Union Project Supports Local Emerging Artists Through a New Project – the Artist Spotlight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October, 10, 2016. Pittsburgh, PA

The Artist Spotlight is a new project launched by Union Project in support of local emerging artists. The project aims to feature locally made artwork online, highlights one artist for one to two months, and provides retail and professional development opportunities to the artists. The first Artist Spotlight will feature local ceramics artist and arts educator, Carina Kooiman, who is also a member of Union Project’s Ceramics Cooperative and the Art Studio Coordinator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Kooiman will be showcasing her new work in limited quantities on Union Project’s online store from November 21st, 2016 to January 5th, 2017.

Union Project strives to offer artist development opportunities and improve economic impact for artists. The Artist Spotlight was developed to support artists who are trying to earn a living by making and selling quality artwork. Artists will work with Union Project to create and promote their work to a wider audience while developing practical and important skill sets in pricing, branding, marketing, shipping and handling for their business and career. Union Project is expending its current services to evolve into a multifaceted supporter for local emerging artists.

Union Project has provided artist services through various arts partnerships, sales events, affordable studio space, and programs like the Artist in Residence, the Ceramics Cooperative, and Open Studio hours for artists who don’t have a studio to make ceramic work. The Artist Spotlight is one of the new initiatives Union Project is implementing to better support artists and their practices.

Visit Union Project’s online store before the Artist Spotlight launch date to support by shop local and shop small. For more information, please visit Union Project’s website or contact Stephanie Sun at stephanie@unionproject.org or 412.363.4550.

Union Project is an arts and community nonprofit that uses the arts to bridge gaps between communities. Employing an arts-as-social practice model and lead by core values of Inclusivity, Arts and Artists, Collaboration, and Joy, UP embraces a DIT (Do It Together) philosophy that empowers community members to solve problems, strengthen social ties, and build community wealth across race, economic status, age, and ability level.


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