All over the country, Community Supported Art programs (CSAs) are popping up as a creative way to connect artists with collectors. Inspired by agricultural share programs (also called CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture), where shares of a local farm are purchased in exchange for regular deliveries of produce, the art version also offers deliveries of bounty to shareholders.
For the Crusade CSA, fifty shares are made available to the public for $400 per share. Six totally amazing photographers are commissioned to create an image for shareholders in an edition of 50. Every other month, shareholders receive two original, signed photographs in the mail, totaling six images over the course of half a year.
Strengthening the photography community, supporting the careers of emerging artists, and cultivating collectors - that's what Crusade for Art is all about.
CSA Photographers - Round 2
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For our second CSA round, the following six photographers will be commissioned to create an original photograph or other photography-based art piece in an edition of 50. The images you see below are not the photographs you will receive as a CSA shareholder - they are just examples of the types of work these photographers create and are representative of what shareholders can expect.
Each piece is an 8x10 size or larger, except where noted.
Angela Bacon-Kidwell is an award-winning photographer and visual artist who lives and works in Texas. Angela has a BFA from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, with specialization in painting and photography. Her photographic work has received numerous awards and honors and has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Recent awards and recognitions include: 2014 Critical Mass Top 50 Finalist, nomination for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography in 2011, Finalist for the John Clarence Laughlin Award, First place in the Palm Springs Photo Festival, First Place in the Texas Photographic Society International Competition and 2012 lecture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. She is currently represented by Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA and Galerie BMG, Woodstock, NY.
Amy Friend received a BFA Honours degree and BEd degree from York University, Toronto and an MFA from the University of Windsor. Currently she teaches Fine Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Friend has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Galerie Riviere/Faiveley, Houston Center for Photography, The Center for Fine Arts Photography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, among others.
John Brinton Hogan's work investigates matters concerning land use, the commodification of "wilderness," and the temporal character of human civilization.
His photographic and mixed-media pieces have been displayed in numerous institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Center for Land Use Interpretation, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, and are held by individual and corporate collections worldwide.
He lives and works in the western United States.
Ben Huff currently lives in Juneau where he teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast and works on personal long-term projects. His work has been featured in national and international publications and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. His first monograph, The Last Road North, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2014.
Kurt Simonson is an artist/educator whose work explores the longings and tensions that surround our ideas of home, community and identity. Kurt's work is regularly exhibited throughout the country and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon, and exhibits at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado), RayKo Photo Center (San Francisco, California), and the Foto8 Gallery in London, England. Kurt teaches at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Art Department.
S. Gayle Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and has worked in antiquarian photographic processes for over fifteen years. Her work was included in the book Inventing Reality, New Orleans Visionary Photography, North Light Press published a book of Stevens’ work, Calligraphy, and Christopher James will feature her work in the third edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Stevens’ work is part of the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Rockford Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. Stevens is represented by Tilt Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ , Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston,TX, and Gallery Kayafas in Boston, MA.
S. Gayle Stevens will be creating original 3" x 3" tintype photograms for CSA shareholders. View more of her work here.
CSA Photographers - Round 1
For our first CSA round, the following six photographers were commissioned to create an original photograph, artist book, or other photography-based art piece in an edition of 50. The images you see below are not the photographs CSA shareholders received - they are just examples of the types of work these photographers create and are representative of what shareholders can expect.
Each piece is an 8x10 size or larger.
Jennifer Greenburg is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago. Her work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Ontario. A full-length monograph, The Rockabillies, 2009, by Jennifer Greenburg was published by the Center for American Places.
Kerry Mansfield graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in photography. Shortly thereafter Kerry returned to CCA (California College of the Arts) to refine her sensibilities for space and volume by studying architecture. Exhibitions of Kerry’s photographs have been mounted in galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Her work has garnered several national and international awards.
Thomas Jackson spent much of his career in New York as an editor and book reviewer for magazines. His work has been shown at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Jackson was named one of the Critical Mass Top 50 in 2012, won the “installation/still-life” category of PDN’s The Curator award in 2013, and earned second place in CENTER's Curator's Choice Award in 2014. He lives in San Francisco.
Joshua Meier is an award-winning artist and educator whose images have been shown nationally in both solo and group exhibitions, including shows at The Center for Fine Art Photography, The Missoula Art Museum, Newspace Center for Photography, The Kiernan Gallery, and Flatbed Press in Austin. Joshua attended and taught for Rocky Mountain School of Photography before going on to receive his MFA from the University of Tulsa. He currently resides in Middletown, Delaware where he is Head of Photography at St. Andrew's School.
Shane Lavalette is an American photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette, and the Director of Light Work. He holds a BFA from Tufts University in partnership with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Aperture Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musée de l’Elysée, among others. Lavalette is currently based in Upstate New York.
Heather Evans Smith is an award winning fine art and conceptual portrait photographer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her work captures both the everyday and the whimsical, telling stories of women and struggle, reality and the surreal.
Smith’s work has been featured in solo and joint exhibitions, magazines, literary journals and online publications. She conducts creativity workshops around the country. Recently, she was chosen as winner of Ron Howard’s Project Imagination. In the fall of 2013 her winning image was brought to life in a short film directed by Jamie Foxx.