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About Michelle Aldredge

I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I've also done time at an arts magazine, a library, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.

The Sunday Poem : Diane Gilliam Explores the Mine Wars of West Virginia

  Writer Diane Gilliam is the 2013 winner of the $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation (Photo by Bob Weinberg) It's rare for a book of poetry to have the same narrative tension and sense of place as a novel. But it's a [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:54+00:00 07.13.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Diane Gilliam Explores the Mine Wars of West Virginia

A 2nd Chance to Own Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) There is no new Sunday Poem post today because of the holiday weekend, but I do have Sunday Poem news to share.... Back in April, I featured the one-of-a-kind artist and poetry book Concrete Sound---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:56+00:00 07.06.13|The Sunday Poem, Words|1 Comment

Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performing at the 2013 Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)   Last weekend around 8,000 festival-goers gathered at Mass MoCA under the supermoon to participate in Wilco's sold-out Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts. Attendees come [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:57+00:00 07.01.13|Events, Images, News, Performance, Sounds|Comments Off on Solid Sound 2013: Wilco’s Music & Art Festival

Found : A Poetic License

    Yesterday, I stopped by the Montague Bookmill ("Books you don't need in a place you can't find") and came across this little number: a Poetic License. The license is the brainchild of Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota, which created the item at the request of a friend who [...]

By | 2017-03-05T10:19:51+00:00 06.29.13|Found, Images|3 Comments

Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

  Wang Quingsong, Beggar, 2001. (Photo courtesy of AW Asia, New York. Click to Enlarge)   A few weeks ago I had a chance to see Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. It was photographer Liu Bolin's The [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:01+00:00 06.20.13|Events, Images|Comments Off on Pink Slips, Paper Robes, & The Invisible Man: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art

I Never Knew How Blue Blueness Could Be: Maggie Nelson’s Bluets

  Helena Almeida, Inhabited Painting, 1975.© Helena Almeida, courtesy Serralves Foundation Collection, Oporto, Portugal   One of the joys of Gwarlingo is meeting art lovers from around the world. Sigrun Hodne and I found each other early in Gwarlingo's short history, and though she lives in Norway, and I [...]

Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

  Tadao Ando, Church of the Light, 1989. Osaka, Japan.   Philadelphia is a city awash with memorable architecture, so it's fitting that I stumbled across The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's store, which offers a well-curated assortment of books inside of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:06+00:00 06.05.13|Books Worth Reading, Design, Images, Process|Comments Off on Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

Outsiders No More: An Exceptional Collection of Outsider Art Will Have a New Home in Philadelphia

Bill Traylor, Runaway Goat Cart, c. 1939-42. Opaque watercolor and graphite on cream card, 14 x 22 inches. (Photo by Will Brown courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection)   "I painted pictures in the gutter," the African-American artist Purvis Young once remarked, "and [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:08+00:00 05.30.13|Events, Greatest Hits, Images|1 Comment

Wilco, Ruscha, Sondheim,Tom Phillips, Xu Bing & More: 11 Don’t-Miss Arts Events

  Liu Bolin, Hiding in the City No.93 -Supermarket No.2, 2010. Photographs by the Chinese artist are on view in Brattleboro, Vermont, through June 23rd. (Photo Courtesy Eli Klein Fine Art © Liu Bolin. Click to Enlarge)   The summer art scene in New England presents a special challenge. [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:10+00:00 05.17.13|Events, Images|Comments Off on Wilco, Ruscha, Sondheim,Tom Phillips, Xu Bing & More: 11 Don’t-Miss Arts Events

The Sunday Poem : Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound

  Concrete Sound (Photos courtesy Audra Wolowiec) Last year Gwarlingo readers responded enthusiastically to Mary Ruefle and Jen Bervin's erasure poems. Today's Sunday Poem features another unique project that defies categorization---a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist Audra Wolowiec and poet, critic, and artist Christine Shan Shan Hou. In conjunction with [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:15+00:00 04.21.13|Images, The Sunday Poem, Words|Comments Off on The Sunday Poem : Christine Shan Shan Hou & Audra Wolowiec’s Concrete Sound
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