Office Hours: Judith Tolnick Champa on Making a Magazine
10 am – 12 pm, Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Office Hours, artists, designers, experts, and brainiacs take the doors off of their offices and studios. Stop by for conversation or advice.
There are many factors that inevitably condition (or arrest) careful planning and executing of the increasingly rare, even precious “hard copy” object that is a magazine. Likewise with Art New England, from early conception through execution, variables occur and working with a team of people is necessary in this business, as any productive venture. I am eager to share experiences about Making a Magazine with visitors to One Room at the RISD Museum. — Judith Tolnick Champa
Judith Tolnick Champa is a hybrid, conjoining contemporary art curating and editing. Currently Editor-in-Chief of Art New England magazine, the bi-monthly art magazine now 30+ years old; previously, she was director of curatorial affairs at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery and director/curator of the former Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston. She originally came to Providence for her MA in the History of Art at Brown University, and discovered there a passion for teaching with real objects, in lieu of their virtual representation. That required a talent for conception and installation but also writing. Her evolution towards curating a magazine, selecting a theme and then writers, editing the “content,” influencing the layout, has been a creative challenge. Like artmaking, the process is ongoing. She is always involved in the next iteration, anticipating and preparing for it, similar to any art gallery or museum programming sequence.