Over the next month, we will be featuring the artists that were awarded grants through the Essex County Artists Fund. The Essex County Artist Fund is Essex County Community Foundation’s response to the immediate and everyday needs of artists to be supported and lifted up across the county and across sectors. At ECCF, our philosophy is to build a creative ecosystem focused on awareness and appreciation for arts and culture, capacity building, collaboration, and cultural planning. Individual artists and arts/culture organizations are key to this network. www.eccf.org/creative-county.
Artist Name: Cynthia August
Learn more: @cynthiaaugustimages
Creative Practice: Commercial and Fine Art Portrait Photographer
Artist Statement: Portrait work is by nature an exercise in authenticity and celebrating the best in a person. Both my commercial and fine art portraits strive to show the deep connection between who we are and what good we can do.
How has this crisis impacted you/your business? Like so so many of my colleagues and friends, I have lost all my work! My art in the gallery is not selling, and my commercial shoots are all on hold without any reschedule in the foreseeable future. I’ve been adapting as best I can, taking in retouching and website work, doing stock imagery and even drawing. But it will be a while before I see any income.
If you are an artist and would like to apply for the Essex County Artist Fund, please do so here.
If you would like to support the Essex County Artist Fund and artists like Cynthia August please donate here.