My First Craft Show: Advice from Rea Rossi
In the second episode of Perceived Value Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with artist Rea Rossi to discuss her experience exhibiting as an Emerging Artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Craft Show.
In June Sarah received the news that she has been accepted as an Emerging Artist for this year's PMA Craft Show taking place November 9-12th. This will be Sarah's first craft show experience; she's a bit overwhelmed and is hoping Rea can clarify a few details for her.
The two jewelers discuss what exactly a craft show is, why they chose to apply, and how much money Sarah can plan on investing into this experience. Doing shows of this caliber is expensive - but the payoff can go far beyond one's bank account.
Rea was born and raised in Philadelphia. She earned her B.F.A. in Metal and Jewelry Design from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts in 2009. R.I.T. is also home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Having been raised mainstream, Rea was not exposed to very many people with hearing loss outside her immediate family. In college Rea became fluent in American Sign Language and immersed herself in the Deaf community in Rochester and then in Philadelphia when she moved back home after graduating. In 2011, Rea earned her M.F.A. from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Metals/Jewelry and Computer Aided Design. Currently she works full time as the Shop Supervisor at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia for the Jewelry program. Rea frequently exhibits her work nationally and internationally, teaches workshops around the Philadelphia area and has a home based studio practice.