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Meet Steven L. Anderson of Day & Night Projects in Mechanicsville and West End

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven L. Anderson.

Steven, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve been an exhibiting artist since 1998, when I graduated from art school in Chicago. My wife Liz and our friends stared an art magazine called Cakewalk and I helped publish the remaining 5 issues. This led us to Los Angeles, where I honed my craft and paid my dues for over a decade. We came to Atlanta in 2012 and right away I was able to show my work, become part of the community and build my career.

Day & Night Projects came about as the natural outgrowth of setting up a studio complex with Mark Leibert, William Downs and Tori Tinsley. We all had prior experience starting artist-run institutions. We had the extra space. And, we all wanted to create and perpetuate a community of artists — the most vital part of the contemporary art biosphere.

Day & Night Projects kicked off in October 2016, has produced eleven exhibitions in our space, and a few more that we’ve taken on the road to other cities. Expect another 6-8 exhibitions over the next year and a fundraising campaign to help us keep it going.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Yes and no. We are down to three co-directors, so that took some adjustment. Coming upon a good business model is a work in progress. But, the artists we’ve brought in have presented really great work and I believe we’re starting to get noticed as a place where interesting artwork in Atlanta is happening.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Day & Night Projects – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Day & Night Projects is a small exhibition space run by artists for artists to show high-quality work, without the pressure of a commercial gallery.

I’m proud of the fact that our exhibitors are fairly diverse — so far, half of the artists and curators we feature are women.

One way that we’re setting ourselves apart is, by exchanging shows with galleries in places like Brooklyn, Tampa, Tallahassee. We’re bringing new perspectives to ATL and taking our story to the world.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We plan to start a Patreon fundraising campaign this spring. For starters, we’ll use the funds to professionalize our operations. Eventually, we’d like to put the money towards helping our artists realize their work and to exhibit in art fairs Miami or New York.

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Image Credit:
Amelia Carley, Raul Valverde, Trevor Reese, and Day & Night Projects

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