It is difficult for an artist to work in a vacuum. Creating work alone in your own home is often isolating and uninspiring. Programs like MAX provide not only the physical space for art to happen, but the creative and mental space as well. These programs foster relationships that support artistic growth, constructive criticism, project collaboration, and professional feedback. Working alongside others builds personal and professional relationships. It was through participating in these types of artist residency programs that I learned valuable sales and marketing skills.
I served on the MAX Project Steering Committee during the initial research and planning phase, and strongly believe our community needs to support MAX as a local artist incubator. Since living in Ocala, I have traveled to participate in two residency programs. If something of this nature were offered in Ocala, not only would our local artists benefit from this amazing opportunity and resourse, but we could become a destination for artists nationwide. Your support of MAX can make this happen!
MEGAN CHANEY GUMPERT - Mixed Media Sculpture Studio Artist
Meagan Chaney Gumpert is a studio artist working with low fire clay and kiln cast glass. Primarily inspired by nature, her wall reliefs and sculptures are held in numerous corporate and private collections and are shown nationwide. She has served as a Resident Artist at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), the Clay Studio of Missoula (Missoula, MT) and Watershed Center for Ceremic Arts (Newcastle, ME). Gumpert has a BA in Studio Art from Meredith College and completed a post-baccalaureate ceramics program at the University of Florida. She now teaches workshops and maintains a private studio in Ocala, FL where she lives with her husband and two young children. Learn more about Meagan's art at www.meaganchaneygumpert.com.