About the Centers
Artists & Makers Studios flagship operation is an art center complex in Rockville, MD. Hosting a wide variety of resident artists and affiliates, it offers studios for rent, extensive classroom/workshop spaces, and several galleries. Artists and exhibitions are juried and curated by executive director Judith HeartSong.
Artists & Makers Studios – Oro Valley, Arizona is a brand new studio complex which will open Summer of 2020. A jewel box location in a lovely community, this location will host a variety of professional artists and practices in space designed and built out specifically for artists’ use. With a gallery, a wonderful covered portico fronting the studios, and lots of windows, we cannot wait to welcome artists and visitors.
Artists & Makers Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.
About Founder Judith HeartSong
Building on her past experience as an artist, curator, art consultant and activist, Judith has always had a vision for building community for artists and the art appreciating public.
In 2011, she founded Salon – an Artful Conversation–a lively, friendly conversation between participants and a gifted and knowledgeable presenter. Her goal is to bring together artists, writers, and arts professionals in person and virtually where they can feel a sense of community, network, learn more about the business of art, and build bonds with other like-minded professionals.
In 2013, Judith transitioned from Founding Board Member to Executive Director of Capitol Arts Network, a non-profit art center. They housed more than 40 artist studios, 65 resident artists, a classroom and a gallery which hosted monthly exhibits and events. CAN Studios opened with 95% of studios occupied, well above the 65% requested by its board.
In 2015, Judith opened Rockville’s Artists & Makers Studios. In September 2015, the operation expanded by 3,619 sq. ft., and now runs on a waitlist. In November of 2016 Artists & Makers Studios expanded again to open A&M2, another 23,000 sq ft – stay tuned for an exciting new location for that project soon. In the Summer of 2020 Artists & Makers Studios will open a newly built location in Oro Valley, Arizona.
About the Staff
Kristin Miller is Maryland born and raised. She is a graduate of Towson University, where she received her Bachelor’s in both Art Education and Art & Design, in addition to a minor in Theater. Kristin is an artist, maker, and teacher whose passion for the arts began at a young age. In her personal work, her mediums and subject matter range from acrylic paintings of celestial configurations to silicon prosthetic moldings and castings of fantastical creatures.
Britten Traughber is a visual and performing artist who has fallen in love with the people and landscape of Tucson after relocating to Arizona last year. She is honored to serve the local artistic community as Manager of the new Oro Vallery Artists & Makers Studios. Britten’s own work deals with community and identity, using a combination of storytelling and documentary portraiture to create transformative images.
Britten is a graduate of Bennington College (BA) and Illinois State University (MFA- Photography). Her work has been shown and collected throughout the United States, and she has taught courses in Photography, Visual Arts and Performance Art at Illinois State University, University of Hawaii-Hilo, Illinois Central College and Millikin University. She has previously worked at Big Town Gallery in Rochester VT, the Volcano Art Center in Volcano, HI and taught Gallery Operations through Millikin University’s innovative Blue Connection, a student run art gallery in Decatur IL.
Her book FLATLAND-a collaboration with author Teague Bohlen- has been nominated for a 2020 Colorado Book Award. You can see more of her work at www.brittentraughber.art
We want to recognize Ben Anderson, owner of Anderson Strategies, who built the organization’s initial website and assisted with A&M’s first PR efforts. We will always be grateful for his generosity and expertise. Ben’s photography portfolio is available at Benography.com. More details of his communications services are available at AndStrats.com.
Take a Video Tour
We’d like to give you a virtual tour before you visit, and if you have been here before, you may notice new things. The cornerstone of our business model is building community, and all of our affiliated artists make it worthwhile!