Friday, January 19, 2018

Artist in Resident Renee Baker 2018 Installation I, Installation II

"Art is Business"

Human Voices: Right Straight Up  

Installation 1 
Human Voices: Right Straight Up  
Paperworks 2018 
Artist: Renee' C. Baker 

Expressing second life breaths, we listen and hear the vast separation between ancestral spirit whispers and our own imminent sounds. Lost bodies, lost ends, ripening skies and our wanting to be needed...there are infinite distances between this world and the next even as we expand with every breath. 

Installation 1 
Human Voices:Right Straight Up  
Artist: Renee' C. Baker 
  Never independent but cossetted in simple vagaries and pleasures of existing...watching..listening..the connection as slim and tender as hairs...all the while anticipating miracles....

In the Silent House of Signs, Nods and Whispers 

Installation January 25th, - April - 27, 2018

Installation 2 
In the Silent House of Signs, Nods and Whispers 
Paperworks 2018 
Artist: Renee' C. Baker
Besieged by reluctance, poorness of spirit, jumbled lifelines, eye to hand glimpses, passionate nervous systems flung to the dirt and forever catching our breath...sometimes without hope...with hope.....then the outermost, full cry of visions, yet to be realized, come forth to take their chances in our sight lines. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” Call for Prospectus"

"Art is Business"

The Action Network called on all artists, creative organizers, concerned citizens, and all community members to join together on April 4th, 2017, to draw inspiration from and breathe new life into the prophetic words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., strengthening our commitment to speak truth to power and sparking creative action in the year ahead.

April 4th the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s historic Riverside Church speech. The speech remains one of the most powerful expressions of Dr. MLK’s political justice analysis and social vision and serves as a powerful rallying call for all of us working creatively to end racism, militarism, and materialism, are incapable of being conquered.

"[W]e as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
 The Action Network
Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. 


Submit prospectus
Artist(s) Bio/Statement (write a statement about your work in general and your process in 250 Max)

Artist(s) Bio/Statement (write a statement about your work in general and your process in 250 Max)

Please provide a detailed description of your proposed use of a Pop-Up exhibit site.

How much space (Wide x’ deep x’ high) does your installation/work require? What are your electrical needs? Do you have any additional needs or requirements?

  • Curriculum Vitae please include your name, address, phone number and email address along with exhibition and educational background.
  • Please include a Web site links to your work along with 5- 10  JPGS.
  • For installations: description to clearly convey your concept
  • For video work: For curatorial previewing, please supply you YouTube Station, Video segment should be no longer than 3 minutes and cued to the appropriate segment for a panel to view. Time-based media, video art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted. Please do not submit videos of documentation of the artistic process.
  • For live art: website links that document previous work; title, and a description of content and concept of proposed work.
  • For artists proposing projects outside of Chicago: Please include a brief statement showing your means to get to Chicago and availability to assist with staffing of the gallery.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


"Art is Business"-

December was an interesting month for sure, I was at SCOPE Art Fair,  South Beach Miami, as an associate team member for Gallery Guichard. The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series is a search to discover the next great class of emerging visual artists. Artists will submit their artwork online and exhibit at local art gallery events across North America. A select few will have the opportunity to showcase their work at SCOPE Miami Beach, one of the largest global art fairs in the world. National International Curator- Andre' Guichard.


The Dinner Table


Los Angeles

Charity White, PeoplesChoice Winner, "The Dinner Table"

"Art is Business" reposted PSA USDAC
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Dear Artists,

Happy New Year!

Since 2015, each new year brings a new opportunity to show that true democracy is a conversation not a monologue, by taking part in the People’s State of the Union. This year, the People’s State of the Union will take place from January 25th to February 4th. If you’re looking for a way to kick off the year with community connection, dignity and respect, deep truth and deep listening, please join us in this annual civic ritual.

Anyone can host a Story Circle. The PSOTU Toolkit gives you everything you need to get started whether you’re hosting in your own home, through an organization, school, house of worship, library, community center, or beyond.

Download the toolkit and get started here.

Your Story Circle will help surface important truths, deepen relationships, and create bonds of empathy to build on in the year ahead. The stories shared will also inspire the 2018 Poetic Address to the Nation, to be broadcast nationwide from The Public Theater in New York City in April.

In these difficult times, when fear can overwhelm hope, we’re grateful to the 12,000+ USDAC Citizen Artists who keep rising to surmount challenges with creativity and love. Thank you for all the many ways you work to defend cultural rights and to shape a culture of empathy, equity and belonging. Here’s to a year of previously unimagined, even unimaginable, leaps in the direction of love and justice.



Monday, January 1, 2018

INTO ACTION! is a groundbreaking social justice festival of art and ideas.

"Art is Business" reposted from TASK FORCE PR

INTO ACTION! is a groundbreaking social justice festival of art and ideas. An expansive week-long pop-up art exhibition, INTO ACTION, features a series of large format creative installations, music performances, panel discussions and activist workshops designed to inspire hope, galvanize the community and ignite creative engagement. We invited over 175 influential visual artists to generate compelling imagery that will unabashedly declare and define our shared values. It will celebrate the diversity that makes our nation strong, stand up against hate and inequality, and demand a government that works for all people living in the United States. With over 25 creative programming elements over 10 days, INTO ACTION! will include large high-profile concerts and continuous music, organizer training, art workshops, paneled conversations with celebrities and influential culture makers, and many other engaging onsite activations to attract the broadest audience. In collaboration with nonprofit partners, INTO ACTION! will focus visitors toward community action and activation.

This January, we illuminate our resilience and we take back our hope.

* This event is free and open to the public. There are no barriers to entry. Because of safety restrictions, we will cap certain events and entry will be on a first come first serve basis.

TaskForce is a Los Angeles based agency that builds capacity and community for the most influential not-for-profits, brands and people who are taking on the most pressing challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. We work at the intersection of Culture and Social Change. We uniquely understand the role that creative culture plays in shaping public opinion and policy. Our work has resulted in some of the most highly acclaimed and influential public campaigns on behalf of clients that include the United Nations Foundation, the White House, The Nature Conservancy, The MacArthur Foundation, Rock The Vote, Amnesty International and many more. We are a collective of creatives, strategists, organizers, dreamers, and makers working with communities to build momentum towards lasting change.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017


"Art is Business" Reposted Black Art In America, Najee Dorsey-OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSOR- WEBSITE RELAUNCH

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Creature Comforts

"Art is Business" reposted for Laura Engel

Deadline to submit Nov 11, 2017
Hello International Art Group

I have offered International Artists Group a group show in December at my gallery, Second Story Studios. It is a boutique gallery located on Devon Avenue in the heart of Indio/Pak neighborhood. The gallery is a shared space (with radio host, Chuck Mertz) and located above Cary’s Lounge.

Opening Reception Saturday, December 16th
Closing Reception Saturday, January 20th

Submissions are online. Simply email me 2 to 3 images of the art you would like to include in the show along with size and medium.

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, November 11th. (Veteran’s Day to help you remember!)

Based on the amount of submissions, I will get back to you individually with details on which pieces to bring, title and price for the labels, etc. For all artists that are selected to exhibit, there will be a $20 fee to cover Facebook advertising and other costs. We will have a potluck for appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. Due to zoning, alcohol must be purchased at the bar located downstairs.

Attached is a flyer which I encourage you to share with your artist friends.

If you are interested in seeing the gallery, we have an opening reception this Saturday (October 14th) from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM featuring the work of Dave Suarez and Kelly Anderson. We just installed all new track lighting, so I am very excited with the progress of the gallery. Please do stop in and introduce yourself to me!

Thank you,


Laura Engel
Second Story Studios
2251 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659