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The Artist's Role


Wednesdays 6-8pm  |  July 11, 18, 25

Instructors:  Jason Vivona with special guests Tim Maslow, Clifford Smith, Haley Oestreich, Gretchen Knapp

In this course, we will dive deep into a conversation about the artist’s role in creative society.  Mixed-media artist Jason Vivona will lead a series of discussions on site-specific art, the relationship of the artist to their surrounding environment, and the importance of  inter-disciplinary collaboration.  Jason’s own artistic career has centered around collaboration  - most often between sculpture, painting, the culinary arts, and entrepreneurism.  He’ll teach aspects of his physical process, such as sewing and cutting and dying paper, as well as reference a range of environmental influences, including how his residence at Craigardan will influence his studio practices.

Jason will be joined by fellow collaborators and special guests, Tim Maslow, Clifford Smith, Haley Oestreich, Gretchen Knapp and others.  Tim is an award-winning chef, restaurant owner, and frequent collaborator for restaurant design and pop up dinners down to the last presentation detail.  Clifford and Haley are noted mixologists with influences that range from Korean food to politics and will be discussing their latest plans to open a gallery, bar and restaurant as a collaborative space.  Gretchen is a NYC based artist, musician, activist, chef and 18-year collaborator with Jason.

Participants can expect to see, hear, touch, and taste their way through this discussion-based course.  

Course Fee:  $60  |  includes course materials and light fare

Min. 4, Max. 10


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Jason Matthew Vivona was born in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Creation has always been priority-one for this individual, whether it be art, music, surfing, cooking, skateboarding, or cycling.  Excited to pursue professional opportunities, Jason escaped his college career a bit early to travel around the continent as an artist and sponsored skateboarder.  Since then, he has exhibited his work around the world, living a nomadic lifestyle and creating throughout, as well as maintaining a level of collaboration with other artists, creatives and companies, to keep pushing the creative process forward.  He is currently traversing the United States, making art and collaborating with other like-minded folks.  This summer, Jason is heading to Boston to work with Timothy Maslow on his new culinary venture, designing aesthetics for the interior of his new restaurant.  Afterward, Jason will be an artist-in-residence at Craigardan.  He is ecstatic to work within this inspired community; sharing ideas, creating and exploring this new environment.  

Earlier Event: July 9
Clay Camp!