The 15th Annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference will take place February 20th and 21st, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle, Illinois.
Luminarts Fellows receive recognition and financial support, and are cultivated by the Foundation as they continue their artistic practice to the betterment of Chicago’s cultural landscape.
The Artist-In-Residence program encourages emerging and mid-career artists by providing them a work space free of charge, access to a built-in audience, and an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Ragdale seeks proposals for a full-scale project and installation that consider contemporary, fanciful and functional interpretations of the original Ragdale Ring, designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912 as a garden theatre.
I made my first foray into public art in Chicago in 2012. Or rather, attempted to. For months I struggled with pessimistic ward office secretaries, confusing city government bureaucracy, and unresponsive city departments. I sought out advice from a veteran art planner in the city and tried to rebound from each bureaucratic defeat. I asked the artist I was working with for patience and pushed our spring installation proposal into summer. I was moving to Japan at the end of July, so time was running out.
I think it’s really great when artists agree to be in front of the camera on MUwDV. Many visual artists are accustomed to not being seen. Casey Smallwood is one such artist. Smallwood, an artist working often with video as a director and cinematographer, is at home behind the camera where she directs non-actors and documents and explores the sort of acting we do in daily life. We convinced Casey to do a little acting with us. As with a lot of situations with which we are less at ease, a glass of wine can help.
"I don't think there is an ultimate viewer. I think that keeps going."
In reflecting on my role as a mentor to students and emerging curators, I drift off into memories of my greatest mentor, Marilyn Houlberg. Arriving in Chicago in 2000, fresh out of grad school, I was on a mission to meet her. My master’s thesis on feminism and the art of Haitian Vodou had her influence all over it.
"… we are going to a drum battle!” A drum battle? The voice on the phone was my mentor and writing teacher, Randy Albers. This is the man who made sure that the students ... not only received the very best instruction while learning the craft of creative writing, but that we also regularly submitted our work and benefit from professional organizations ... through conferences like the one we were attending in New Orleans.
Lin Hixson is this amazing director, you see. From a 21 year run with Goat Island to her now thoroughly established performance project Every House Has a Door with Matthew Goulish, not to mention teaching for years at the School of the Art Institute and running this amazing summer program called Abandoned Practices – Well, let’s just say, many people could call her their mentor.
What does it mean to look up to someone? To respect, learn and grown? A mentorship is a relationship based partnership. At The Arts of Life, an alternative day program for people with and without disabilities, artist-mentors play a big part in the community.
As artists, we are fairly used to the fact that we must wear many hats. Many of us freelance – We work multiple part-time jobs, devote time to our artistic practice, and continue to seek alternative ways to make a few extra bucks. When it comes to the end of the year and tax time, many of us aren’t thinking of how all this affects our tax situation.
Adam Rose discusses his Lab Artist Award project, “Against Being” places dance within the context of the philosophical debate between being and becoming.
Andi Crist interviews local oil painter Ben Madeska about his studio practice.
Through the support of a local media mentor and an online community of educators from almost one hundred countries, Chicago Public Schools educators have the ability to learn from others, share their knowledge and post student projects for feedback.
So you’ve written your cover letter that gets you noticed, now it’s time to make sure your resumé is just as polished – and makes you memorable. The key here is to make the recipient’s job easy.
Elizabeth Doyle sits down with Cheri Coons to discuss the importance of mentorship in musical theater, including the "mentor food chain," the origin of the actual word in Greek theater and how sharing of both successes and failures can help others in their journey.