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Privilege begetting privilege, it’s nothing new.

An open letter from our Director, Monika Proffitt. I read the article linked below several years ago and I have been hunting it down on the internet for a while now. It is about why so many Columbia graduates are represented – quite early in their careers – by galleries in Chelsea, and it is a topic that has really […]

My First Grant

The following post was written by our Director, Monika Proffitt. Had I never attended a glass school – and I wasn’t really wasn’t a glass artist – I would have never gotten my first grant.  Let me explain. It goes without saying that, especially if you’re first starting out, applying for grants is really intimidating.  I applied for my first […]

Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Is Starry Night a non-profit?  Is it a for profit?  What is it and why?  In the video below you’ll see how Starry Night’s founder, Monika Proffitt, created an innovative hybrid of business and not-for-profit models by taking what she had, reconfiguring what she had seen done before, and then adding her own twist. And in the age of “angel […]

Plan Out Your Best Year

I usually have two speeds of operation.  One is sit on my hands and design the thing, think about every angel, every aspect of what I want to make.  The other one is run like hell at it and make the plan a reality.  So when I’m really quiet, or seemingly inactive, it’s just that I’m in the design phase. […]

5 Ways to Build Your Resume

In my studio, I have a sign that reads, “Failure is not the enemy. Boredom is.” It helps me to remember to keep applying for new opportunities and to keep putting myself and my work out there. Even when it means I get told no. Because I have an end goal in mind, and that is to: 1.) Have as […]

My First Scholarship

The following post was written by our director, Monika Proffitt. When I was first starting out as an artist, I’d see postings for opportunities like grants and scholarships and think that I would ever get them. I had no idea what was supposed to be included in a good application, so I just didn’t apply. I realize that sounds really […]