Mar 8th 2023

Willa Goettling – ART NOW! Lecture

Join us for the Art Now! lecture on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 6pm! Guests of Columbia College Chicago must register. Masks are required.

Art, Activism, and Mutual Aid

Why do artist-run spaces so often end up at odds with the needs of the artists they were initially built to serve? As both an artist and an art-worker, Goettling perceives this tension as a failure of the commons. In this talk, Goettling will build connections between facilitating programming at artist-run spaces and her own socially engaged art practice to demonstrate art’s power to affect institutional change. This talk will also look at mutual aid networks, volunteer-run initiatives, and grassroots organizing efforts for communication, collaboration, and adaptability models that arts organizations could learn from.

Willa Goettling is an artist and educator interested in art as a tool for information sharing and community building. Her own art practice is largely based around the production and distribution of printed matter. Goettling received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago (2019) and BA in Medical Anthropology & Global Health from the University of Washington (2016). While at Columbia, she was a Print Production Fellow and contributing writer for the Journal of Artists’ Books; taught undergraduate and graduate printmaking workshops; and received an Albert P Weisman Award for her MFA thesis. In 2020 she was an Artist in Residence at the Center for Artistic Activism (Kingston, NY). She currently teaches workshops through Ugly Duckling Presse (Brooklyn, NY), Dieu Donné© Paper Mill (Brooklyn, NY), and the Independent Publishing Resource Center (Portland, OR). She is the Programs Manager at Smack Mellon Gallery and a regular volunteer at Interference Archive (Brooklyn, NY).

(right) Willa Goettling, imagine a world filled with collective care & radical understanding, 2020, screenprint on hand-sewn naturally dyed and recycled fabric, 36 x 48 inches (left) photo: Sam Liebert

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