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UCIRA Artist Karen Atkinson Presents: Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST)

Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA
06/18/2012 – 08/06/2012 Mondays 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


The Armory Center for the Arts invites you to register for the Summer 2012 GYST workshop


If you are anywhere in the LA area and are looking to kick-start your art career, get organized, and learn just about everything it takes to make it in the art worlds, then this class is just what you’ve been looking for. Learn how to make things happen for your career and get one-on-one feedback from leading LA critics, curators, and gallery owners.


About the Class:


Created by artist, curator, and legendary CalArts professor Karen Atkinson, Getting Your Sh*t Together (GYST) is the often-imitated workshop for emerging artists and artists who’ve been “emerging” longer than they expected. Over 400 artists have graduated from GYST since 2002 and their continued success and contributions to the art world are what gives GYST such a great reputation.


GYST teaches you the business stuff you should have learned in art school, but didn’t. GYST values self-sufficiency and presents you with information, skills, and strategies to make things happen without necessarily waiting around for some arbiter of culture to validate your work. We’re not concerned with producing slick, commercialized artists, nor is this some new age, touchy-feely “find your inner artist” crap. GYST is a program for artists, by artists that will teach you bare-knuckled, practical strategies for negotiating the baffling terrain of the contemporary art world, whether you are interested in working with galleries, or creating a DIY or social practice.


Over 8-weeks, you’ll create and refine your “presentation package,” artist statement, bio, resume, portfolio, and more, with the full editorial and technical support of GYST staff.


GYST culminates with Curator Speed Dating (when we can). Get real-world feedback on your portfolio and proposals from some of the area’s hottest curators. Past curators have been LA Times Art Critic David Pagel, LACE Director Carol Stakenas, LA Weekly Critic Doug Harvey, Artillery Magazine Editor Tulsa Kinney, Critic Shana Nys Dambrot, and Christopher Russell from the Getty Research Institute.


Students also get a complimentary copy of the new GYST software, which usually retails for $129. The MAC and PC based program is packed with all the organizing tools and information resources every artist needs.


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