INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE

The below text is the current version of the Interview Questionnaire in text format. This publication option is only available to select fellows; responses may be submitted using the form on the fellow guidelines page or sent to the editor by email. 

Please respond to 4-7 of the questions below. The total word count of your responses should be between 1750 - 2250 words. The editor will contact you regarding the texts prior to approval of the final draft. The text may include 3 work samples.

 

Influences No. 1

Describe a work of art that has been meaningful to you or influential in some way.

 

Influences No. 2

What is the first work of art you remember experiencing as a child? Was there something about the experience that influenced your practice or decision to become an artist?

 

Influences No. 3

Tell us about a museum exhibition or travel experience that has influenced your practice in a significant way.

 

Training

How old were you when you decided to become an artist? Describe your training and how it has contributed to your current practice.

 

Themes

What are the dominant themes in your current body of work and how did your practice evolve to focus on these concerns?

 

Methods No. 1

Describe your studio practice and working methods? How does this space contribute to your process and development of idea?

 

Methods No. 2

How do you make your art? Please describe your materials and techniques and how they developed.

 

Time Travel No. 1

You have won an all-expense-paid trip on the Time Machine! Where would you go and why?

 

Time Travel No. 2

If you could travel back in time to hang out with a famous artist for a day, who would it be and what would the day be like?

 

Miscellany

Dogs or cats? Beach or mountains? Urban or rural? Salt or no salt (it’s a margarita thing)?

 

Pedagogy, Arts Admin

Describe your work as an educator or administrator and how this relates to your personal art practice.

 

Music

What kind of music do you listen to? Do you listen to music in the studio?

 

Portfolio No. 1

Tell us about your current body of work? 

 

Portfolio No. 2

What work in your portfolio do you consider your most pivotal accomplishment and why?

 

Exhibition History

Talk about a recent exhibition of your art. What pieces did you show and how do they relate to other works in your portfolio?

 

Artist Residency Experience

Tell us about your experience at an artist residency. Where did you go and who did you meet? Would you recommend the residency to others?

 

Grants, Awards

Describe a grant or award you have received that has contributed to the development of your practice?

 

Challenges

What do you feel, if anything, holds you back in reaching your artistic goals and how do/did you overcome it?

 

Unrealized Project

In the history of art and architecture Eliel Saarinen's unbuilt 1922 design for the Tribune Tower stands out as a work which became influential despite being unrealized. Describe an unrealized project which you consider important to your practice or which you hope to realize in the future. 

 

Alternate Career

If you were not an artist, what would you be?

 

Future

What is next for you in your art practice?

 

Financial No. 1

One of the unfortunate legacies of modern art is a persistent myth in the nobility of the struggling artist. Conversely, a speculative global art market and media coverage of secondary market auction sales creates a skewed perception that financial success is attainable. How does an awareness of the ‘art market’ affect your practice? How have you learned to negotiate market pressures, either in the commercial market or in the academic "market of ideas?”

 

Financial No. 2

Master of Fine Arts degree programs, unlike other graduate degree programs in the humanities, are notoriously underfunded, requiring aspiring artists to acquire student debt. What is your perspective on the issue of student debt, and how has the acquisition of debt affected your vision of your future practice?

 

Art Criticism

One of our missions is to fill a gap in the availability of academic critical writing, providing an alternative to print publications limited by format or budget. Describe the critical apparatus where you live. What obstacles do you face in gaining critical recognition and how have your worked to overcome them?

 

Audience 

Questions of spectatorship and participation in art history and theory have insured that the ‘viewer’ or 'audience’ have become increasingly visible in contemporary art discourses. How does your practice respond or contribute to these conversations?

 

Women in the Arts No. 1

Historically, women have been underrepresented in the commercial and academic art worlds, and where women are represented many are paid less than their male counterparts. How has this dynamic affected your professional career as an artist? 

 

Women in the Arts No. 2

Part of our mission as a publication is to raise awareness about obstacles facing artist mothers. Tell us about your experiences as a working artist and mother.

 

Immigrant Experience

What country were you born in? What has inspired your decision to live and make your art in the United States? Has your experience as an immigrant influenced your art?

 

Identity

How have issues of identity and identity politics influenced your art? How are individual and collective concerns addressed in your work?