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Hey Atlanta Artists, Amber Boardman Wants to Talk to You

Amber Boardman in her Sydney studio.
Amber Boardman in her Sydney studio. She’s holding one-on-one workshops with artists prior to her exhibition at Sandler Hudson, which opens on Sept 8. (Photo: Louisa Eagleton)

Amber Boardman is back in Atlanta for her “Regrowth” exhibition at Sandler Hudson, and some related workshops for artists. The former Atlantan, who earned her BFA from Georgia State University in 2003 and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2009, now lives in Australia [see our Studio Visit from 2015]. Her show features colorful paintings that are “about the absurd things women do to alter their appearance,” from dyeing their hair to plastic surgery. She considers the portraits to be “visual representations of emotions and insecurities,” but stresses that she is not making fun. “What they do to themselves is like an art form.”

Amber Boardman, Regrowth
Amber Boardman, Regrowth, 2016; oil on panel, 17 by 15½ inches.

In conjunction with her exhibition, Boardman is looking for artists to participate in free one-on-one 45-minute “workshops,” essentially portfolio reviews or coaching sessions. She says she didn’t want to blow into town, have a show, and then leave. She sees her show as a jumping-off point to reconnect with the Atlanta community.

“Exhibitions have often felt one-sided to me,” says Boardman, who came up with this format as a way to have a more meaningful dialogue around an exhibition. “I want to know what others are working on, and I also want to know how my ideas are being received. I believe exhibitions can be more meaningful and interactive than the traditional model of showing work.”

Boardman is asking participants to bring their portfolios for discussion and will offer feedback as a fellow artist, university lecturer, and PhD student. Sessions may include help writing grant proposals or artist statements, as well as dialogue with Boardman about her and each participant’s practice.

If you want to participate, click on one of the links to register for a time slot:

Aug 28: 10am – 4:30pm – Hosted by Flux Projects at the Elevator Factory

Sep 1: 11am – 5pm – Hosted by MOCA GA

Sep 7: 11am – 5pm – Hosted by Sandler Hudson Gallery

Boardman’s exhibition opens on September 8, 7-9pm, at Sandler Hudson. An artist talk will be held on September 9 at 2pm, led by Louis Corrigan. The show runs through October 14. 

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