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: Maxwell Masterson – Groveland
Learn more: https://www.maxwellmasterson.com/
Creative Practice: Designer and visual artist. For the past 6 years I have been intensely studying design and the creative elements that surround it. I have created both digital and analog work since I can remember and it has been a foundational part of my life. Additionally, I have immersed myself in experiences with some of the most influential companies that have helped develop a voice for youth culture. These environments have conditioned me into a designer that has a well rounded and multifaceted view of the creative world, specifically design.
Artist Statement: As a designer, providing a voice and a visual language is my mission. I am constantly seeking design solutions that are able to convey and explore underrepresented groups and the struggles they endure. As a queer designer, I hope to provide my community with a sense of hope through my art and provide an outlook to a future society where groups of people like the queer community can live completely free. Additionally, I have been able to work for companies that support the voices of younger generations. For example, working for Mission Magazine, a non profit magazine that seeks to dive into social issues, I was able to create compelling compositions that told stories of younger minorities in ways that were authentic and compelling.
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 Maxwell, please donate here.