100 Colorado Creatives: Theresa Anderson

What's your day job?

I'm a full-time studio artist who maintains an artist blog. I do tons of research, read, draw, paint and sculpt. Daily. That's my job.

A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?

Yippeekiyay! I'd fund all levels of arts education, fund artist projects, fund writing projects, fund scientific research on AIDS, fund community projects that combat violence, poverty and homelessness. Once I set up some trusts to keep the money rolling, I'd move to the unnamed outer limits and rotate all my peeps and new persons unlimited and MAKE ARTWORK about ******* and conduct major dream projects that require SPACE IN MY HEAD and SPACE IN STUDIO. On tap. Ad lib. Ad nauseam. Study hermeneutics as applied to art as text. Ha ha. I think I'd have to take a chill pill.

What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?

One thing? I've three things because they are inextricably linked. Mandate funding to arts education at all levels in all communities. Quite often the first thing to go in budget cuts is arts education. Cutting arts budgets in schools is comparable to denying kids crayons, sand boxes, and music. I lived in a district as a teenager that cut out art education. Dismal. Whether a child/ adult is a scientist or artist -we all benefit from our local Creatives and creative outlets.

Two: mandate fair pay for arts educators. An instructor/ adjunct that works full-time should be paid for full-time work.

Three: Pay artists for their work. River North Arts District has some great guidelines that would go a long way for the arts in Denver and Colorado.

As advocates for artists, we strongly encourage collaborators to fairly compensate artists for their time and effort toward these mutually beneficial projects. The River North Art District offers the following suggestions:

- Pay the artist a percentage of the retail value of the art on display. A standard rate is 5 to 10% per month. For example if the total value of the artwork being displayed were $5000, a stipend between $250 and $500 would be in order.

- Host a reception for the artist to invite collectors and the community to view the artwork. This benefits all involved by expanding the audience for the artist, and increasing sales for the business/host. 

- Purchase artwork.

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?

I have so many it's hard to list! I've been compiling written documents on my art blog of people in Denver that I find fascinating. They include in no order: Jeff Page, Rebecca Vaughan, Kathy Knaus, Devon Dikeou, Jennifer Jeannelle, Tracy Tomko, Kara Duncan, Amber Cobb, Cortney Lane Stell, Bruce Price, Judy Anderson, Christine Buchsbaum, Jill Hadley Hooper, Elissa Auther and Shannon Corrigan. This list could go on and on but I tried to narrow it down to people who I believe are committed, passionate, smart, full of integrity, hard-working risk-takers.

Throughout the year, we'll be turning the spotlight on 100 superstars in Denver's rich artistic community. Watch for the next installment on Show and Tell -- and go to the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.

Who rocks YOUR world locally? Do you have a suggestion for a Colorado Creative? Leave it in the comments section below.

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