Sunday, October 30, 2011

Public Art Network

The Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) is the ONLY professional network in the United States dedicated to advance the field and strengthen best practices to help communities create public art. PAN provides information through the PAN listserv, a benefit of membership, on project opportunities job listings, and a question and answer board on all topics related to public art.

CALL FOR ARTISTS RESOURCE GUIDE-  for Phantom Gallery Chicago Network Artist/Curators

Phantom Gallery Chicago- Networking Fresno

"Art is Business"- posted by Alpha Bruton


The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979 under the name of the “Alliance for the Arts” by local artists, arts organizations and interested individuals who wished to create a voice for the arts in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Our mission is to “enrich peoples lives through the arts.” Our purpose is to foster an arts community that recognizes and honors the contributions of its citizens to the arts; advocate to city, county, state and national institutions on issues of concern to valley artists; collaborate with community leaders, businesses, corporations, foundations and other arts organizations to bring artists and audiences together.

Arts Specialty:
The FAC is an active advocate for artists and the proliferation of Public Art in the City and County of Fresno. To advocate is to provide active support, to educate and/or speak in favor of a cause, an issue or an organization. We do not lobby the government to influence legislation, but we are advocates for the arts and culture program for the citizens of the City and County of Fresno.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Jazz Cat--

I ran into LeRoy Downs from Los Angeles California during the AfterFest, he and his girl were traveling on the CTA Blue Line to transfer to the Red Line, we started talking and sharing. I saw them in the audience at Elastics AfterFest Concert so they weren't complete strangers, just art patrons hanging out in Chicago. Here is what LeRoy had to say about The Chicago Jazz scene.

Complete Article by LeRoy Downs

The after hours hit was up North at a place called the Logan Square/Avondale Art Center, right at the corner of Milwaukee and Diversy. Now I don’t know how Chitown is doing without the Velvet Lounge and Fred Anderson’s contribution to the art and the city but, all of the cats are here tonight! Intersections, Asian Improv Records and the AACM are all responsible for booking the cats in this series of concerts that Asian Improv Records is sponsoring.

Susan Fox, producer of "Intersections" at Elastic Sound and Vision Gallery

Took the trip on the Blue Line Train back to where 6 points lead to the source; the Elastic, Avant Guard, after-hour, late night, Logan Square Art Center, Jam! If you seek the points, ye shall find where it all happens, where it all begins.

You must be present to experience music. Three didgeridoos, a wood block, and the strings of a bass tapped with a chopsticks makes for music that is out of this world! No book or the excitement of other peoples forays into adventurous music or any recording for that matter could ever make you feel, heal or understand. You must be present to prosper from the gift of sound. 12:49am and the 2nd set has just gotten underway. I know it is late and I know all 20 reasons why you are not here but really, what are you gonna do for the rest of your life? Where is your excitement? What is your reason for inhabiting this planet, why are you here? If your answers are to live, think, grow rich, seek, question, discover, and realize, then the vibration of music is a potent source of nutrients for your being! The mantras in the music will bring you back to your true self, rediscover what wonderful mysteries of love are there waiting for you to reclaim them. This knowledge is for you and music expressed freely with no constraints is one path to self-enlightenment!

LeRoy Downs

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"House of Art" Berlin Art Club 2012

 The Berlin Art Club is aimed to be a "house of art" a home for all artists, visual artists and performance artists, a place for art lovers of all genres.

We are planning to have big and individual exhibitions of renowned artists and galleries from the Art-space of planet earth to come to Berlin. Artists should also be able to do workshops and so get the opportunity to deliver their skills to interested parties. It should be also possible to give visiting artists the opportunity to work and live temporarily in Berlin - in the Berlin Art Club.

The Art Club Berlin is the current front of a number of activities concerning the presentation of art and artists.

Extraordinary situations require extraordinary measures!

Our intent to initiate the Berlin Art Club – is the result of the experience of recent years and has existed mainly since October 2010. Actually we wanted to take our time in the establishment of our club and then to start inviting artists and galleries of different exhibitions to join us.

In September 2011 BAC rented over 2000 square meters of exhibition space with the aim of inviting approximately 100 artists from around the world to inspire our art-tourists.

The deadline to participate in 2012 is the 21 of July if you are applying directly to BAC

· Accommodations: artists coming to Berlin will be given an address of a hotel, where they have to call and make a reservation. We will make a deal with the hotel manager, so that we get a fair price for all international and national guests. Our staff will be informing you about the hotel.

· Artists who would like to take a part in the exhibition, but who will not attend personally, will be informed about the method and costs of achieving their plan. The registration form includes all basic information about the price. Our staff will advise you about the transport of the works and all other details.

· The entrance to the opening event is free. All other events are not. Artists will get 2 free cards that they can give to friends or family members.

BAC - Berlin Art Club 2012 Phantom Gallery Chicago curators should start raising money now to participate as a group exhibition/installation. We will be fundraising through our fiscal receiver NYFA ArtSpire, for Berlin- Chicago Kaleidoscope. Our goal is $40,000 to cover all expenses, (reimbursable) of participating artist/curators from Phantom Gallery Chicago and the International Art Group who are our art partners.

The cost of taking a part in the exhibition for galleries is as follows:
  • 1800, 00 Euro for an area of 2 walls each 4 meter long and the area in between.
  • But a gallery can rent of course more than one unit. If there is an interest in a special combination of walls, a deal can be reached to fulfill their needs.
Information concerning artists in the "bac 2012"- (please visit website for updates)


Monday, October 17, 2011

2012 National Women's Caucus for Art - Call forArt!

Momentum -Contemporary Women's Art.  Commemorating 40 years of the Women's Caucus for Art, Momentum presents the art and ideas ofintergenerational contemporary women artists.  Moving forward and yet still in touch with our roots; what has influenced you as an artist looking back over the past 40 years of women in the arts.Reflecting on struggles and accomplishments; how does this inspire you in your momentum, moving ahead? With this and the definition of momentum in mind (impetus, force, power, drive, energy, strength,physical energy or intensity, vitality,  gathering speed,power residing in a moving object, repeat of recent success) -- Show us your best work.
Juror:  Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator in the Department of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LACMA)
Exhibition Venue: Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Show Dates: February 17 to March 2, 2012.  
Reception with the artists: Friday, February 24 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to all US self-identified women artists.  
Entry Fee:  Up to three pieces of work.  $35 for WCA and LAAA members in good standing, $45 for nonmembers.  
Entry Deadline: Friday, November 18th, uploaded to online entry system by 11:59 PM PST.
Petroleum Paradox: For Better or For Worse?
"The discovery of oil, in 1859, in Pennsylvania, transformed our way of life; we are enveloped by petroleum products - from the shoes we wear,to the materials our clothes are made of, to the way we heat our houses, to our modes of transportation.  Oil dependency pollutesthe environment causing respiratory illness, endangers wildlife, andnecessitates the large scale loss of life as we search to secure sources of oil overseas. How do we maintain our optimism despite this rush to grab dwindling non-renewable energy assets, instead of focusing on renewable energy and the prevention of global warming?

This exhibit seeks to raise awareness of our imperiled democracy and the Petroleum Paradox. What do you think about the Petroleum Paradox and what is happening in our oil dependent society and world?
Juror: Eleanor Heartney, is a Contributing Editor to Art in America andArtpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for such other publications as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New ArtExaminer, the Washington Post and The New York Times.
Exhibition Venue: DeniseBibro Fine Art - 529 West 20th Street 4W, New York, NY 10011
Show Dates:  May 18to June 23, 2012  
Reception with the artists: Thursday, May 24th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Eligibility: Open to all USself-identified women artists.  
Entry Fee:  Up to three pieces of work.  $35 for WCA and $45 for nonmembers. 
Entry Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012, uploaded to online entry system by 11:59 PMPST.

About Women's Caucus for Art:
The Women's Caucus for Art was founded in 1972, and is an Affiliated Society of the College Art Association (CAA). It is a national memberorganization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museumprofessionals. The mission of WCA is to create community through art,education and social activism.

Questions about either
P. O. Box 1498, Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013-1498
Tel:  212.634.0007   
Facebook:         Twitter:!/artWCA

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Youth Issues Youth Solutions Program

For everyone that attend the Urban Jungle Fundraiser at Rumble Arts Center it was a huge success, and "Thank you" so much for your support.

I am writing to you, in the hope, that you will respond whether you are interested in a volunteer opportunity working with a small group of children who live in this area (North Lawndale). I would like to be able to refer you to our Children's Program Coordinator.

Gretchen is a volunteer who coordinates other volunteers who are interested in working with UAR's - Youth Issues Youth Solutions program. The children are 6-12yrs. old for
the most part. On any given session we offer there might be 4-10 children participating.

We are looking to find 2 volunteer teachers for 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3-5pm) now through end of March 2012. Volunteers can schedule once a month, or 2X a month, once a week, or for special activities only.

For example, we are offering a Halloween Party for adults &; kids on Oct. 31 (4-8p.m.) and we are looking for volunteers to help with costumes, answer the door to trick or treaters, help kids to roast marshmallows and bob for apples, and hand out treats and refreshments.

We also need volunteers to go on field trips seasonally.

Here are your choices:
1. volunteer once a month to work with children as a volunteer teacher
2. volunteer once a week to work with children as a volunteer teacher
3. volunteer to present a special program of your choosing to the children once
4. volunteer to substitute when someone else cannot make it to work with the children
5. volunteer for UAR in some other capacity, not with children.
6. ask to be taken off our email list and receive no more emails from UAR

PLEASE, respond to this email letting me know which choice you make for yourself.

I sure do appreciate your cooperation!

Dianna C. Long
1957 S. Spaulding Ave.
Chicago, Il. 60623
(773) 542-9126

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BALLOU & YOU Exhibition, "Exquisite Corpse" 2011

Dear friends, friends of the arts, artists and art-lovers,
Please join us for
On Friday, October 14th,2011
at Café Ballou
939 N. Western Ave,Ukrainian Village, Chicago
This event is a part of Chicago Artists Month 2011

Enjoy BALLOU & YOU exhibition, have a drink, and create your own “part of the corpse”.

Exquisite corpse,also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.

No special skills are necessary… there are many ways to play the “exquisite corpse”.
Come ready to chat, sketch, draw, drink, collage, eat and/or paint (acrylics or water-colors, no oils please) or write.