social entity, one that welcomes visitors warmly and often to events such as open studios, exhibitions and lectures. Always well-attended, these gatherings are held with a minimum of fuss. I think, however, that the sort of connection so many feel towards Triangle, representing as it does a kind of very extended family, is related to the sincerely shared interest that the association sparks and supports. I have found that those involved with this fluid organization – artists, alumni, staff and trustees – are, almost without exception and despite their many differences, deeply committed individuals. They are all, in some way or another, actively engaged with the pursuit of better understanding the nature and potential of visual art being made today.
‘Having been able to follow many of the artists through and after the workshop and residency program over the years, I can say – on the occasion of the workshop’s 30th anniversary – that it is not only a truly unique program of its kind, but in the fragmented context of contemporary art, an increasingly important one. Read the rest of this entry →