Nov 28th 2016

Drawing directly from proposals of interest to workshop participants, artist, educator, and curator Melissa Potter will lead an in-depth discussion designed to help artists successfully complete applications for a variety of opportunities.

Proposals for grants, residencies, and exhibition/performance calls are a critical component of most artists’ careers. Yet, administrators for these opportunities report that only 30-50% of applicants are eligible for consideration due to incomplete or improperly formatted proposals.

This workshop aims to ameliorate this statistic to ensure that Chicago artists have the tools needed to apply for opportunities to further their careers. We will explore the field of artist opportunities on a local, national, and international level; discuss considerations for evaluating if a program or funding opportunity is a good fit for your practice; and examine the elements that comprise the majority of proposals.

General Public | $20
CAC Artist Members | $10
Current BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH Residents | FREE


Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist whose work deals with women and their rites of passage. She exhibited at venues including White Columns, and Bronx Museum of the Arts, as well as film festivals including the VideoDumbo Festival and the Reeling International LGBT Film Festival. Ms. Potter is a three-time Fulbright recipient to Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina. She has been the recipient of other awards and residencies including the Soros Fund for Arts and Culture, ArtsLink and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. She has curated exhibitions including Social Paper, the first exhibition considering hand papermaking in a socially engaged art context, and Among Tender Roots, the first retrospective of Mexican artist, Laura Anderson Barbata’s work. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Art & Art History Department of Columbia College Chicago.

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