Jacob Rhodes (‘01 Fine Arts)
Field Projects is an artist-run project space and online venue dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists. Centered on short-term curatorial projects, Field Projects presents monthly exhibitions at its Chelsea location in addition to pop-up exhibitions throughout New York City. Artists and curators are invited to submit their work for consideration in future exhibitions through open calls.
I balance my time between my studio and the gallery. As director, I curate shows, handle PR, head new projects like our open call, do studio visits, and make sales. I’ve learned how simple professionalism can make a huge difference. I’m usually working on two or three projects at once, and spend a lot of my time working with other artists. If artists are easy to work with; respond quickly to e-mails; are engaged with the project; and do their homework about our gallery, I will do everything in my power to promote them and their work.
I’ve also learned that an artist-gallery relationship goes both ways. The gallery brings the artist into a community of collectors, curators, artists, and network of friends, and is looking for the artist to do the same for the gallery. An artist’s work is what initially attracts a gallery to them but a active role in both communities is what keeps the relationship going. Galleries are interested in artists who make their own career. I’ve always curated shows, and see this as an extension of my own art practice. Curating a good show is like making art. I also see a lot of art through a crit group I started after grad school. As an artist, you are already your own business. Opening a gallery and promoting the work I like and respect was just an extension of that.
Thank, you Otis!
When I was at Otis, I took a class with Soo Kim in which we curated shows in the Bolsky Gallery. She really opened up my vision of what curating could be, and how it could cross over with my own artistic practice.