Myartspace Scholarship Essays

Online art site goes offline statement expected this week

The question on everyones lips today is the demise of myartspace. This was one of the early players in the vastly expanding world of internet art sites. I suppose like its namesake myspace, it just fizzled out to the point of becoming dead-space.

The company was originally founded by RISDI alumni Catherine McCormack-Skiba in 2005 in order to ‘help artists gain representation, recognition, and sell their artwork directly to buyers. The site got started in May 2006. It was advanced by an ongoing developer of the MyArtSpace Art Scholarship, a $16,000 annual scholarship for undergraduate and graduate art students, reaching over 2,000 schools and 160 countries. McCormack-Skiba  in her statement said; “My responsibilities include Chief Curator, website design, management of product development, liason to the art community and strategic direction of company”.

Catherine, being a natural entrepreneur, saw an opportunity in the internet and began work on the site in 2005. The site was launched in May 2006, and sustained a major upgrade to include e-commerce capabilities, so artists could sell their own work directly to buyers. was developed as a social networking site for Artists and Collectors. It touted itself as the premier online network for quality and professionalism in the Arts. An Online Store was released in Spring ’08 to facilitate direct purchases and 3 party printing capabilities. Nominated by the Always On organisation, 2008 media/content companies which had the most disruptive force in online market potential. “Times are still very exciting for art and the internet. A whole new generation of young artists are likely to help reshape the way the art world will evolve to over the next 20 years,” said Christian Benedetto, a Morris County real estate executive and one of the art enthusiasts and backers behind the site.

Myartspace had around 40,000 members and more than 500,000 pieces of contemporary art, online, to view for free, at its peak. The community also supported many competitions where artists had dramatic leaps in their careers.The winning artists had their work shown at Miami Basel, a large international art show, in December each year in Florida. “A whole new generation of young artists are likely to help reshape the way the art world will evolve to over the next 20 years” stated, McCormack-Skiba. Myartspace hoped to solidify its position as the “premier online social network for the art world”;stated investor Benedetto in an interview. It now looks like the investors have pulled the plug on the website and a statement is expected this week.

The domain www.myartspace now seems to default to a ‘go-daddy’ holding page and all members were spammed by emails requesting they join something called Art, who describe themselves as a fine art related website but illustrate only commercial and fantasy art.  The email form Art Wanted stated: “With the recent closing of, we wanted to send you a special invitation to check out a large art community to promote or sell your artwork online”. is one of the longest running art sites on the net. For almost 13 years they have been helping artists get more exposure, feedback and sales for their artwork…. Yikes!!!!

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My work pulls from discourses dealing with the imaged body, consumer culture, body aesthetics, and illness.

My current work replicates and transforms illness and trauma through performance, video, objects and photography. Diseases like acne, cancer, herpes, and elephantiasis are presented as jeweled infections, fabric growths, or wearable instruments. They are hybridizations of the grotesque or undesirable aspects of the body and objects we associate with beauty, status, health or wealth.

One of the core subjects of my work is the imaged body in contrast to realities of the physical body. I see the imaged and imagined as conceptually linked. As a model for the physical body, the visualization is deceptive. The imaged body is stylized, static, manipulated, and often an amalgam of bodily ideals and contemporary design aesthetics.

Objects and their relationship to the body play a role in negotiating the disconnect between idealized images of the body and the physical body.


May 4- June 24, 2011
Solo Exhibition
Part of the Tributaries series, which features artists whose work is beginning to have a significant impact on the metal arts community.
National Ornamental Metals Museum 

May 18, 2012 - June 24, 2012
Pretty Ugly
Nina Gara Bozicnik, Curator
Boston Center for the Arts
Boston, MA

May 20- June 20
Solo Exhibition
US Kunsgalery
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch, South Africa 
Lecture: May 15

Thank you to the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University for its support of this exhibition. 

June 23- November 23, 2012
Mirror Mirror
Jo Bloxham, Ben Lignel, Curators
Espace Solidor
Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France 

July 20, 2012 - February 3, 2013
40 Under 40: Craft Futures 
"40 under 40: Craft Futures" will feature the innovative work of 40 artists born since 1972, the year the Renwick Gallery was established as the Smithsonian American Art Museum's branch for craft and decorative arts. "40 under 40" will investigate evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing and mathematics. 

All of the artworks selected for display in the exhibition were created since Sept. 11, 2001. This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease. Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gallery, organized the exhibition."

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC 

July 5 - August 19, 2012
Stirring the Waters | Between Two Bodies
Ann Albano, Curator, Sculpture Center with the Cleveland Sculpture Center
Boston Sculptors Gallery
Boston, MA

August 18 - December 2, 2012
Jeweled Prosthetics: Jewelry as an Extension of Self
Melissa Behravesh, Curator
deSaisset Museum
Santa Clara, CA


Lauren Kalman, U.S.A.

2006 The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.M.F.A., Major: Art.Area: Art and Technology
2002 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. B.F.A. (Departmental Honors), Major: Fine Arts 3D. Area: Metals

2008 Tongue Gilding, Oral Gem, Canal Cap, Oral Rims. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, MA (digital prints)
2007 Lip Adornment. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (object and digital print)
2002 Synapse. Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA (sculpture) 

Awards / Honors:
Semi-Finalist, Fountainhead Fellowship, Craft/Material Studies, VCUArts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2010 Semi-Finalist, Emerging Artist Residency Program, Craft/Material Studies, VCUArts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA | PTFA Professional Development Fund Award. Part-time Faculty Association, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI | Finalist, CSU Department of Art Residency. Columbus University, Columbus, GA
2009 Nominee. Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. | Residency Grant. Santa Fe Arts Institute. Santa Fe, NM
2008 Finalist, Myartspace Bridge Art Fair Competition, | 2008 Best of Nashville Award. The Nashville Scene, Nashville, TN
2007 Faculty Professional Development Grant, Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN. For travel to 6th Encuentro, Corpoliticas/ Body Politics in the Americas, Buenos Aires Argentina. | Window into Sculpture Emerging Artists Award, the Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2006 Invitation to join the Peace Corps | Fergus Material Award, Department of Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH | Fergus Travel Grant, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH | Fergus Family Memorial Scholarship, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2005 Fergus International Travel Grant, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH | Edith Fergus-Gilmore Memorial Scholarship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2003 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, Shelter Island, NY | Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle, WA | Best in Show, Sculpture at Noble Horizons, Salisbury, CT | Apprentice Incentive Grant Award, Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ
2002 Apprentice Incentive Grant Award, Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture, Mercerville, NJ | Directors Recognition, Contemporary IV, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE | Departmental Honors, Metals Department, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA | 3D Foundation Award, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Solo Exhbitions:
Title TBA. Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC (forthcoming)
2012 Title TBA. Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (forthcoming)  | Title TBA. The National Ornamental Metals Museum. Memphis, TN (forthcoming)
2011 Solo Exhibition, US Kunsgalery, Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch, South Africa | Title TBA. Sasol Art Museum, Stellenbosch University, South Africa (forthcoming)
2010 you have no arms, you have no legs (with drums and guns and guns and drums) with Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA | Blooms, Efflorescence, and other Dermatological Embellishments, The Museum of Surgical Science. Chicago, IL 
2009 Solo at SOFA. SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL With Sienna Gallery (Lenox, MA) | Blooms, Efflorescence, and other Dermatological Embellishments. University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, MA | Lauren Kalman: New Work, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA. | Gilded Affection, Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
2008 Hard Wear, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA. | Corpus, Figure, Skate, The Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, TN | A Pretty Little Trick, Window into Sculpture Series, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
2007 Hard Wear, Recoleta Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (In conjunction with the 6th Encuentro, Corpoliticas/Body Politics in the Americas, an international conference hosted by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics)
(Catalogue) (internet archive, ) | Dress Up; Dress Down, Installation, Medicine Factory, Memphis, TN
2006 Hard Wear, Hopkins Hall Gallery and Corridor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2003 Memento Mori, Extension Gallery, Mercerville, NJ

Selected Group Exhibitions:

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