Meet Ann Trondson: artist, teacher and co-founder of local nonprofit

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Distinguished Artist Ann Trondson at 2022 Magic City Art Connection (Bham Now)

Ann Trondson is making a difference in Birmingham’s art community and beyond. Keep reading to learn about Ann and how she’s making impact on Birmingham.

Meet Ann Trondson

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Artist, teacher and more. (Ann Trondson)

Ann Trondson is a Birmingham-based artist. According to her website, each of her rigorously crafted, large scale projects investigate how our everyday desires can become something special and much bigger as it relates to our own personal subjectivity and memory.

She is currently the Co-Director of Vinegar, an artist-run, women-led nonprofit organization exhibiting new commissions from local, regional and international artists. Vinegar’s exhibition space, Vinegar Contemporary, showcases artists who are working in emerging and experimental art forms.

Ann’s work has been held in prestigious locations across the country, some including:

On top of all of that, Ann is also a photography teacher at The Altamont School. A woman that does it all!

The Day Series

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On the first Monday of August 2021, Ann Trondson started The Day Series. Every day since then, Monday—Friday, she has created one collage and color gradient using the previous weeks’ New York Times Sunday Newspaper. This series will be completed on July 31, 2022 with a total of 260 pieces.

The Day Series is one collective artwork made up of smaller individual works. Each of these works is for sale and can be reserved by shopping here. The series is updated continuously, so keep an eye out for new portions of the series on her site!

She showcased this collection as the featured artist during Magic City Art Connection 2022.

Birmingham

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Birmingham skyline at Railroad Park (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

Much of Ann’s inspiration comes from our beautiful city. Driving around and doing day-to-day things is often where she finds the beauty Birmingham has to offer.

“I spend a lot of time going back and forth to my day job at the Altamont School teaching photography and Vinegar, coincidently both in Forest Park. Going back and forth, driving through so many neighborhoods like Downtown, Highlands, Homewood, Vestavia, etc. I am always struck by what a beautiful city it is with all the winding roads, views of the hills, plus all the great sunsets from the various Bluffs.”

Ann Trondson

Art and the community

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Co-directors of Vinegar. (Vinegar Projects / Facebook)

Ann Trondson sees firsthand how important art is for a growing community like our own. It is so important to support and champion artists so that they are able to continue to prosper and grow with the community.

“I think that art is really important for all communities, but one thing that I think would help communities prosper and grow is if more artists were offered more financial support for their creative labor. Sometimes, I’m offered opportunities without compensation and I think that is a big mistake. We need more than exposure to keep going and supporting ourselves! I think that would truly be a win-win for any community and the artists in it.”

Ann Trondson

Ann and her co-director, Melissa Yes, have created a nonprofit that works towards that mission. Vinegar brings the creation and experience of art together with the community to support, challenge and enrich our collective consciousness.

Birmingham, take notes. These women are using their talents in such impactful ways!

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