Artists helping artists is one of my favorite things in the whole world. By empowering each other we empower ourselves. This is a fantastic, growing list of resources for artists of all kinds who may be freelancers feeling the pinch during the pandemic.
It’s not often that major media covers an artist-in-residence program, or the social impact of the resulting public artworks.
This is an interesting profile of a small community in Georgia, portraits of local residents by artist-in-residence Mary Beth Meehan, and the conversations about belonging and controversies around Islamophobia that they sparked.
Read “How 17 Outsize Portraits Rattled a Small Southern Town” by Audra D. S. Burch, NY Times, January 19, 2020.
If you’re interested, learn more about the Newnan residency program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
…shame is a tool of oppression…
—Brené Brown, as quoted by C4AA
I love the Center for Artistic Activism’s newsletter on Brené Brown and shame as a poor social justice tool (or, affirming the positive towards social justice).
Ellen Sebastian Chang’s and Maya Gurantz’ live video feed public art project, A Hole in Space (Oakland Redux), was inspired by Kit Galloway’s and Sherry Rabinowitz’ 1980 Hole in Space. But instead of inviting the public on opposite coasts to interact as in the original version, Chang and Gurantz sited the project for residents of North and East Oakland. See Sarah Burke’s “Artists Create Two-Way Video Portal for Oaklanders to Meet Their Neighbors” in the East Bay Express (January 28, 2015).
Because we want full police accountability;
Because Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Oscar Grant, and countless others;
Because exercising our democratic rights are the only way to know we still have them.
11 days of action—one for every time Eric Garner said, “I can’t breathe”:
Sarah Hotchkiss reports on 15 new(ish) projects and spaces in the Bay Area on KQED Arts. I’m excited about the Congratulations Pine Tree podcast, and love the installation photo of José León Cerrillo’s work from Kiria Koula, an interesting new gallery.
Patricia Maloney/Art Practical suggests 15(ish) art galleries on SFist. Many of these are more established galleries, and some have recently expanded.
Good signs all around for the vitality of art in the Bay Area.
Galeria Rusz—a small, fantastic Polish art organization—holds an annual billboard art competition. It’s free to submit your work. Ten winning entries will be reprinted on billboards. One winner will receive a USD$900+ cash prize. The deadline is July 30. More info:
Bay Area Artists, bright people are going to take your experiences and turn them into data that can be used to advocate for all local artists! Take the survey! Share it!