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Go Fund It! Creative Funding for Individual Artists

Saturday, June 9, 4:30 – 6:30 PM

How do artists fund their creative practice?


Cassils, COLA 2018 Visual Artist, moderated a panel of artists and arts professionals who shared their experiences involving grants, residencies, fellowships, and other available resources for individual artists. Participants also discussed additional models of support in today’s social and political climate. The conversation concluded with a Q&A.

About Cassils

Cassils uses the physical body as sculptural mass to rupture societal norms. Implementing rigorous physical training and a queered perspective of kinesiology and sports science, they formally manipulate the body into shapes that defy expectations. Cassils performs transgender not as crossing from one sex to another, but as a continual becoming; a process-oriented way of being that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, and Hollywood cinema, Cassils creates a visual language that is at once emotionally striking and conceptually incisive.   Recent exhibitions include: a museum solo show at MU (NL),Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia) and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (NYC), screenings at ICA (London), performances at The National Theater Studio (London) and commissions by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Pacific Standard Time). Cassils writings are published in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society and Commerce By Artists, edited by Art Metropole. Listed by the Huffington Post as one of 10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art and featured on the covers of multiple journals (TDR, Performance Research and College Art Association’s Art Journal). Cassils received a MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) Award (2013), Visual Artist Fellowship from the Canada Council of the Arts (2012-13), California Community Foundation Grant (2013), Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Fellowship (2014), ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art (2014), Creative Capital Grant (2015), Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2017), and a United States Artists Fellowship (2018).