Our hearty thanks to Serena Qiu for her guest blog series, which looked at some of the difficult aftermath facing artists in the wake of hurricane Sandy. You can read more of Serena’s interviews with artists and art practitioners on her website, Coffee & A Cookie.
Next up, we’re very excited to have artist Jeffrey Augustine Songco back on the blog as our newest guest writer. Now based in San Francisco, Jeffrey was born, raised, and baptized in New Jersey, USA, to Filipino parents. He is classically trained in ballet and voice, but, he tells us that “genetically,” he is an architect. He received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, he had his first solo exhibition at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in San Francisco, and was nominated for an SFMOMA SECA Art Award. His work has not been shown internationally, but eventually, Jeffrey would like to represent the US at the Venice Biennale 2023. He was in the first class of contributors to Art21 Blog’s “Open Enrollment” column, and inaugurated “Praxis Makes Perfect” with Jacquelyn Gleisner. His writings can also be found on Art Practical, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post. You can find Jeffrey’s website at www.songco.org. Welcome back, Jeffrey!