Beth Cavener is creating Sculpture
116

patrons

$636
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A Few Words: Why I Would Love to Have Your Support…

For the past 12 years as a full time studio artist, I have had the incredible fortune to be able to support myself by creating and selling the work in order to keep my studio doors open and the lights on.

Studio 740: a place to bring like-minds together
However, the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the rhythm of my working days. Beginning a new group studio project, called Studio 740, here in Helena, MT with my partner, Alessandro Gallo, we are bringing in other artists to work with us, challenge us, and collaborate with projects, ideas, practice, and fuel for the excitement of creating. A lot of our travels internationally and across the US have put us in touch with so many amazing artists from every end of the spectrum, that we were really inspired to create a modest space where we could reciprocate that energy and invite them to come to us.
In addition, I am mentoring 4-8 interns each year by inviting them into my studio to work with me on these projects and be a permanent part of them as they emerge from the studio. It’s an incredibly intense experience! But I cannot stress how important their dedication and donated hours has been to me. Monthly support from patrons on this site would help provide financial assistance with travel and lodging for those assistants, as well as collaborators, and outside specialists. (see below!)

I want to do those projects we were always told not to try at home
I have always nurtured a secret passion for crazy projects involving robotics, mad kid-science inspired pieces, interactive works, and collaborative projects that push waaay beyond the normal scope of what I can do alone in my studio. A few of these projects include the mechanical breathing goat: “A Second Kind of Loneliness,” the tattooed hare:“L’Amante,” the 30 ft long hand-stitched bride: “The White Hind,” and the insane sugar encrusted chandelier:“The Adoration” – most works from my New York solo show with the Claire Oliver Gallery in 2012, called “Come Undone”
These pieces have been relatively rare in my studio, due to the incredible amount of resources that they require, in addition to compensation for the other artists and assistants who are part of those herculean projects. If I had even a modest source of additional funding that didn’t take away from my time producing the other works, it would have a huge impact on the type of experimentation that you would see emerging.

Creating a body of work specifically made for a public exhibition

Perhaps most importantly, I would like to have your support, on even the smallest scale, because the audience I make my work for cannot afford to purchase the pieces or even see them as they disappear into private collections. Most people have only ever seen my work on the internet. While I am humbled by how amazing that is that I can reach so many people this way, it is not at all the same as experiencing the scale and presence of the work in person. With that in mind, I’d like to focus the next 2-3 years on creating work for a public museum setting that would travel to half a dozen cities across the US.
I have already begun planning and creating with this goal in mind. However, in practical terms, this will take me well over 2-3 years to create, during which time I cannot sell the work I am saving for the exhibition. If through a few small grants and the support here, I was able to supplement that missing income, it would allow me to use this time solely for the purpose of bringing together a body of work for this exhibition.

It is an ambitious proposal for the next 3 years, but I am practically glowing in the dark, I’m so excited. I have had a fantastic outpouring of support through my website, Instagram, and from every school, residency, and organization I have encountered. These are all people who have been inspired and in return, continue to inspire me. I hope you will join in supporting that enthusiasm and any donation that you feel is doable and appropriate. I promise I will transform it into the most mysterious and emotionally charged images that I can create…
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
79 patrons
For everyone pledging $2 or more ( the minimum after the fees to make a monthly contribution), once I reach the first goal of $100/month, I will be sending out updates, behind the scenes images of works in progress, and sometimes writing about my ideas and thoughts for the work to come.
Pledge $10 or more per month
49 of 50 patrons
For the first 50 supporters pledging $10/month, I will send out a "THANK YOU" packet after the first 4 months with a signed copy of one the cover story publications featuring my work that have been published in the last few years (Ceramics Monthly, High Fructose, Sculpture), along with a handful of postcards.  (2/21/16- Added another 20 after finding an additional box of publications!)
Goals
$636 of $1,000 per month
This level of funding would allow me to start cutting back on the number of teaching engagements I take on each month by 1/3. This would allow me to exponentially increase the number and complexity of pieces I could design for the exhibition.
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A Few Words: Why I Would Love to Have Your Support…

For the past 12 years as a full time studio artist, I have had the incredible fortune to be able to support myself by creating and selling the work in order to keep my studio doors open and the lights on.

Studio 740: a place to bring like-minds together
However, the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the rhythm of my working days. Beginning a new group studio project, called Studio 740, here in Helena, MT with my partner, Alessandro Gallo, we are bringing in other artists to work with us, challenge us, and collaborate with projects, ideas, practice, and fuel for the excitement of creating. A lot of our travels internationally and across the US have put us in touch with so many amazing artists from every end of the spectrum, that we were really inspired to create a modest space where we could reciprocate that energy and invite them to come to us.
In addition, I am mentoring 4-8 interns each year by inviting them into my studio to work with me on these projects and be a permanent part of them as they emerge from the studio. It’s an incredibly intense experience! But I cannot stress how important their dedication and donated hours has been to me. Monthly support from patrons on this site would help provide financial assistance with travel and lodging for those assistants, as well as collaborators, and outside specialists. (see below!)

I want to do those projects we were always told not to try at home
I have always nurtured a secret passion for crazy projects involving robotics, mad kid-science inspired pieces, interactive works, and collaborative projects that push waaay beyond the normal scope of what I can do alone in my studio. A few of these projects include the mechanical breathing goat: “A Second Kind of Loneliness,” the tattooed hare:“L’Amante,” the 30 ft long hand-stitched bride: “The White Hind,” and the insane sugar encrusted chandelier:“The Adoration” – most works from my New York solo show with the Claire Oliver Gallery in 2012, called “Come Undone”
These pieces have been relatively rare in my studio, due to the incredible amount of resources that they require, in addition to compensation for the other artists and assistants who are part of those herculean projects. If I had even a modest source of additional funding that didn’t take away from my time producing the other works, it would have a huge impact on the type of experimentation that you would see emerging.

Creating a body of work specifically made for a public exhibition

Perhaps most importantly, I would like to have your support, on even the smallest scale, because the audience I make my work for cannot afford to purchase the pieces or even see them as they disappear into private collections. Most people have only ever seen my work on the internet. While I am humbled by how amazing that is that I can reach so many people this way, it is not at all the same as experiencing the scale and presence of the work in person. With that in mind, I’d like to focus the next 2-3 years on creating work for a public museum setting that would travel to half a dozen cities across the US.
I have already begun planning and creating with this goal in mind. However, in practical terms, this will take me well over 2-3 years to create, during which time I cannot sell the work I am saving for the exhibition. If through a few small grants and the support here, I was able to supplement that missing income, it would allow me to use this time solely for the purpose of bringing together a body of work for this exhibition.

It is an ambitious proposal for the next 3 years, but I am practically glowing in the dark, I’m so excited. I have had a fantastic outpouring of support through my website, Instagram, and from every school, residency, and organization I have encountered. These are all people who have been inspired and in return, continue to inspire me. I hope you will join in supporting that enthusiasm and any donation that you feel is doable and appropriate. I promise I will transform it into the most mysterious and emotionally charged images that I can create…

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Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
79 patrons
For everyone pledging $2 or more ( the minimum after the fees to make a monthly contribution), once I reach the first goal of $100/month, I will be sending out updates, behind the scenes images of works in progress, and sometimes writing about my ideas and thoughts for the work to come.
Pledge $10 or more per month
49 of 50 patrons
For the first 50 supporters pledging $10/month, I will send out a "THANK YOU" packet after the first 4 months with a signed copy of one the cover story publications featuring my work that have been published in the last few years (Ceramics Monthly, High Fructose, Sculpture), along with a handful of postcards.  (2/21/16- Added another 20 after finding an additional box of publications!)