Understanding & Sustaining Your Practice / A 6-week Workshop

Start Date / Time: June 15, 2023 6:00 pm

End Date / Time: July 20, 2023 6:00 pm

Venue: Online Via Zoom

Price: Sliding Scale


Understanding & Sustaining Your Practice, a Six-Week Workshop / Professional Development
Thursdays, June 15 – July 20, 6-7:30 p.m. PST
Sliding Scale (Registration ends, Wednesday June 14, 10 a.m.)

Program Overview:

This six-week workshop series, led by multidisciplinary artist and educator, Chris E. Vargas offers you the space to develop your artistic identity alongside core materials of your artist portfolio, including artists statement, biographies, and documentation of your work. By gaining a better understanding of who you are as an artist, you can gain a deeper relationship with your studio practice, a clearer picture of where you want to take your work, and ways you can sustain your practice for creative longevity.

This series is for artists of all disciplines and career stages.


  • Identity and Values
  • Researching Opportunities and Ways Artists Support Themselves
  • Artist Biographies and Artist Statements
  • Work Samples and Documentation
  • Building Audience
  • Talking About Your Work

About the Instructor

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist. He earned his MFA from the Art Practice department at Berkeley in 2011. His work deploys humor and performance to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory. He is the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, a critical and conceptual arts & hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape. In 2016 he received a Creative Capital award in the Emerging Field category, in 2020, he was a John C. Guggenheim fellow, and in 2020 he was a. His forthcoming book an extension of MOTHA, Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects (2023, co-edited with Christina Linden and David Evans Frantz) brings together a wide-ranging selection of artworks and artifacts that highlight the under-recognized histories of trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming communities.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $15 million in individual artists through grant programs and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at artisttrust.org.

Have Questions?
Email Program Manager Grace Nakahara

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