Artist Mentorship Program (AMP)

Artist mentorship program 

Zea Mays Printmaking is offering a unique opportunity for artists seeking to deepen their artistic practice while developing their printmaking skills. The Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) pairs each participating artist with a Zea Mays Printmaking faculty member who serves as their Primary Mentor. Working closely together on a self-designed course, the mentor is there to guide the artist through technical and conceptual challenges, helping refine the artist’s eye and skill.

Regardless of age, experience and past art training, the Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) is open to all artists who wish to engage in a sustained studio experience designed to sharpen their abilities as artists and as printmakers.

Developing one’s work over time and absorbing new approaches to technique can challenge the content, the expression, and the visual elements of one’s art making practice.  Mentorship can provide support, insight and clarity during the often challenging, artistic process. Mentors will respond to ongoing work, providing guidance, feedback and encouragement.

This program can specifically help an artist deepen his/her artistic practice within the field of printmaking, gain technical skills, set goals, resolve aesthetic issues, prepare a portfolio, complete a project, or approach galleries.

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, this program will be done virtually through online tutorials, demonstrations and conversations.  This program can provide the support you need to keep your artistic practice growing and thriving during these challenging times.

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How it works:

Participants in the Artist Mentorship Program are assigned a Primary Mentor. They discuss how the program can provide a framework and direction for each individual artist. Mentors and mentees work closely to set goals. A mentor may provide demonstrations, printing advice, critiques, editing help, assign readings or research, or recommend resources specific to the participant’s interest — helping the participant work toward and develop a focused practice and deepening the experience of making, looking, and thinking about art. Mentors offer guidance in how to shape an interest into an idea, and an idea into a body of work.  Mentors will also suggest other Zea Mays Printmaking faculty members to work with in the mentorship program.

Mentees do not have to be local.  Past mentees have come from California, Ohio, Maine, New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts as well as Argentina and Australia.  When possible, Mentees can meet with their mentors in person in the studios at Zea Mays Printmaking.

The Details:

AMP55:
AMP55 is for artists who want to deepen their artistic practice, learn new techniques, engage in critical dialogue about their work, develop language, overcome obstacles and generate new work.

  • The program consists of 40 hours of one-on-one work with your mentor over the course of ten months. The hours can be spent as critique, technical instruction, support while making art, goal setting, discussion of readings or trends, career advising, portfolio development, etc. In addition, your mentor will spend 15 non-contact hours in email conversations, research, documentation, etc. to support your mentorship.
  • Mentorship hours can be used to work with your primary mentor, or with other mentors in the program to target specific areas of expertise, or to get a different perspective on your work.
  • You and your mentor design the program to suit your individual desires and availability. At your first meeting you will discuss your interests, goals, artistic practice, obstacles and outline the shape and scope of your mentoring experience.
  • Mentees receive access to all of Zea Mays’ online video tutorials.
  • In addition to your time spent with your mentor, artists must commit to a minimum of 250 hours working independently.
  • Additional hours can be added to the mentorship program at a rate of $65/hour.

When: September 2020 – June 2021 – dates and times of meetings set by Mentee and Mentor

Cost:
$3500 includes:
40 contact hours with mentor
15 non-contact hours by mentor to support mentee
Access to ZMP video tutorials
inclusion in an exhibition in the Sanford Gallery at ZMP upon completion
10% discount on ZMP annual membership (membership is not included)

AMP35
AMP35 is shorter in length and is for artists who 1) have a definite project in mind (upcoming exhibitions, organization and graduate school applications, flat file entries, etc.) and want the technical and professional support to complete a project within a given deadline or 2) who want to develop a personal printmaking practice but require less support or 3) those who want to repeat the program on a more limited basis.

  • The program consists of 25 hours of one-on-one work with your mentor over the course of 4 – 10 months. The hours can be spent as critique, technical instruction, portfolio development, help writing artist statements, exhibition promotion. In addition, your mentor will spend up to 10 non-contact hours in email/phone conversations, research, documentation, etc. to support your mentorship.
  • You and your mentor design the program to suit your individual desires and availability. At your first meeting you will discuss your interests, goals, artistic practice, obstacles and outline the shape and scope of your mentoring experience.
  • Mentorship hours can be used to work with your primary mentor, or with other mentors in the program to target specific areas of expertise, or to get a different perspective on your work.
  • Mentees receive access to all of Zea Mays’ online video tutorials.
  • In addition to your time spent with your mentor, artists must commit to a minimum of 100 hours working independently.
  • Additional hours can be added to the mentorship program at a rate of $65/hour.

When: September 2020 – June 2021 – dates and times of meetings set by Mentee and Mentor

Cost:
$2200 includes
25 contact hours with mentor
10 non-contact hours by mentor to support mentee
inclusion in an exhibition in the Sanford Gallery at ZMP upon completion
access to ZMP video tutorials
10% discount on ZMP annual membership (membership is not included)

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AMP@ZMP 2020/21 is open to 8 artists. Apply for acceptance to the program by filling out the attached application. The applications will be reviewed by the mentors and studio director. Application deadline for the 2019-20 program is July 15, 2020.

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The mentors:

Zea Mays Printmaking faculty members Nancy Diessner,  Lynn Peterfreund,  Meredith Broberg and Joyce Silverstone will serve as the 2020-21 mentors.  These mentors were selected by studio director Liz Chalfin based on their varied technical specialties, their teaching skills, their experience as working artists and their successful experience working in mentor/mentee relationships.  Liz Chalfin will serve as Program Director and will be available for consultations.

Nancy Diessner’s areas of expertise include: photopolymer intaglio platemaking and printing; photopolymer plate alteration and alternative techniques; polyester plate lithography (including Pronto Plates); collagraphy; intaglio printmaking including copper sulfate etching of aluminum; chine colle and printing a la poupe. Read more about Nancy

Lynn Peterfreund’s areas of expertise include all basic monotype techniques: additive and subtractive techniques, color theory, color mixing and layering, color viscosity, transfer drawing, working large and working with mixed media. Also, intaglio techniques: etching, aquatint, drypoint, spit bite, and coffee lift. Experience working in both abstract and representational art. Read more about Lynn

Joyce Silverstone’s areas of expertise include: color theory applied to layering and color mixing for printmakers, viscosity printing techniques, monotype printing on and off the press, layering and combining monotype with woodcut, and alternative relief plates, collage, and polyester plate lithography.   Read more about Joyce

Meredith Broberg‘s areas of expertise include:  a wide range of experience in different media from installation to photography, with a focus on drawing and printmaking, including etching, monotype, photopolymer intaglio.  Read more about Meredith 

Zea Mays Printmaking’s other faculty members can be brought into the AMP experience to teach specific skills.

impressions from past Mentees:

“The Artist Mentorship Program offers a rare opportunity to work closely with an experienced and gifted artist/teacher to share ideas (or smoke them out), craft a workflow that works, and fluidly evolve a project–even when life gets in the way. And when doesn’t it? Thank you, Zea Mays for offering an invaluable growth opportunity. Inspired and inspiring.” – Deb Noyes (2018-19 mentee)

“I expected that my mentorship would be full of learning, but it was a glorious surprise to find how widely the process has ranged, and the unexpected directions it has taken. Each time my mentor and I meet, I leave with an armload of encouragement and ideas about pathways that my current work might be suggesting – a rich lode that I will be mining for years to come.
I also have been learning, with my mentor’s kind and impeccable insights into my process, that I don’t have to do everything all at once. I will be leaving my mentorship experience with resources, ideas, freedoms, and a sense of adventure that will sustain my practice well into the future. ” – Ann Miller (2018-19 mentee)

“The mentorship gave me the opportunity as a beginner printmaker to dive into the infinite possibilities of monotypes. With the expert guidance, and critique of both Joyce Silverstone and Lynn Peterfreund,  I leaned into new, unexplored and more complex practices and techniques which have and will continue to deeply impact my work.”
Cindy Chandler-Guy (2018-19 mentee)

“My mentorship at ZMP with Joyce Silverstone was just what I needed. I am primarily an en plein air painter who wanted to expand my imagery and to learn more about printmaking. Joyce is a great listener, a wise advisor and an energizing cheerleader. Many times I didn’t really know what I wanted but had only a clue, she helped me hone that in. Joyce is such an inspirational teacher, she really helped me make the work happen.
Going back over my application essay and reading my goals, needs and processes, I am reminded that I accomplished what I set out to do. One goal was that I wanted to learn more about myself as an artist, through understanding my processes and listening much more carefully to my own voice. So how do you teach that!? Well, Joyce and the generous folks and space of ZMP allowed me to expand my thinking, my possibilities and my capabilities. I learned during my mentorship, to slow down and tune into my own thoughts and voice. This I feel was the biggest take-away, one that I feel will last my artistic life time.
The work I completed during my mentorship, opened a door in a way that I think would have taken much, much longer to have done alone or on my own. Plus, the people at Zea Mays are truly wonderful and accomplished. I also had the opportunity to worked with Liz and Lynnand feel fortunate to have this experience.” – Gretchen Jacobs (2016/17 mentee)

“The Mentorship Program experience has been extremely valuable for me. Having someone to talk to about my work in general, and individual pieces in particular, over the extended period of a year (and longer) has helped me to:

  • Identify and connect to the larger arc of my work and goals
  • Learn to ask myself questions about my work as I go along, that help make it better
  • Choose topics and techniques to learn and try to master (color, color mixing, mark making, value, composition)
  • Think about my work in the context of art history
  • Discover particular artists to follow and study
  • Consciously collect images and writings that inspire me,
  • Speak and write about my own work more clearly

Lynn is a joy to work with. Our discussions about art and life and the intersections of both were very meaningful and inspiring. She shares from a wealth of knowledge and experience with great respect and care. I appreciate the way she has structured our work around my particular work and goals. Lynn and Liz have helped me find ways to make the mentorship work in spite of the challenges of the distance of my home (in NYC) and family commitments.
In preparing to write this summary of my experience, I printed out and re-read the notes Lynn sent after each of our session. These are a great resource for me to look back at. There are many suggestions of things to look at, to try, to think about. I feel verygrateful for the experience of the Mentorship program, and I think I now have a more organized framework for my art practice. I look forward to finding ways to continue this process. ” – Nancy Doniger (2016/17 mentee)

“Participating in the Artist Mentorship Program at Zea Mays Printmaking has given me a sense of where I want to go in my work. Having a great mentor to lean on and give constructive feedback during our meetings and support as I move further into the many techniques available in printmaking. My way of working is task oriented and my mentor has realized that having definite projects to work on for each session is very much my style. I feel the mentor puts emphasis on recognizing how my background fits best for the work I want to do and thus provides me with reasonable pressure to accomplish that. Getting acquainted with the studio and the equipment is important in order to feel secure while working independently – learning this is also a part of working with a mentor. I feel respected by my mentor and encouraged to try new ways.” – Edda Sigurðardóttir (2016/17 mentee)

“I was awarded my first artist residency: a week in a dune shack on Cape Cod National Seashore. I felt I needed some artistic guidance to develop the work created during the residency into a uniform body of work.  A print project mentorship with Zea Mays was the perfect solution for me.  Conversations with my mentor before the residency began triggered ideas and artwork created on site.  Development of print imagery after the residency has been enhanced by further interaction; critiques, short demonstrations of print technique and color use tailored to me were extremely useful and gently steered me down my artistic path. We even came up with a new print technique!” – Louise Wallendorf, (2016/17 mentee)

“I wanted three things from my Zea Mays mentorship: a deepening knowledge of printmaking, an increased confidence in my work and in myself as an artist, and a greater sense of myself as a part of a community of artists. I got all three from working with Joyce this year. I will always have more to learn—this is one of the joys of the work—and it is the mentorship that has opened these possibilities to me. I cannot praise it (and Zea Mays) too highly.” – Sarah Thomson (2015/16 mentee)