Community-Supported Art Chicago is a yearly art subscription service of locally produced art. Much like Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive a monthly payout of fruits and vegetables, CSA Chicago asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with a “buy local” mentality. The pilot year of commissioned artists include Conrad Bakker, Sara Black, Edie Fake, Jesse Harrod, Jessica Labatte, Jason Lazarus, Laura Mackin, Eric Fleischauer, Pamela Fraser, Aay Preston-Myint, Steve Reinke and Dan S. Wang.
How it works: The program offers a reasonably priced way to support Chicago and regional artists and and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return. Each share costs $400 and subscribers receive 6 signed and numbered artworks over three months, from April to June 2011. Each artwork is a limited edition of 50 and shareholders receive a selection from participating artists. Shares are a curated mix of mediums, disciplines and conceptual projects, each one will be unique. Subscriptions are limited to 100 per year. Subscribe early, between February 1st and April 30th, for only $350.00!
Join us for the launch event on April 30, 2011, in conjunction with Art Chicago/NEXT Art Fair from 6 to 9 pm. The event will feature the first box of the season, hand-crafted cocktails by the Hornswaggler Bar, food and performances by Tamalli Space Charros Collective, live music, the 1st editions of all 12 works for auction and a chance to meet participating artists.