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For years I have talked to people about bringing artists to Buffalo in order to broaden the art scene. The problem is that while Buffalo is extremely affordable, there are still the issues of room and board that must be dealt with. Now artist Tina Dillman (relatively new to Buffalo) would like to start a program on Grant Street, where she plans to offer room and board to qualifying visiting artists. The artists would also have access to exhibition space, and would be given a stipend during their stay.

Remember when the Olmsted Parks Conservancy brought Augustina Droze to Buffalo from the West Coast to create a giant mural? Well, Augustina fell in love with this city, moved here, met a guy and fell in love, is now raising a family and creating public works of art year round. That’s pretty powerful.

Now Tina Dillman, an MFA graduate from the San Francisco Art Institute, wants to take this same sort of artistic empowerment strategy and flush it out into a bigger and broader movement.

After spending six figures on school, and finding that the job pool was limiting, Buffalo presented itself as a pretty incredible opportunity. This city is affordable and supportive of artists. In Buffalo many artists only need one job, and can spend time working on their art – something that can be tough in larger cities.

Now that Tina has set up shop in Buffalo, she wants to share her good fortune with other artists.

Over the course of the next two years, Tina plans on hosting nine artists, in a six week residency program, which she plans on hosting out of her home in Buffalo. That means that over the next 29 days she needs to raise $3000 to pull of this inspirational feat. If you think that this sounds like a worthy endeavor, consider donating to Tina’s campaign (see Hatchfund). Hopefully Tina can raise the money and turn this program into an ongoing initiative to bring more talented artists to this city. Be sure to watch the pitch video at Hatchfund to get a true feel for the artist’s cause.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Wonderful! Step one. The follow through will be to tie the development artist residences and spaces to successful commercial galleries in larger cities, and also similar gallery space in a new gallery district. The Broadway Market Central Terminal area? Unless the endgame is selling the art to the larger world market, it runs the risk of becoming merely another grant supported cultural. If, however, one embraces the larger world art market, it can create a flood of art and money into the region-an art industry like one sees elsewhere, New York, London, Miami…

  • His Majesty

    Sorry to be a wet blanket, but the LAST thing Buffalo needs is more artists. We are already inundated with throngs of pseudo-artistic hacks in this town. We simply don’t need any more obnoxious no-talent bums.
    And why should the rest of us fund such a project? It’s a great idea, but would be far more impressive if she financed it herself. Of course, spending six figures (meaning a MINIMUM of $100,000) on an MFA from while living in the most expensive city in the world pretty much precludes that option. Sheesh–if you can’t finance your own project in Buffalo then you’ve done something wrong.

  • His Majesty

    A nice idea, but probably not. New York, London, and Miami are places where enormous commerce and investment drive huge economic engines that cannot and will not ever exist in Buffalo. We simply do not have the population or the affluence to support such an art market.

  • micahh64

    His Majesty 
    “We are already inundated with throngs of pseudo-artistic hacks in
    this town. We simply don’t need any more obnoxious no-talent bums.”
    TRANSLATION:  I only want to see art that meets MY standards and specifications, dammit!

  • micahh64

    His Majesty DanteDAnthony 
    “New York, London, and Miami are places where enormous commerce and
    investment drive huge economic engines that cannot and will not ever
    exist in Buffalo. We simply do not have the population or the affluence
    to support such an art market.”
    Buffalo, NY:

    Where we don’t have the “population or affluence” to support the art market — but we’re ALWAYS up for the next brewpub/distillery, hockey-themed bar, or pizza/wing joint . . .


  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    micahh64 His Majesty DanteDAnthony hah

  • where on grant street?

  • Ivan putski jr

    I love Grant Street…that’s where the meat meets the butcher so to speak. Terrific exhibitions already being displayed on most days…

  • His Majesty DanteDAnthony read what I wrote again-the idea is to sell the Art to collectors worldwide and for the  artists to benefit from the lower cost of housing here.

  • micahh64 His Majesty DanteDAnthony you don’t need the population of affluence here. The notion is to make the art here and sell it on the world market. That’s what an artist colony does. Artists are able to benefit from lower cost space. Then the art dealers present their work in the world art market. If the colony as a whole thrives, some art collectors even come to the colony to see the artists and studios first hand. Paris didn’t begin as a haven for artists. It began as a Roman military camp, same as London. New York city was a Dutch fur trading outpost. Somewhere along the line in their histories, artists came there to live in the less expensive quarters. In all reality, however, art markets are cosmopolitan.

  • grovercleveland

    No one is holding a gun to your head.
    I don’t give 2 shits about art. But this seems like a neat idea and I wish her luck. If you want to donate, donate. If not, then don’t.

  • His Majesty

    micahh64 His Majesty
    You love to translate other people’s thoughts and words, don’t you?

  • His Majesty

    Comparing a high-end art market with a brew pub is disingenuous and stupid. Spending $30-$60 at a brew pub or distillery on a night out is a hell of a lot different than purchasing legitimate art in an upscale gallery. In addition, the brew pubs, distilleries, and pizza joints DON’T ASK FOR HANDOUTS.

  • His Majesty micahh64 Your Majesty, Art has historically had patronage. The painting you yourself have-made by an artist for a Patron. So, it’s disingenuous at a number of levels to be so hostile to these artists. Arts districts around the world drive a wonderful urbanism-it’s no mistake that the Elmwood and Allentown neighborhoods that thrive have long been the haunt of the “Artist bums”. Florence in the Renaissance had less wealth and population and glorious technology than Buffalo  does today.
    What they didn’t have, was an inferiority complex. Yes, Buffalo has a lot of bars and sports. But that’s okay-like the Arts, it can me categorized as “Entertainment”. Adding to the quality of life. 
    “legitimate art” you say-well that’s a big can of worms. Who decides? Even the credentialed Art community has never been able to agree. 
    My comments regarding upscale galleries and art colonies were about attracting art buyers to the region-not about banging the local community for handouts. 
    A great number of these artists that you call bums go through YEARS of higher education at their own expense. Unlike a lawyer yanking you out of jail, or stopping you from getting fleeced in divorce court, or a Doctor keeping you from the grave, they don’t have an easy slam at your money. They do, however, generally earn the title “Artists” through formal education at the college and university level and don’t deserve to be called bum because they are pursuing art. 
    Curious as to the formal training in the arts you received that gives you the credential to decide what is legitimate and who are bums?

  • His Majesty
    what are you worried about?  if a pseudo-artistic hack is selling bad art, don’t buy it. if more artists move here than the market will support, they will either find other work, start businesses, or move away.

  • His Majesty

    DanteDAnthonyThe painting I have as an icon is a commissioned portrait of Henry VIII attributed to Hans Holbein II circa 1498.

  • I know. I taught Art History.. Hence Patron, artist. Commissioning a portrait still qualifies as patronage. The Church, the Royalty, and the nobility were thus the patrons of the arts. Today’s “nobility” are the art buyers. Which is why to build a thriving art community one has to focus as such on patrons. You point out the obvious as if it contradicts my point. It doesn’t; it illustrates it perfectly. Holbein’s art was supported by patrons. In this case, Henry.

  • So Henry was his patron. It illustrates the relationship perfectly, whether it is a portrait or a Madonna on the rocks. Art supported by wealthy patron.

  • His Majesty The LAST thing Buffalo needs is more wet blankets.

  • LanceDiamondGooGooDolls

    Less artists, more Internet commenters!

  • His Majesty Being one of the endless throngs of no talent hacks in Buffalo, you can view all my work at: . I thank you for perpetuating the attitude of the “has been washed up Buffalonian” that like any other old crotchety jaded person in Erie County, if not the world, has maintained so well since our city’s great decline. You can sure throw the punches behind that fat face. I am wondering if you have ever looked into these types of initiatives in other places, or are you just another hack behind a Dell in Amherst? Sounds like it to me. Forgive me if you are a well traveled, well seasoned art critic with an idea of what good art is, after all I am just one of the many obnoxious, no talent bums trying to make a name for myself and maybe a few bucks on the side. Here’s a quick piece of done in the past for all of you “art critics”: