Artists in residence at McGuffey Art Center
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Artists in residence at McGuffey Art Center

Cville
Jun 29
/
6 min read

McGuffey Art Center artists get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting

Art is made to push boundaries. That’s nothing new, but when artists get their hands on the latest tools, tech and Internet access, they can continue their important work and even grow into boundary-pushing small businesses.

McGuffey Art Center enables that exact kind of work. One of the oldest artist-run associations in the country, McGuffey makes its home in the old McGuffey Elementary School building located at the corner of West Market Street and 2nd Street North West, just off the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA. Here, 40 studios, five galleries and a gift shop are open to the public six days a week, free of charge.

We got the chance to sit down with Leah Stoddard, Development Director of McGuffey and talk about this thriving community of artists, exhibitors, teachers, and small business owners.

Practicing art at McGuffey

The studios in-house at McGuffey host over 50 working visual and performing artists. These studios are bright, beautiful, renovated classrooms from the days of the McGuffey School building (1916). These artists in residence hold open studio hours, literally with the doors to their studio open, and visitors are encouraged to drop in and speak with artists about their work.

This creates an incredible level of access, both for artists and the community. Artists are able to strike up conversations about their work, and network with visitors, which can lead to sales on their online stores and even the commissioning of work.

“Through McGuffey, artists can speak directly to the public,” said Stoddard. “The wonderful part about that is where once people might have had a general vision of an artist, they can see that there’s a person working hard in the arts as a career. That demystifies the profession and it creates access.”

Members at McGuffey extend beyond those who work in studio, with over 100 Associate Artists work off-site, participating in exhibitions, teaching classes at McGuffey, and participating in Association meetings, extending McGuffey far into the local community and into the social bedrock of Charlottesville.

McGuffey also offers an Incubator studio program to emerging artists. Through an application process, McGuffey incubating artists have a chance to work in the studio and receive vital mentorship from McGuffey artists, all while developing a body of work to be shown in exhibition.

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Christine Ottoni
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Christine is a writer and past contributor to Mural.

Artists in residence at McGuffey Art Center
6 min read

Artists in residence at McGuffey Art Center

Cville
Jun 29
/
6 min read

McGuffey Art Center artists get crazy fast fiber Internet from Ting

Art is made to push boundaries. That’s nothing new, but when artists get their hands on the latest tools, tech and Internet access, they can continue their important work and even grow into boundary-pushing small businesses.

McGuffey Art Center enables that exact kind of work. One of the oldest artist-run associations in the country, McGuffey makes its home in the old McGuffey Elementary School building located at the corner of West Market Street and 2nd Street North West, just off the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA. Here, 40 studios, five galleries and a gift shop are open to the public six days a week, free of charge.

We got the chance to sit down with Leah Stoddard, Development Director of McGuffey and talk about this thriving community of artists, exhibitors, teachers, and small business owners.

Practicing art at McGuffey

The studios in-house at McGuffey host over 50 working visual and performing artists. These studios are bright, beautiful, renovated classrooms from the days of the McGuffey School building (1916). These artists in residence hold open studio hours, literally with the doors to their studio open, and visitors are encouraged to drop in and speak with artists about their work.

This creates an incredible level of access, both for artists and the community. Artists are able to strike up conversations about their work, and network with visitors, which can lead to sales on their online stores and even the commissioning of work.

“Through McGuffey, artists can speak directly to the public,” said Stoddard. “The wonderful part about that is where once people might have had a general vision of an artist, they can see that there’s a person working hard in the arts as a career. That demystifies the profession and it creates access.”

Members at McGuffey extend beyond those who work in studio, with over 100 Associate Artists work off-site, participating in exhibitions, teaching classes at McGuffey, and participating in Association meetings, extending McGuffey far into the local community and into the social bedrock of Charlottesville.

McGuffey also offers an Incubator studio program to emerging artists. Through an application process, McGuffey incubating artists have a chance to work in the studio and receive vital mentorship from McGuffey artists, all while developing a body of work to be shown in exhibition.

Christine Ottoni
Contributor

Christine is a writer and past contributor to Mural.