A Portrait of the Artist

Ava Williams
For the artists that are hidden in plain sight, and an audience that can't wait to meet them.
Created 11 Apr 2021
  • This Is How It's Always Been
    27 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 3 0
    One of my favorite memories of doing this project was in my senior year. I was talking to my professor Brad (hello Brad) about the random things Chloe and I do together. I was questioning if they were...
  • May Movie Theaters Never Die
    13 Sep 2021 • 20 min read
    Kyle Dubiel was quite the force when I met him while interning. On the first day all the interns looked petrified, except for Kyle. He was quite upbeat, kind, and very curious. He looked like he wasn’...
  • The Illusions of a Dream Job
    30 Aug 2021 • 26 min read • 2 0
    I met Maria Wurtz in 2017 and she amazed me all through out our two years at FIT together. She created gorgeous self-portraits to highlight the recovery process of her own eating disorder while she wo...
  • I'll Try Anything Once
    16 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Emily Ciavatta is one of the only artists I know that is willing to try anything. Any medium, any idea, any process. What makes following her on instagram and knowing her in real life so satisfying is...
  • Getting The Story Right
    02 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    Every time I read a piece by Gina Wurtz I feel either empowered or overjoyed. I think if I were to describe how her work makes you feel I would say it’s like the exact moment you realize Dancing Queen...
  • Soft Covers and Hard Lines
    12 Jul 2021 • 29 min read • 1 0
    If I was ever asked to name someone who has a clear and visible passion for what they do, Ryan Frigillana would be the first and only name to come out of my mouth. I have talked a lot about how it is ...
  • The Gap Between Commercial and Art is Imaginary
    28 Jun 2021 • 23 min read • 2 0
    When I asked Victoria Pizzo to collaborate on a newsletter, to me it was a no-brainer. She was one of the very first people I ran the idea by. When we finally got together to talk she told me when I f...
  • That was Quick. I Have a Lot of Things to Say
    14 Jun 2021 • 13 min read • 0 2
    I was 18 I met Nicholas Simenon at FIT where I remember him holding the most distinct aura. He was sure of himself, talented, and confident. When I think of him now, after knowing him for 6 years, tha...
  • The Questions We Ask Ourselves
    31 May 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    I met Katie in 2018 and quickly understood that she was an artist. I love her work because she doesn’t play pretend when she tells you what her work is about. Katie and I have talked about our pet pee...
  • So You Want to Be a Writer
    17 May 2021 • 11 min read • 6 1
    Chloé Williams, my identical twin sister, would rather walk home than take the L train at any given moment. She has never sent a text without a typo and she has perfect french style curly hair which h...
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