Curatorial practice is in the air this week. Word came from the awesome people over at HATCH Projects as part of the Chicago Artists Coalition that applications are up for both the curatorial and artists residencies. Elsewhere in the world of curatorial-ness, something is going down in Paris, and Frieze wants someone badass to hire.
Hatch Projects curatorial residency application: August 15th
Hatch Projects artists residency application: October 1st
HATCH Projects (2012-2013) is a yearlong, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. A pioneering initiative of CAC, HATCH Projects fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs.
The Curatorial Residency is a new component of the program, designed by an Advisory Committee of local curators, artists and arts administrators who identified a need for professional development opportunities for emerging curators.
Artist Residents are divided into groups of six to work with one Curator Resident throughout the year. Selected artists will participate in two exhibitions curated by the groupâ€™s assigned Curator Resident. Each Artist Resident receives professional development through dynamic exhibitions, one-on-one studio visits, public programs, and community building to develop a sustainable creative practice.
Mentor Curators will provide experienced mentorship to selected Curator Residents throughout the year: Romi Crawford, (Ph.D.) Associate Professor, Visual Critical Studies and Liberal Arts and Graduate Director, Visual Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Lisa Dorin (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago); Sarah Herda (Executive Director, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts); and Lisa Yun
Lee (Director, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum). Tricia Van Eck (founder and Director, 6018 North) will act as the HATCH Projects Advisor.
High five woman curator power.
chicagoartistscoalition.org/hatchprojects/ for HATCH Projects application guidelines.
Young Curators program, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, EU
Deadline September 30th
(hell yes: no application fee, must be under 40)
Dedicated to the emergence of the newest forms of contemporary art as it is, the Palais de Tokyo sees participating in the renewal of the ecosystem of art as part of its remit. This is why it undertakes to seek out and support new players, and new directions.
Thus in the summer of 2013 the Palais de Tokyo is entrusting its entire program schedule to young curators. Selected on the basis of the proposals they submit, the winners will bear witness to the perpetual reinvention of the issues involved in curating an exhibition, their scouting talent, and their ability to dream up new ways of relating to art. This event is likewise intended to demonstrate the dynamism of Paris and the surrounding area as part of a joint initiative involving a great many partners and institutions.
Curator, Frieze Foundation
Frieze Foundation is seeking an experienced curator to devise the programme of special commissions at Frieze London, including: Frieze Projects, Frieze Film, and the selection and production of the Emdash award. The curator will have sole responsibility to deliver a high-profile and innovative art programme at the London fair.
Application: â€¨To apply for this position please send a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with â€˜Curator, Frieze Foundationâ€™ in the subject line.
Dear Chicago, please allow me to let my nerd flag fly today. The entity known as Columbia College apparently has a Center for Book and Paper Arts, which is already pretty cool, but on top of that they are accepting proposals for two $10,000 commissions. This reminds me of the NMWAâ€™s Fellowâ€™s artist program, which then reminds me of the Womenâ€™s Studio Workshop residency. On the other hand, maybe you donâ€™t make books but live in Brooklyn. In that case you should participate in Brooklyn Museumâ€™s new community-based initiative.
Letâ€™s talk BKLYN.
GO: a community-curated open studio project
Artist registration ends on June 29!
GO is a new project from the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists are asked to open their studios to the community on September 8-9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Â Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project.
In book news…
Columbia Collegeâ€™s CBPA Commision
Deadline: September 15th, 2012
The Center for Book and Paper Arts, a program of the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago, recently received a $50,000 Arts in Media grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a new electronic publishing initiative, Expanded Artistsâ€™ Books. Â This grant will support an award of two $10,000 commissions for new artworks for the iPad. These will have physical counterparts that intersect, modulate, or inform the digital components of the artwork.
Super boring downside: â€œIn addition to the quality of the concept, the criteria for selection of proposals will include the artist’s demonstrated facility with the digital tools (prior iPad development experience highly valued)â€
Silver lining: You have more than 2 months to master the â€œfacilityâ€ of the iPad.
Brief nerdy mentions if you are a book artist or have made a book or like artistâ€™s books in general:
A while back I mentioned the Library Fellowsâ€™ Award from National Museum of Women in the arts. It exists in essence to encourage and support the creation of artistsâ€™ books and to benefit the Library and Research Center. Anyway, the deadline is June 30th and if youâ€™re a hardcore talented genius, I suggest you put in a proposal in the next four days. If youâ€™re maybe a little more humble about yourself, itâ€™s a biennial sort of thing and so there is always the year after next to apply.
In the same vein of identifying as a woman and being a book artist, there is of course the Womenâ€™s Studio Workshopâ€”a visual arts organization with specialized studios in printmaking, hand papermaking, ceramics, letterpress printing, photography, and book arts. P.S. WSW is the largest publisher of hand printed artists’ books in the country. They offer grants, fellowships, residencies, internships and studio space in a pretty dreamy part of New York state.
Last but not least, one of my favorite websites to spend time on is The Independent Photobook. And, I think heâ€™s douchebag, but Alec Sothâ€™s LBM website has a great list of resources to check out for the emerging and well acquainted book-minded.
Lately there has been more grants and prizes than you can shake a stick at. Beginning with the Frieze prize, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s the perfect time to devote yourself to writing. If youâ€™re lazy like me though, you take pictures and should apply for the Humble grant for emerging photographers. If youâ€™re just straight up post modern (read: into â€˜net art) you should apply to the new Creative Commons prize, notably titled â€œThe Liberated Pixel Cup.â€ If youâ€™re a painter…well, I just donâ€™t know what to tell you. More info below!
Itâ€™s also worth noting that thereâ€™s a new video up of the ENTIRE how-to-win-the-Propeller-Fund workshop AKA, â€œFunding and Creating Your Independent Projects.â€ Check it out here.
OR, be there in person:
Saturday, June 16, 2pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, June 27, 6pm
6932 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, July 18, 6pm
Gallery 400, UIC
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago
Frieze Prize 2012
deadline: July 20th
Aspiring writers are invited to submit an unpublished 700-word review in English of a recent contemporary art exhibition. Applicants must be over 18 years old and must not have had more than three pieces of writing on art published in a newspaper or magazine. The winner will be awarded Â£2,000 (a lot of American dollars) and commissioned to write a review for an upcoming issue of frieze.
Humble Foundationâ€™s New Photography Grant
deadline: June 29th
Given twice annually (fall and spring), the grant is a $1,000 cash award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in contemporary art photography as submitted to Humble Arts Foundation.
Funded projects can be new or ongoing and with visual strength and clarity of proposal.
THE LIBERATED PIXEL CUP
deadline: June 30th
Liberated Pixel Cup is a two-part competition: make a bunch of awesome free culture licensed artwork, and then program a bunch of free software games that use it. Liberated Pixel Cup brings together some powerful allies: Creative Commons, Mozilla, OpenGameArt, the Free Software Foundation, and you.
I definitely missed the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation grant program for arts writers, but with that said, there is always next year. Itâ€™s basically amazing and I think everyone involved in the arts should enter.
This week’s newsbits
While you were busy getting high on bath salts this week, it was announced that international badass and Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder is set to begin making Chicagoâ€™s largest public artworkâ€¦ever.
From the press release:
[The artist and a team of workers] will install, piece-by-piece, Color Jam, Stockholderâ€™s three-dimensional vinyl artwork containing flashes of color and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets, commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance.
The piece will be surrounding buildings, sidewalks and streets at the intersection of State and Adams Streets in the Chicago Loop.
The official â€œopeningâ€ of Color Jam will be on Tuesday, June 5th at 10 am.
Press release fun facts:
Color Jam is the largest public artwork in Chicagoâ€™s history and the largest contiguous vinyl project in the U.S. It is composed of over 76,000 square feet of colored vinylâ€”enough material to make 50,000 vinyl records, wrap over 130 city buses or cover one and a half football fields. Printing Color Jam on a standard HP home printer would require 2,100 ink cartridges and 180 hours of continuous printing.
Follow the live streaming at www.colorjamchicago.com. The public artwork will be at the intersection of State and Adams Streets from June 5 through September 30, 2012.
Susanne Ghez, who has led The Renaissance Society since 1973, has informed the Board of Directors of The Renaissance Society of her intention to step down from her position as Executive Director and Chief Curator in January 2013.
Throughout her 40 year tenure, Ghez has introduced Chicago to many groundbreaking artists, including Robert Smithson Joseph Kosuth, Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Arturo Herrera, Laura Letinsky, and Kara Walker. Understanding the necessity of the artist catalogue, she decided to expand the museumâ€™s publication program and helped to facilitate the museumâ€™s digital archive and website.
From 1999 to 2002, she served as co-curator of Documenta 11 and continued to widen the international scope on Chicago arts. In 2002, Ghez was awarded the 2002 International Lifetime Achievement Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.
The Renaissance Society is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art located on the campus of The University of Chicago, at 5811 South Ellis Avenue, 4th floor, Chicago, IL 60637. The board of The Renaissance Society has formed a transition committee that is working with executive search firm Phillips Oppenheim to identify the museumâ€™s next leader.
Chicagoâ€”Did you know Vermont Studio Center has a bunch of niche fellowships and one of them happens to be for you, a Chicago resident (or part of the SAIC alumni/faculty army). The Anderson/Frankel Fellowship exists!
Thereâ€™s other fellowships throughout the year prior to the deadlines, focusing on everything from merit to medium, regionality, ethnicity or gender. I have friends that have come back from VSC and ranted for months and months of the facilities, friendliness and overall great experience. Apply, apply!
Deadline: June 15th, so hurry.
The ultra dreamy-ness that is the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha is now accepting applications for the remaining 2013 cycles.
From the website, which doesnâ€™t waste your time and sites the FACTS:
TIME 3 months of uninterrupted, self-directed work time.
SPACE The Bemis Center is housed in two urban warehouses totaling 110,000 square feet. Each artist is provided with a generously sized live/work studio with a private bathroom and 24 hour access to facilities including a wood shop, installation spaces, and a large sculpture fabrication facility.
SUPPORT $750 monthly stipend.
First deadline is September 30, 2012.
Also around the â€˜Nets is word from Rhizome about the UK-based Lumen Prize Exhibition, a prize focusing on new digital art, which I am still very confused about.
Here we go…
â€œThe Lumen Prize Exhibition is an international award that celebrates the very best fine art created digitally. Our goal is to focus the worldâ€™s attention on this exciting, emerging genre of fine art that can travel across borders effortlessly and be enjoyed in a wide range of venues â€“ from galleries and museums in the worldâ€™s biggest cities to outdoor public spaces in both urban and rural environments.â€
The deadline is July 31st and apparently you can enter as many times as you like, along with the $40 fee each time. w/e.
Happy holiday weekend!