Apr 19, 2018
Amy Herman is a visual
artist, entrepreneur and community builder. Her photography is in
the permanent collections of several museums, including the Kresge
Art Center in East Lansing and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston,
and has been shown in numerous galleries, including at The Light
Factory and at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Amy
is the co-director of Goodyear Arts, an artist in residency and
event space initiative, and owner of Vintage Charlotte, a pop-up
market of vintage and hand-made vendors. She is a recipient of
the Charlotte magazine 2015 Charlottean of the
Year Award. Amy earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Michigan State
University and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College,
This episode is perfect for anyone
interested in photography, identity and memory, and creating the
community that you want to live in.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Amy explains what makes an artist an artist
and what makes her an artist.
- She answers how she
sees her role in the community and
whether her work in the community is art.
- She describes her recent photography
exhibit at Central Piedmont Community College.
- Amy shares what identity, masking and
memory have to do with what she photographs.
- She talks about what she hopes viewers
feel looking at her work and whether an
audience informs the work she creates.
- She states whether she produces art to be
- She discusses a photography series of hers
called 'Relative Intimacy' and the
staging of intimate moments.
what a photograph captures is 'real.'
- Amy talks about Goodyear Arts, the exhibit space and artist in
residency program she co-launched, and the four
words that inspired it.
- She shares what she learned through each iteration
of Goodyear Arts.
- She explains the criteria Goodyear Arts uses to
select resident artists.
- Amy discusses Vintage Charlotte, a
business she launched, and whether it is an extension of themes she
explores in her photography.
- She answers whether administrative work is
coming at the cost of her art.
- Amy reveals what she wants.
- She discusses the connection between her and
- She talks about growing up in the suburbs of
Detroit, how her parents supported and influenced
her, what was important to her growing up, and whether she is
today who she expected to be.
- Amy answers what photographer she
admires and whether she wants to produce a
photography book of her own.
- She reveals what's next for her and
the role magic is playing.
- Amy shares the life she wants to
look back on.
Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "Before my
conversation with Amy I looked at the photographs she created that
had been exhibited at the Ross Gallery at Central Piedmont
Community College and was now available for view on her personal
artist website. I was immediately drawn in..."
To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning