Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work

In 2013, through support from Humanities DC and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Day Eight published a book featuring the writing of fifty artists.

To download an excerpt from the book, click here.

Jonathan Katz, executive director of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, wrote, “The book is full of revelations about works of art, about how artists work… Kudos to Robert Bettmann for giving us the fifty-first work of art, this well conceived and edited book.”

Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, wrote, “I highly recommend it for any arts library.”

In 2016, Day Eight received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create an expanded E-book. Preview or purchase the E-book on the IBooks platform here.

The book gathers select articles published between 2007 and 2013 from the archives of our magazine, Bourgeon. An Editorial Committee including Kate Kretz, Heather Desaulniers, Diana Dinerman, Kathryn Boland, Cheryl Palonis Adams, John Shields, Gregory Luce, and Robert Bettmann selected the articles for inclusion.

Artists featured in the print book are:

Jane Franklin
Kevin Platte
Tehreema Mitha
Gesel Mason
Aysha Upchurch
Kelly Mayfield
Dana Tai Soon Burgess
Daniel Burkholder
Joan Belmar
Prudence Bonds
Judith Peck
Megan Coyle
Robert Bettmann
Michele Banks
Tim Tate

Jenny Walton
Jessica Beels
Salvador Casco
Alec Simpson
Camille Mosley-Pasley
Al Miner
Laurel Lukaszewski
Maida Withers
Heather Desaulniers
Steven Shafarman
Casey Maliszewski
Jan Tievsky
Sabado Lam
Lori Clark
George Jackson
Michael Bjerknes

Cheryl Palonis Adams
Doug Yeuell
Judith Hanna
Loren Ludwig
Valerie Durham
Daniel Barbiero
Laurel Victoria Gray
Alvin Mayes
Jonathan Morris
Kathryn Boland
Ken Manheimer
Nancy Havlik
Cem Catbas
Jon Gann
and Andy Shallal

To read additional blurbs about the book, click here.

The Advisory Committee for the book included George Jackson, Jack Hannula, Dr. Judith Hanna, Dr. Naima Prevots, Michele Banks, Sara Hill Isacson, Adah Rose Bitterbaum, David Ramos, and Joy Ford Austin.

Copyeditors for the book included Amy Taylor and Gregory Luce. Editorial Assistants for the book project included Emily Adams, Nate Hochstetler, Clare Donnelly, Melissa Brooks, and Jacqueline Drayer.

The book’s designer was Design Action Collective / Innosanto Nagaro.