Oct 21st 2011

Hand in Glove Conference: Day 1

@ Geolofts

3636 S. Iron St., Chicago, IL 60609

Opening Friday, October 21st, from 9:30AM - 8PM

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Regional Art Ecosystems Panel
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch, Open time for discussions/workshops
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Unconventional Residency Programs Panel
7:00 – 10:00 PM: Propeller Fund Award Ceremony (1st floor, Free) and MDW Fair Vernissage (at the Geolofts), $5

Regional Arts Ecosystems: Bringing together arts leaders from across the country, this panel presents the working conditions of particular cities’ cultural scenes through the words of those who are firmly embedded in these communities. Participants will present regional reports on the state of the arts locally and discuss how to further information exchange and collaboration across contexts.

Panelists: Colin Kloecker/Shanai Matteson (Works Progress/Minneapolis), Joseph del Pesco (Independent curator/San Francisco), Kate Daughdrill (Detroit SOUP/Detroit), Juan William Chavez (Artist and cultural activist/St. Louis), moderated by Daniel Tucker (Independent artist and writer/Chicago)

Unconventional Residency Programs: Residencies serve artists from every discipline, providing devoted studio space, facilities and time to complete work. They also serve as postgraduate institutions where artists can continue working out ideas in a social setting and meet new collaborators. Today there are many unconventional residencies operating under independent organizational models and at radically different scales, offering a range of experiences from community engagement in urban settings to temporary campsites in the woods. All of them nurture especially strong connections between the artists on the residency and people who administrate it. Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges regarding how residencies today are taking on especially active roles in shaping artist’s work.

Panelists: Ryan Pierce (Signal Fire, Oregon), Nancy Zastudil (PLAND/New Mexico), Steffani Jemison, (Artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses/Houston), Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere Artist Collaborative/Greensboro, NC), Moderated by Elizabeth Chodos (Ox-Bow Residency Program/Chicago)

Hand-in-Glove is a new semiannual conference for independent visual arts organizers working at the crossroads of creative administration and studio practice. This conference is open to people engaged in the pragmatic realities and imaginative possibilities of organizing exhibitions, re-granting programs, publications, residencies, public programs, platforms for projects, and a variety of other programming that challenges traditional formats for the production and reception of art at the grassroots level. These include, but are not limited to, artist-run exhibition spaces, independent programming series, unconventional residency programs, and artist-run pedagogical experiments. This conference is a way to start a national conversation on creative activity happening outside of traditional institutions and spread the word about innovative organizing models and under-the-radar opportunities that could be useful to artists and organizers.

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