A Interview With Art Curator Jill Conner


Jill Conner is the founder of the online archive,  AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS and an editor at Whitehot Magazine; here is a link to her website:


Q:  What is your background in art?

A:  My background is in art history and criticism.

Q: What inspired you to start AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS?

A: AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS was launched in September 2011 and grew out of an interest in making art coverage more active. This online archive focuses specifically on artists who work frequently in isolation, beyond the art world spectacle, yet continue to develop their own aesthetics out of personal conviction.

Art critics have stopped discovering and finding artists. Instead, they primarily write about what they see in galleries.  AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS returns to the in-person studio visit and presents the strongest work being made today in both New York City and Paris, France.

Q: What exactly makes a piece of art “alternative?” (Alternative to what?)

A: I consider “alternative” art as any art that is not exhibited in New York’s mainstream galleries.

Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?

A: That is a tough question since there is so much to like. I tend to like artists who push for change in their work, or who take risks with traditional art-making practices to come up with something new. Many artists from the 1960s and 1970s did exactly that – they made art that was not for sale but instead, to look at. The ideas were pure, independent of art market influence. ”

Q: What makes a piece of art a good investment?

A:  There are a number of factors. A simple answer would be misleading, but if someone really likes a work of art, they should buy it.

Q:  If you could change one thing about the New York art scene, what would it be?

A: It would be great to have more in-person gatherings, but given the population that is next to impossible. However the New York art world is quite comfortable communicating on Facebook.

Q:  What is the most misunderstood aspect about contemporary art?

A: The most misunderstood aspect about contemporary art is that it has no value. Collectors and philanthropists should not hold back on supporting contemporary art at an early stage.  Continued support over the long-term will build the value back into the artist and the art itself.

Q:  What makes Whitehot Magazine different from other art magazines?

A: Whitehot Magazine is a global publication that has not been hindered by either advertisers or paper costs for its growth as a publication. As a result it covers a broad spectrum of artists and events that are not at the extreme margin but remain just outside the mainstream.

Q: How did you become involved with the magazine ?


A: I began writing for Whitehot Magazine in 2009 at a time when the magazine was establishing its reach.  When we published the interview with Michael Halsband, the response was record-breaking and the publication has since been established as a viable publication in New York City.  Currently the magazine engages a cross-section of writers who present a phenomenal array of responses to the growing global art scene that is based in both New York and beyond.

Q:  New York is famous for its small crummy apartments. If you had to share an apartment with Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali or Judy Chicago, which one would you pick and why?

A: (Laughs) I guess Pablo Picasso because everyone always wants a piece of him.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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