Jun 23rd 2018

Firsts and Starts: Navigating Art-Making as a New Mother

@ Roman Susan

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL 60626

Opening Saturday, June 23rd, from 3PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, June 23rd

Firsts and Starts, features the work of new artist mothers in an intergenerational, interactive exhibition and meeting space. This is a space for new artist mothers and their work to be visible in the art world at a time of rapid personal and creative transformation. Organized by Extended Practice – an artist-led project created to support and make visible the work and needs of artist mothers – Firsts and Starts will explore and demonstrate the kinds of shifts needed to support meaningful and productive engagement of new mothers in the art world. During the run of the exhibition, we will host three New Artist Mother Meet-ups and a closing reception. These events inside the gallery make visible the process of grappling with the shifts in a new mother’s creative practice.

Visually, the exhibition engages the two worlds of the new artist mother: the lower portion of the space available to children and the upper portion an additive display the creative work of mothers. The installation of creative work will begin with the artwork of Emily Lindskoog, Tracy Marie Taylor, and Angela Lopez – who met at a new moms group hosted by Swedish Covenant Hospital and still look to each other for support in balancing parenthood and artmaking. Joining them will be groups of self-identified new artist mothers – maybe even you! – who will engage in an artist-led and collaborative process for installing their own creative work in the exhibition, as their children play below. The gallery space will grow as a document of the evolving social networks, conversations and creative practices of the participating artist mothers. Outside of the New Artist Mom meet-ups the gallery will be open to the public – parents and non-parents alike – everyone is welcome!

Extended Practice is created and organized by Sara Holwerda and Angela Lopez.

New Artist Mother Meet-up – REGISTER HERE: https://extendedpracticeprojects.wufoo.com/forms/r1favu8p0fvyeli/

Meet-up dates: Thu. May 17th @ 9:30am – Wed. May 30th @ 9:30am – Mon. June 11th @ 9:30am

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 3-6pm

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