Archives, Photographs, Ephemera, Artists' Books

Artist residencies give space to focus and create

Amanda Chestnut, Democrat & Chronicle, July 23, 2016

In my career as an artist, a constant that has helped me develop my work, learn new techniques, and make connections for exhibits is artist residencies.

I am currently preparing for an exhibit that will culminate my 2015-2016 residency at Genesee Center for the Arts & Education (GCAE). (continue reading)

Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chats with visual artist Amanda Chestnut

Rachel DeGuzman and Amanda Chestnut, Up Close & Cultural, July 19, 2016

On this episode, WAYO 104.3’s Up Close and Cultural host Rachel DeGuzman chatted with Rochester based book artist Amanda Chestnut. Aside from her work as an artist and curator, Chestnut is also the communications coordinator at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education where she teaches classes for the community. They discussed her fascinating work, its relevance to our countries ever present and perhaps intensified struggles with race, as well as the ongoing conversations that take place on this show.

More about Amanda…she is a book artist whose work focuses on the representation of history and in particular, how the history of race and gender impacts modern narratives. The title of her 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition at Visual Studies Workshop was “Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race?”

This episode aired on July 19, 2016 and was broadcast from the WAYO studio in Rochester, New York. The photo in this post is of Amanda Chestnut. (listen)

Gaining Identity Through the Archive in Qiana Mestrich’s Hard to Place

Amanda Chestnut, Afterimage, Vol. 44, No. 1 & 2

Qiana Mestrich’s Hard to Place (2016) is an intimate family portrait that simultaneously explores the maternal, the home, and a sense of belonging, while addressing urgency in the loss of all those things. In 2013, Mestrich acquired the adoption records of Joseph, a mixed-race child of Irish and Nigerian dissent who spent some of his childhood during the 1960s and ’70s living with his impoverished Irish-born birth mother in London. This photobook is a combination of those adoption records, photographs, and images of objects saved by Joseph over the years, as well as contemporary images from Mestrich’s own life. Mestrich was a speaker at the 2016 Photo-Bookworks Symposium at Visual Studies Workshop. (continue reading)


Amanda Chestnut, Main Street Arts Blog, March 17, 2016

Growing up out side of Binghamton, New York afforded me a bucolic, nonpareil childhood that combined a rigorous academic environment with a loving and supportive community. Largely sheltered from cultural strife, these seemingly unobtainable ideals are part of my motivation in asking difficult questions through my artwork. (continue reading)