Posted on July 19, 2011


Machine Project, Los Angeles

Thursday, October 20

7 PM:  Keynote lecture with Nato Thompson

Followed by cocktail reception at Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery | 217 North Carpenter St.

Friday October 21

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM:  Regional Art Ecosystems Panel

Bringing together arts leaders from across the country, this panel presents the working conditions of particular cities’ cultural scenes through the words of those who are firmly embedded in these communities. Participants will present regional reports on the state of the arts locally and discuss how to further information exchange and collaboration across contexts.

Panelists: Colin Kloecker/Shanai Matteson (Works Progress/Minneapolis), Joseph del Pesco (Independent curator/San Francisco), Kate Daughdrill (Detroit SOUP/Detroit), Juan William Chavez (Artist and cultural activist/St. Louis), moderated by Daniel Tucker (Independent artist and writer/Chicago)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM:  Lunch & open time for discussions/workshops

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM:  Unconventional Residency Programs Panel

Residencies serve artists from every discipline, providing devoted studio space, facilities and time to complete work. They also serve as postgraduate institutions where artists can continue working out ideas in a social setting and meet new collaborators. Today there are many unconventional residencies operating under independent organizational models and at radically different scales, offering a range of experiences from community engagement in urban settings to temporary campsites in the woods. All of them nurture especially strong connections between the artists on the residency and people who administrate it. Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges regarding how residencies today are taking on especially active roles in shaping artist’s work.

Panelists: Ryan Pierce (Signal Fire, Oregon), Nancy Zastudil (PLAND/New Mexico), Steffani Jemison, (Artist-in-residence at Project Row Houses/Houston), Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere Artist Collaborative/Greensboro, NC), Moderated by Elizabeth Chodos (Ox-Bow Residency Program/Chicago)

7:00 – 10:00 PM: Propeller Fund Award Ceremony and MDW Fair Vernissage

At the Geolofts; $5 General Entry to MDW

Saturday October 22

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM:  Archiving Artist-run History Panel

This panel brings together leading figures in artist-run history to share, as living archives,  the experiences and challenges they have faced. The discussion will focus on how the panelists’ own projects have been archived and remembered today as well as how the current generation of artist-organizers can better access histories of artist-run projects, dialogue with different generations, and archive their current activities.

Panelists: Renny Pritikin (Director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at the University of California, Davis and former Executive director of New Langton Arts/San Francisco), Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace, New York), Lane Relyea (Northwestern University/Chicago), Mark Allen (Founder and Executive Director of Machine Project), moderated by Shannon Stratton (Founder and Executive Director/threewalls)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch & open time for discussions/workshops

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fundraising and Organizational Strategies Panel

For small-budget organizations, especially those invested in unconventional organization models, the question of sustainability and growth is always a challenge. In light of the present funding climate, it is paramount that artists, independent organizers and nonprofits get together to re-imagine the possibilities for creating a healthy, mutually- supportive arts system and to design programs that promote collaboration and community spirit. This panel is a pragmatic discussion on how to raise funds, solicit support, and implement experimental programs from visionaries in the field.

Panelists: Theresa Rose (Philadelphia Public Art Office/ Philly STAKE/Philadelphia), Jeff Hnlicka (Co-founder of FEAST, Executive Director at Kulture Klub/Minneapolis), Courtney Fink (SoEx, San Francisco), Oliver Wise and Eleanor Hanson Wise (The Present Group/ Oakland, CA), moderated by Abigail Satinsky (threewalls/Chicago)

8:00 PM: Release Party for PHONEBOOK 3 hosted by Salon Saloon

At threewalls; FREE

Sunday October 23

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Closing Brunch with Remarks by Ted Purves and open discussion on the future of the Alliance of Independent Arts Organizers 

At threewalls

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