I’ve been on staff at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for almost 7 months now. Here are a few of my favorite videos, a mix of projects for exhibitions, education, and marketing/promotion:
On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT.
Annie Ward Love, a senior at Freeman High School in Richmond, VA, helped bring INSIDE OUT to her high school cafeteria where the diverse student body often remains segregated. Students, teachers, and staff galvanized around the idea, hoping that the portraits will help everyone to truly see each other.
This winter/spring I produced two videos for the University of Richmond–both amazing and inspiring projects!
First, Partners in the Arts (PIA) trains educators to integrate the arts into their preK-12 curriculum. PIA offers an institute ever summer to support teachers in building lesson plans and engage in collaborative practices that can be taken back into the classroom.
Secondly, the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) connects UR and Richmond communities in collaborative and sustained partnerships. To celebrate the CCE’s 10th anniversary, I created a video with voices from alumni and footage of current students and projects.
A few weeks ago I visited my twin nieces in Boston. We were trapped inside during the snow storm, so I got a lot of footage! This is a sequel to the video I made when they were 1-month old:
What drives artists? What do they struggle with, delight in, come back to time and again?
It was an honor to film and produce six short artist profiles, in which the artists themselves attempt to answer these questions.
“Each person shines with his or her own light. No two flames are alike. There are big flames and little flames, flames of every color. Some people’s flames are so still they don’t even flicker in the wind, while others have wild flames that fill the air with sparks. Some foolish flames neither burn nor shed light, but others blaze with life so fiercely that you can’t look at them without blinking, and if you approach, you shine in the fire.”
–Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces
Big news: I started working full-time this week as a videographer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!
I wasn’t really looking for a full-time job, honestly, and would not have pursued a job from just any organization. The VMFA videographer position was enticing because I know (from doing previous contract work with the museum) that there is a treasure trove of stories here.
Working in freelance, I’ve gotten a broad view of many organizations which do all kinds of amazing work. Now at VMFA, I get to dive deep into one place and hopefully use a greater variety of techniques and styles of storytelling.
What are my hopes? I simply hope to create videos that people love to watch and want to share. Videos that inspire people want to visit the museum and keep coming back. Videos that make people proud that the VMFA is here in Richmond. Videos that get people excited to engage with art. Videos that help tell a larger story of an artist or a work of art. Videos that personalize the museum, that tell that story of people behind-the-scenes. Videos that are beautifully shot and creatively produced.
Here is another fun video I produced for Sabot at Stony Point school: