The Collective Art Tank to Host Artist Statement Workshop

The Collective Art Tank

529 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

ASBURY PARK, NJ (Feb. 24, 2014) – The Collective Art Tank, a collaboration between Asbury Park-based artist and gallery owner John Viggiano with Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté ŕ Paris, industry leaders in fine art materials, today announced it will invite professional artist Eric Valosin to host an Artist Statement Workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The class, part of The Collective Art Tank's ongoing March schedule, will mark an opportunity for professional artists who struggle with the much-dreaded artist statement to receive constructive, thought-provoking criticism as well as tips for improvement. Sought-after guidelines needed to craft a succinct, direct artist statement will be offered as Valosin furthers The Collective Art Tank's mission to provide professional instruction to artists of varying ability levels. A graduate of Montclair State University's Master of Fine Arts program and a coordinator of fine art initiatives at Gravity Arts Initiatives, Valosin will apply his expertise to the instruction of the artist statement. He encourages attendees of his March-8 class to bring a copy of his/her working artist statement as well as two to four images of their artwork to the three-hour class. Established with the goal of supporting artists and art educators in Asbury Park and throughout the region, the Collective Art Tank offers technique-based demos, workshops and classes for artists of every ability level. Additionally, The Collective Art Tank provides artists and art educators with a free space to offer classes to the public. As sponsors of the Collective Art Tank, Liquitex and Winsor & Newton, as well as fine art material brand Conté ŕ Paris, generously offer a sampling of products to be used during the class sessions. Additional classes at The Collective Art Tank this March include: Mar. 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Kids: Contemporary Artist Series 2.1 Mar. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Learn How to Stretch Canvas Mar. 5, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Group Critiques Mar. 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Artists Talk/Work in Progress Mar. 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Kids: Contemporary Artist Series 2.2 Mar. 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Artist Statement Workshop Mar. 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Bookmaking Session 2:2 The Collective Art Tank is located in downtown Asbury Park at 529 Bangs Avenue. Anyone interested in attending an artist talk or group critique at The Collective Art Tank is encouraged to call 732-927-1317. For additional information about the March class schedule or to register for class, please visit or call 732-927-1317. About the March class schedule: Kids: Contemporary Artist Series 2.1 & 2.2 Professional artists John Viggiano and Marta Kepka will lead a two-part class series that will introduce students to contemporary artists who have had an impact on cultural and social norms. Following each introduction, students will be provided an enthusiastic and creative environment in which to create a piece of work similar in style as the featured artist. Kids: Contemporary Artist Series is $25 per session and will run for two consecutive Saturdays. Students must register for both sessions. The class will run with a minimum of eight students and maximum of 12. Potential artists to be discussed include: Sarah Sze, Vik Muniz, Kehinde Wiley, Elizabeth Murray, Julie Mehretu, Mark Dion, Glenn Ligon, Gabriel Orozco, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Richard Tuttle, Jessica Stockholder and Ann Hamilton. Learn How to Stretch Canvas Instructor Mike O'Loughlin will demonstrate the step-by-step process of how to stretch canvas in this hands-on workshop. Each attendee will leave with a well-made canvas. Learn How to Stretch Canvas is $10. To learn more about required class supplies or for more information, visit or email Group Critiques Take advantage of one of the best parts of art school in this Group Critique class at The Collective Art Tank. Bring one work or many to receive constructive criticism in a non-judgmental workshop setting. Group Critiques is $10 and will be offered every first Wednesday of the month. For additional details, email instructor Mike O'Loughlin at Artists Talk/Work in Progress Artists are invited to introduce their work and discuss works-in-progress during this open forum that will be moderated by artists John Vigg and Marta Kepka. Attendees will hone their public speaking skills, resolve works-in-progress and dig into the dialogue and context of their art as the group offers feedback and discussion. Artist Talk/Work in Progress is $20 and includes refreshments. For additional information, please visit or email Artist Statement Workshop This thought-provoking class will not only examine the importance of a powerful artist's statement, but teach attendees how to effectively construct a statement that reflects his/her best work. Instructor Eric Valosin will work with students to analyze and reconstruct his/her current artist statement. Students are encouraged to bring a copy of their most recent artist statement in addition to two to four images of their work. Students can email their statement to Instructor Valosin at prior to the class for review. Artist Statement Workshop is $20; attendees are encouraged to sign-up for the class via Bookmaking Sesssion 2:2 The second class in a two-part series, Bookmaking Session 2.2 will encourage attendees to collect and begin binding their artist book. Artist John Viggiano and Marta Kepka will review layout, story-telling, paper type and binding methods throughout the class. Bookmaking Session 2:2 is $25; attendees are encouraged to register for the class via ### About the Collective Art Tank The Collective Art Tank is the collaboration of John Viggiano, an artist, gallery owner and graphic designer based in Asbury Park, and industry leaders in fine arts materials Liquitex and Winsor & Newton. The education-based collective aims to support artists in Asbury Park and surrounding areas with technique-based demos, workshops and classes, samples of art materials, and exhibition opportunities. The Collective Art Tank is also committed to community outreach by working with and supporting local arts groups in an effort to make Asbury Park and Monmouth County an art destination in the tri-state area. Professional artists who are looking for a space to teach their own classes are encouraged to contact the Collective Art Tank at

Saturday - March 08, 2014


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