I came down to North Carolina in 2010 to get my MFA. I was living in New York City at the time, and scared to move to the South and to Greensboro, a city I didn’t know. Carl Plansky, an incredible artist and the founder of Williamsburg Paints, tried to assure me I was making a good move. “They like art for the right reasons down there,” he said. And I’ve found that to be true.
Now I’m exploring the state and trying to assess my art community. This blog is a record of that search and the attempt to make a new home by finding the artists who are making bad-ass work and sustaining an art practice in a place that I’ve found to be full of opportunities – and challenges.
I came here after working as a professional new media journalist for 10 years. I studied filmmaking at the University of Massachusetts and have worked for Florentine Films, which is Ken Burns’ film company, and helped produce a documentary feature, Marmato, that went to the Sundance Film Festival. I have been published by MSNBC.com, the New York Times, and Hyperallergic.com. I received my MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I also taught art and design. I’ve also taught at Bennett College and Elon University.