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A little history

“A name, a birthday, an exhibition date… Mary Jean Blasdale would like to know more about the works of following New Bedford artists. She can be contacted at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.”

It Started With a Newspaper Clipping!

Ron Fortier and Jeff Wotton are the co-creators of the original South Coast Artist Profiles website project. The idea was originally stimulated by a newspaper ad from the mid-1980s clipped from the New Bedford Standard-Times seeking assistance in finding information on nearly 150 individuals with the plea:

“A name, a birthday, an exhibition date… Mary Jean Blasdale would like to know more about the works of following New Bedford artists. She can be contacted at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.”

Mary Jean Blasdale, the curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum until her retirement in 2006, went on to publish the Artists of New Bedford: A biographical dictionary (1990).

This clipping was the inspiration for the ensuing South Coast Artist Profiles project which was launched in July 2012 during a period of severe economic doldrums.

It was envisioned as a website project featuring The Index; a supportive database built with information from contributing artists, from our researchers and our readers.

The Pro:Files, as they were called, were the online magazine articles about the cultural and creative community written by our staff writers and contributing writers.

The ultimate goal was the documentation of the lives and activities of the community’s creative individuals and institutions, both past and present. Our original slogan was, “Spreading the Word About Our Creative Community!”

What happened? Perhaps our vision was ill-timed or too ambitious. The good news is that the South Coast Artist Profiles is now returning and reconfigured as The Artists Index Project.

The new supportive website for The South Coast Artist Profiles began its reincarnation in April of 2019 with the mission of “Putting Artists in Their Place for History!”

In the meantime, if you can’t wait and have information on an artist from the past that you would like to contribute information about, use this link.

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