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Nicole Garneau

The Edit: Performance Artist Nicole Garneau

Making a statement flexible for artists with multiple bodies of work

Garneau works in so many media and has so many interests that one artist statement will never quite capture her work. We'll develop a customizable model: a base statement that satisfies the core criteria of her interests, and room to slot in a specific work example that reinforces the base.

The 3rd Language

3rd Language

A Queer Collective Interview

3rd Language is a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. They name this otherness and transgression "queer." Jeff Oaks, CAR’s literary researcher, and Andi Crist, CAR’s visual arts researcher interviewed them to find out more about their mission.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: Copyright Duration

Copyright lengths for individuals, joint works, works made for hire and anonymous

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This series of articles will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: The Basics of Copyright

Copyright defined, owner rights, and the benefits of registration

In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This article will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

David Taylor

Singletrack: David Taylor

"Coffee's So Good" single

I wanted to create something dance-able. This hook tends to lend itself to that. Besides, it’s simply more fun setting something to a four-on-the-floor beat.

Field Notes: Chicago Music

Reporting from Chicago's diverse music scene

CAR's music researcher and staff report on the artists and audiences they meet around Chicago. The ongoing goal of this report is to provide a snapshot of the music industry and scene as CAR works to reach more diverse audiences and learn what tools those audiences want and expect from CAR.

Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Singletrack: Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Sonatine for Oboe and Piano by Maurice Ravel

This piece explores the higher range of the oboe, which is a difficult range to play in tune while maintaining a full and dark sound. When played well, the sound that emanates is a beautiful, alluring impression unique to the oboe.

Exit Ghost

Singletrack: Michael Golas of Exit Ghost

"Speaker" from the album Elston (residency at High Concept Laboratories)

There are an infinite number of ways to create a song. It can begin with a founding motif. You can impose a rhythmic device that structures the sounds around it. Starting with a lyric can generate a vocabulary of imagery for the music to follow. A simple riff can morph into an entire phrase.

James T. Green

Digital Self: Managing Your Online Presence

How artists manage personal and professional personae online

I put myself in the mindset of baking. My art-making and design work are the cake, the foundation. They take the majority of my time and energy. Social media is the icing that lends a voice to what I do—just enough but not overpowering.

A tech adjusts a drum set bewteen acts at Pitchfork Music Festival.

Pitching In

Chicago’s music scene bands together to produce Pitchfork Music Festival

"Pitchfork is a community of music people who have come together to put on a project that we really love that has been successful and has grown. It was a positive experience from the get-go, and it’s stayed that way." Read up on the people who make the popular music festival run.

Angela James

Singletrack: Angela James

"Wanna Be Lyin With You"

One of the greatest things about country music (and soul music) is that part of the songwriting goal is to tell an emotionally relatable story about love or relationships. That’s one of the reasons I’m attracted to the genre as a singer and songwriter; I want to write about life in a direct and poetic way.

David Kornfeld, Producing Artistic Director of Underscore Theatre

Singletrack: David Kornfeld of Underscore Theatre

"The Best Part of My Day" from the musical Pr0ne

Pr0ne follows Jessica Harrison, an aspiring film actress, and her family as the country discovers her secret: that she is the unnamed, possibly exploited, young woman in an adult “casting couch” video at the heart of a highly-publicized legal battle.

Granted: Mary Patten on Maker Grant

Mary Patten on Winning the Maker Grant

CAR's ongoing series of successful grant application strategies

It’s really important to decide which project pursue from all the projects an artist might be working on. Be very careful in choosing your project. Make sure there’s a good correspondence there. One of the ways to figure that out is to look at whom else they’ve funded.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players. Photo by Andrew Spear.

Singletrack: John Dorhauer of Heisenberg Uncertainty Players

"Death & Taxes" from the album Emergency Postcards

“Death & Taxes” was originally written for Black Umbrella Brigade. Our singer wanted a danceable, instrumental song, so I brought in this idea for an angular funk jam. It was too hip for the room, though, and we never performed it.

Starving Artist: June 29th, 2013

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Culinary and Visual Arts

Artist Sabina Ott and Chef Bill Kim discuss working together on CAC's "Starving Artist" fundraiser

"Collaboration is a quality-of-life issue. It becomes an act of hospitality and generosity, an idea that what you do ultimately permeates everything that you are" ..."And we are all in that same community: We’re creative, and we’re working with our hands."

Singletrack: Charles Rumback - Drummer

"Convulsive" performed by Stirrup

When I wrote this piece, I was still making music with a band called Leaves. I always felt like the guys in Leaves played this song beautifully, but the band broke up before we had a chance to record it. Since then I recorded this song a few different times with a few different bands.

Rebecca Kling

Spending Money to Make Money

Rebecca Kling on ways to invest in your practice

As an artist, spending money on non-essentials is a difficult concept to get behind. When you’re struggling to make rent, putting money into an abstract project is hard to justify. Why should you put money toward something that might help you when you can pay for something that you need to do now.

Gross = Net/(1-Charges)

Calculating Net Profit After Taxes and Surcharges

A simple formula to account for the costs of doing business

Setting a base price is difficult enough: You have to assess the state of the market, your relationships with potential collectors, your sales and exhibition/performance history, your volume of output and perceived demand. Then comes a patron. You "run the numbers" which, for most creatives, means you worry about it for a while. A number floats into focus.

Awake and Dreaming

Singletrack: Victoria Blade of Awake and Dreaming

"Let's Get Silly" Demo Track

I had been thinking about writing a song that encourages silliness, which is a basic necessity of life. So often we take things way too seriously. This song is a reminder to myself that life is a gift.

Christopher Madsen

Singletrack: Christopher Madsen

"Song for the New Decade" from the album Pop Art

"Song for the New Decade" is part of the 2012 album Pop Art, an album that uses short-form, modern-day pop songs as formal inspiration. The idea was to put straightforward jazz compositions into the framework of the modern pop song format.