Monday, December 29, 2014

Publications from Americans for the Arts- PAN

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In this Section: Research Studies & Publications

We know how hard you work to build arts programs in your community. Americans for the Arts produces a number of annual publications, e-newsletters, and reports to help you make the case for arts funding, educate lawmakers and citizens, and lead effective advocacy campaigns.

We also conduct and produce research, surveys, and reports about the arts in America to provide quantitative, measurable impact of our field.

Having trouble finding what you need? E-mail us and let us help point you in the right direction.

Monday, December 22, 2014

PopUp Research Station 2014 a Year in Review

2014 a Year In Review on BlogTalkRadio October 2, 2013 - October 22, 2014.Last year we launched a Podcast produced by GYST Radio on BlogTalk, Pop-Up Research Station will develop gradually hosting creative conversations that explore "Temporary Public Art Installations" "Storefront Art Movements" "Creative Place-making" and projects that are the impetus for "Cultural Urban Planning".

The PopUp Research Station on BlogTalkRadio will cover snap shots of artist stories, host real discussions on the problems we face, offer a support system as well as soliciting advice on to avoid the potholes moving forward.of Phantom Galleries LA-, and Alpha Bruton-Chief Curator of t Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.

October 2, 2013
Bill Moran of Moran Studios, Greater Chicago Area - ‎Owner MoranStudios - fine art and decorative painting ... President/Owner at Moran Studios, past president of Ravenswood Arts Walk (RAW), OpenWall   sub-committee project that is exploring the use of empty storefronts as pop-up galleries in the 47th Ward, (North Center, Lincoln, Irving Park, Lawrence, and Ravenswood).

Director, OpenWall ChicagoPatricia Larkin Green  International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Ink Painting Society, and Exhibition Coordinator, North America Branch-East Coast.

 Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood—a new initiative by the Hammer Museum that aims to re-energize Westwood Village with the creative force of local Angeleno artisans and craftspeople. From November 1 to 24, the Hammer  filled several empty storefronts in Westwood, donated by the property owners to this project, with an array of artisan vendors. With its accompanying events and workshops, the Arts ReSTORE pop-up village will enliven the neighborhood with a new and vibrant retail experience. 

Hosted by Liza Simone founder of Phantom Galleries LA, Alpha Bruton Cheif Curator Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

PopUp Station Research Station- CAM- Lisa McDonald 

Lisa McDonald, President and founder of Research Explorers has over twenty-five years of research, marketing, and strategic planning experience. She is a member, and chair of the membership committee.

Diasporal Rhythms was founded in 2003, ... The organization hosts both public and private (members only) events, including home tours, exhibitions and other opportunities to build knowledge about cultural value. Currently a regional organization.

Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone on BlogTalkRadio, kicking off the beginning of their partnership to produce PopUp Research Station.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chicago’s art scene isn’t like the rest: It’s surprisingly diverse

Chicago’s art scene isn’t like the rest: It’s surprisingly diverse


 on December 17, 2014
Raymond Thomas is a full-time working artist in Chiago. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-TimesRaymond Thomas is a full-time working artist in Chiago. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Raymond A. Thomas is an award-winning, Chicago-based, full-time artist. He doesn’t have to flip burgers or teach a high school gym class to make ends meet. He also doesn’t have to move to New York or to Los Angeles to find a market for his work. Last year, in fact, one of his paintings was awarded Best of Show/first place at the long-standing, annual Black Creativity exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. And right now, he’s got a showing at Blanc Gallery in Bronzeville, a South Side neighborhood that is home to the city’s latest rebirth of the arts.
Some might think Thomas is an anomaly in the art world, in that he’s successful, has an arts degree from the School of the Art Institute and he’s black. And, a recent study by BFAMFAPhd, “Artists Report Back: A National Study on the Lives of Arts Graduates and Working Artists,” would seem to agree. That study crunched every number possible and found that the supermajority of arts grads don’t work in the field, don’t make a living off their art and are overwhelmingly white men.
Raymond Thomas poses among some of his work. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Raymond Thomas poses among some of his work in his gallery. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Those numbers, based upon census figures, can’t be argued. But in Chicago, the artists, buyers, arts foundations, city market places, galleries and collectors appear to have more of an open mind when it comes to embracing and cultivating diversity. It’s not perfect, say local artists, but it’s a start.
“There is a renaissance going on in this city as far as the black visual arts are concerned,” says Thomas, whose gallery is inside a new artists loft space on 47th street just off Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. “I think there’s nothing akin to this anywhere in the country. Nowhere else will you find five institutions or gallery spaces exhibiting [exclusively] African-American artists. Less than a mile away [from 47th street] you will find your art stars, Theaster Gates with his whole compound, Kerry James Marshall and a little further west you find Hebru Brantley. It’s incredible.”
Raymond Thomas | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Raymond Thomas says there’s a renaissance going on in the city with black visual arts. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times
Thomas, whose work “reaffirms the humanity of the community,” talks a lot about ensuring that the story of artists of color is not mired in depressing statistics. His thought process seems useful to consider when juxtaposed to that presented in an October Washington Post piece that ran with the headline, “If you’re lucky enough to earn a living from your art, you’re probably white.” That piece, byRoberto Ferdman, led off by stating that racial diversity among America’s working artists “pretty much doesn’t exist.” And while many in the local arts scene appreciated the spirit behind the headline and the lead sentence, they say that more discussion is needed.
“Our cultural scene’s vibrancy is enhanced by some very talented, hard-working, high-profile, very successful artists of color,” says Paul Gray, director of the Richard Gray Gallery here in Chicago (which is home to Theaster Gate’s acclaimed Retreat exhibition). “Unfortunately I don’t believe that in any way impugns the statistical evidence in the Washington Post article; racism, ingrained biases and other factors have stacked the deck in favor of white people, and white men in particular. Any other conclusion is self-congratulatory defensiveness. Economic power in our society is key, and while the numbers may not tell the whole story, it is a fantasy that money does not matter to an artist. Artists need housing and have children to educate just as the rest of us do, and even a small disparity (though the truth seems to be there is a large one) has to adversely impact their ability to pursue their talent, to all of our detriment.”
It’s inappropriate to talk about what is or what is not in someone’s pocketbook. But,  Dawoud Bey, another one of the city’s “art stars” finds it more useful to say this: “If you are lucky enough to make money off of your art, you are probably making some very interesting art!” Plus, he says, though it is is true that not even 20 years ago, the only black artist frequently discussed in elite circles was Jean-Michel Basquiat, institutional racism is slowly being replaced with an appreciation for a wider swath of art.
The palace gates have been busted open if you want to put it that way,” says Bey, who references a number of influential artists of color including Carrie Mae Weems, Marshall, Gates, David Hammons and Alison Saar. “There are simply too many works by African-American artists in museums throughout the country for me to say that institutional racism is a continued hindrance. It should be said that this inclusion is happening because progressive minded museum directors, curators and museum trustees — who are also collectors of this work — are making this happen.”
However, Bey does add this: “It’s not happening because we are living in a benign, post-racial society. It is happening because certain people who are now well situated in the art world and within museum culture continue to fight the good fight. And it is also happening because some of the most interesting, engaging and provocative work continues to be made by my fellow African-American artists.”
It also doesn’t hurt that Chicago, is, well, Chicago — a city that is segregated but still manages to consistently produce stars.
“I think, in general, Chicago is an anomaly,” says Andre Guichard, artist and owner of Gallery Guichard, also located in Bronzeville. In terms of density, Guichard’s gallery shares a building with Thomas’ studio. “Our gallery for the last 10 years now has worked with and represented several artists that are full-time artists, and that is to Chicago’s advantage. You don’t have to have a job in another field.”
Both Guichard and Thomas exhibited at the Harlem Fine Arts Show, which stopped through the Chicago Merchandise Mart a few weeks ago. By the end of the Chicago exhibition, some $1.3-million worth of art was sold, according to Dion Clark, who created and curated the art fair.
That said, the next hurdle to possibly cross might be that of valuation.
“It can be said that the works of African-American artists are still not valued at auction or in gallery prices and valuation of their work is not at the same level of any number of white artists,” says Bey. However, “Chicago has certainly been more than receptive to the works of black artists, with representation by many of the galleries in this city, including Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Kavi Gupta, Stephen Daiter, and Valerie Carberry — all of whom are doing very well with this work.”
The city is also receptive to the works of Mexican artists. A number of pop-up shops and museums have featured works by people of  color. Painter and muralist Sentrock held a pop-up shop at Elephant in the South Loop. He’s become quite popular with a younger population that enjoys art that speaks to more of a hip-hop generation. And, he deliberately moved to Chicago because he knew he would find more collectors among the urbane. And artist Gabriel Villa, known for his provocative imagery, is currently the focus of an exhibit at the city’s National Museum of Mexican Art. (A few years ago, one of his murals was painted over in what he describes as a form of censorship.) One of his current murals, “American Painting,” is at 18th and Oakley.
Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Executive Director of United States Artists, says that arts foundations play a major part in financing a wide-ranging group of worthy candidates. Her group, USA, gives away $50,000 annually to artists in an untethered grant.
“If you look at our winners, there is a majority of artists of color and almost 50 percent women — which is another part of the art field that is constantly a controversial topic” says Garcia Jayaram, whose foundation makes an effort to include diversity on the board of trustees and nominating committee level. “You see the same issues in the corporate and legal sector that there’s still a bias. Chicago is a bit different for artists of color. Dawoud Bey and others are a handful who are thriving in Chicago, but there’s the foundational aspect of this. Foundations are the ones who fuel a lot of the community organizations and grassroots organizations that support these artists.”
And then there’s the elitist thing. It’s no secret that, as the study says, art schools offer the most expensive educations going. Pair that with segregation and the issues multiply. That’s why Chicago has done well to support local community arts centers, says Diane Dinkins Carr, a known arts collector and evaluator.
“I’ve watched how Theaster rose because I’m affiliated with the South Side Community Arts Center, the oldest black art center in the country,” says Dinkins Carr, who believes that successful contemporary artists should do more to help the newbies. “I remember  when the art center and their auctions were the only place to go to to look at black art. Now different art galleries and white galleries are accepting all art now.”
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

ArtisTTable Retreat in MORVAN France

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Dear Friends of the ArtisTTable:

Two years ago we launched a website that we thought would be a good way to bring many artists from around the world together to make art, and to show it off in exhibitions for all to see. Over the last 24 months we have done just that and grown to have a good presence on several social media platforms as well. We have hosted 14 unique juried exhibitions and held several figure drawing and plein air events in the US and Europe. Most recently we have announced an Art Retreat in Morvan France, 30 August - 07 September 2015.

The setting for this adventure is the lush rolling hills of the Morvan region of France, near the village of Larochemillay. Artists will receive an intensive experience spending time working in the countryside, small villages as well as from the model in the landscape. Emphasis will be given to exploration, experimentation and observation. Fees include accommodations, sketchbook, all meals and local transportation.  For more information go to this link:


We continue to be very busy here at the ArtisTTable with lots of things happening as we finish out 2014 and welcome in 2015. It is our pleasure to announce the Call for Small Art in our Second Annual Open Themed Small Works Show in the Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

Once again the ArtisTTable has partnered with the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids. We are seeking small works of art for 2 LITTLE  that will open 04 June 2015  and run through 30 June in the Richard App Gallery. This is an international exhibition with online registration. 2 LITTLE will also be exhibited simultaneously in the Exhibition Section of the ArtisTTable website. Please read the details at this link:
Make a special note that while the show is not until June the deadline is April 15th in order to allow time for shipping.

Our next and nearest deadline is 11 January 2015. We are currently seeking art work for our all media Still Life Show. As with all of our shows there are cash prizes for the first 3 places and, it will be featured in the Exhibition section of the ArtisTTable website. Our juror is Chicago designer Kenneth Walter of Gray & Walter.

Read all the details and register online today by clicking here:


​Do us a favor and take a moment to fill out this brief questionnaire by clicking on the link below. We would love to hear what you have to say about the ArtisTTable so that we can make it a better place be. Thanks.
What some people have said about the ArtisTTable:
"Since being awarded an Honorable Mention in the ArtisTTable Portrait Show, I have been very busy with commissions. In fact I have 6 in my studio right now that I need to do."
-Erna Langstaad, The Netherlands
"The ArtisTTable events provide two necessary elements to the fully- realized life: social contact with others who have shared interests yet different approaches, ultimate goals and levels of ability. Participants enrich those around them while being enriched themselves and all in a pleasing and merry social milieu. The other element that is provided is an opportunity to hone one's skills, challenge oneself through a disciplined and mindful effort to improve and excel."
- Charles La Rue, Michigan, USA

"It was a joy to work with you, it really didn't feel like work at all.  After the stuffy art studio classes I've been doing for the past few months, your laid back attitude was a breath of fresh air. It felt like  friends getting together socially instead of artists and models.  To tell you the truth, i can't remember the last time I asked an artist if I could stay an extra hour. I was truely having that much fun. Thanks again and I hope we can make art again sometime."
- Bob the Art Model, Chicago, USA
"A few days ago I received a wonderful present, 3 of the of my photos were accepted into the ArtisTTable's Women Show. If any one would have told me 30 years ago when I ended my studies in Betzalel that I would be walking in this direction today, I would not believe it..."
- Ilana Weiler, Jerusalem, Israel

"...Wow. That's great news to wake up to. Cool. Makes me want to paint more and more. I just went through the show and saw some terrific work..."
- Lindy Bishop, Michigan, USA

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Agent and Artist: Pettis and Najjar

I got an opportunity to interview Lavon Pettis, and Najjar in April 30, 2014, on the PopUp Research Station, Blogtalk Radio, and this fall we shared the stage during the Intersectionality Critique Exchange, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The talk was very insightful, as we recognized each others practice, and how our spirituality is reflective in our art. It was due to the efforts of Pettis to make the connection and setup the platform of communication.

Pettis has created exhibition and featured artist in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

Najjar has created exhibitions and featured artists in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

To learn more about Najjar Abdul-Musawwir and his work, please contact Lavon Pettis, Creative Manager, at

Najjar Abdul-Musawwir was born October 25th, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He is an internationally acknowledged artist who has exhibited throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe. He currently works as an Associate Professor of studio arts and art history in the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

He has received distinguish and prestigious acknowledgments, and among them are: first Artist-n-Residency/exhibition for the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit, invitational Artist-n-Residency/exhibition by the Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery in Malaysia, commissioned to create a piece for the Visions of Our 44th President travelling exhibition hosted by Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Rickert Ziebold Trust Awardee, Judge William Holmes Cook Professorship Endowment, and was invited by the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago as a member of an Illinois artists' consulting team.

Najjar's philosophical thoughts:
Research – Look for what is not evident and see possibilities.
Service – Helping other is without doubt the helping of self.
Teaching – Educate others perchance they understand the message better than me; they become the teacher and me the student.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


    "Art is Business " Chief Curator Alpha Bruton
DEC 03 2014 - DEC 07 2014
801 NW 3rd Ave, Miami Florida, 33136

This year’s Art Africa Miami Arts Fair will be taking over the entire ground floor of the newly renovated Carver building at the entrance of Historic Overtown. Curated by The Urban Collective, this year’s theme “The Art Of Nobody” will feature world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) and other talented art nobodies from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. This year will also feature a youth gallery that will exhibit works from the Overtown Youth Coalition arts program. This year’s activities also include a The Urban Collective pop up gallery, art fashion show, Sunday Jazz Brunch, and a millennial cocktail hour.
 “The Art Of Nobody” will feature world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) 

Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, will be presented by Lavon Pettis- Art Organizer Global Connections, 

Featured Artists:

Renee Baker
Alpha Bruton
Kevin Cole- Atlanta Georgia
Nicholas Conlon
Alan Emerson-Hicks
Najjar Abdul Musawwir- Carbondale,IL 

(Young Aspiring Artists)
Moises Salazar
Kari Blackburn

Monday, November 24, 2014

Art of Black Miami during Miami Heritage Month

Art of Black
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launched the Art of Black Miami campaign as the destination prepares for this year’s highly anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach December 3-7, 2014. Spearheaded by the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department, the Art of Black Miami will celebrate arts, culture and diversity during Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and beyond.  
“We’re excited to launch the Art of Black Miami campaign with its platform to support and strengthen the abundant artistic diversity found in Greater Miami’s mosaic neighborhoods and communities,” says GMCVB President & CEO  William D.Talbert, III, CDME. “While the Art of Black Miami is being launched leading up to Art Basel Miami Beach when artists from the Diaspora will be showcasing their exhibits, the Art of Black Miami campaign will keep shining on these artists and their works throughout the year.”
“During Art Basel Miami Beach weekend, the Art of Black Miami campaign will provide a springboard to an impressive slate of breathtaking exhibits from the Diaspora with a full calendar of events that explores Black art from all perspectives,” notes Graylyn Swilley-Woods, interim vice president of the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department.  “Residents and visitors alike can visit pop-up galleries, artist showcases, and performances in heritage neighborhoods throughout the destination.” A few examples include:
  • Miami’s own Purvis Young, an urban expressionist from Overtown whose artwork has garnered an international following, will be featured with more than 200 of Young’s creations comprising “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater December 4, 2014 to March 2015.
  • Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit highlighting African American Abstract Masters curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District will feature the BET Art Lounge and will honor Dr. Tuliza Fleming (Smithsonian), David Driskell (Legendary  Artist) and Debra Lee (President and CEO of BET).
  • Renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka will be featured in the Third Annual Art of Transformation, in Opa-locka November 12, 2014 through December 14, 2014. 
  • In Little Haiti, the Borderless Caribbean exhibition series, curated by museologist and cultural producer Jorge Luis Gutierrez, is part of the Global Caribbean contemporary art program of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (HCAA) under the world renowned artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie.

“Art of Black Miami will be the go-to place to learn about Black art and events taking place in the Miami area,” adds Talbert.  “These are culturally-significant events the GMCVB is pleased to support and offer visitors and residents throughout the year.”