Sep 15th 2011

Cooperatives. Collectives. Apartment galleries. Nonprofits. Opportunities abound for artists to exhibit their art despite the decline of commercial galleries. Learn first-hand career strategies from leaders in utlizing and providing alternatives to the for-profit gallery system.

Joining the discussion will be Mary Ellen Croteau from Art on Armitage, Sergio Gomez from 33 Contemporary Gallery (formerly 33 Collective Gallery), Anni Holm from People Made Visible (ArtXposium), and Lauren Pacheco from Chicago Urban Art Society. Mary Ellen Croteau will be moderating the discussion.

About the panelists:

A lifelong Chicagoan, Mary Ellen Croteau received a BFA from University of Illinois Chicago in 1990 and an MFA from Rutgers University in 1998. She has lectured and exhibited internationally, and her art has won numerous awards and has been reproduced extensively. Since 2003, Croteau has run a window gallery in Chicago, Art On Armitage, bringing fine art into the Chicago streetscape where passers-by can see work by contemporary artists of many disciplines, from many countries.

Anni Holm, is the Co-Founder, Director and Curator of People Made Visible, Inc. (PMV). PMV is a non-for-profit organization based in the city of West Chicago with a mission to facilitate community while fulfilling the artistic, social, educational and cultural needs of the community through an innovative physical and web based presence. Besides claiming to be a conceptual artist, she works as the Art Coordinator at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL, and has been a teaching artist with CAPE (Chicago Arts Partnership in Education) since 2009.

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