The Propeller Fund

May 13, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

The Propeller Fund!

Gallery 400 at UIC and threewalls announce Propeller Fund and the initial round of this new granting opportunity for independent visual artists, curators and visual art groups in Cook County, IL. Applications Due: August 1, 2010, with 15 winners announced in October 2010.

Five workshops to introduce Propeller Fund, with tips, hints and advice on how to prepare an application will be held in the area during June:

Wednesday, June 2, 6 pm: Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago
Saturday, June 5, 12 pm: Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 South Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst
Saturday, June 12, 1 pm: Mess Hall, 1060 East 47th Street, Chicago
Saturday, June 19, 12 pm: Little Black Pearl, 6932 North Glenwood Avenue, Chicago
Wednesday, Jun 23, 6 pm: threewalls, 118 North Peoria Street #2C, Chicago

Propeller Fund is founded to support visual arts projects that are: independent, informal, and self-organized. Shannon Stratton, Executive and Creative Director, threewalls, states: “Propeller Fund has been created to identify and help sustain the range of Chicago’s autonomous visual arts facilitators and presenters. Propeller Fund recognizes that the efforts of individuals working independent of institutions and formal funding structures are vital to the creation of a diverse and dynamic creative landscape. With the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, threewalls and Gallery 400 look forward to providing meaningful support to those projects.”

The goal is to stimulate further independent growth throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models of visual arts presentation; to spread the self-organized activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public’s interaction with, and public recognition of such activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats. “This is an exciting time in Chicago. Creative people are making their own projects and activities on a range of scales and trajectories. Propeller Fund provides an opportunity to support, recognize, and accelerate this dynamic independent visual arts activity. We at Gallery 400 are pleased to be partnering with threewalls and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts on Propeller Fund, and look forward to Propeller Fund’s role in the arts in Chicago.”  writes Lorelei Stewart, Director, Gallery 400 at UIC.

Propeller Fund will provide support at two levels:
Five grants at $6,000
Ten grants at $2,000
The two-tiered funding structure spread amongst 15 projects is devised to provide substantial support for major costs—printing, rental, honoraria, material, shipping, research time, with the aim to ensure that each project has the resources to live up to its ambitions.

Launched in May 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 and threewalls. Initial support for the program is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts as part of its initiative to promote informal and independently organized visual arts activities across the United States. Previous re-granting programs initiated by the foundation are located in San Francisco, CA (Alternative Exposure), and Houston, TX (The Idea Fund).

Any questions can be addressed at one of the informational workshops or contact Propeller Fund at: info@propellerfund.org or call 312-432-3972.

More information on the Propeller Fund Website.

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Gallery 400
400 S Peoria St. (MC 034)
College of Architecture and the arts
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60607
312-996-6114
UICgallery400@gmail.com

threewalls
119 N Peoria #2d
chicago, il 60607
312.432.3972
info@three-walls.org

Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining
Curated by Bad at Sports

April 7 – May 22, 2010

Opening reception: April 7, 6-8 pm

go here to read the following in its entirety…

Richard: Just talk it through? Is that too postmodern?

Duncan: I don’t know. Well, what do you want to do with the apexart essay?

Richard: Are we recording? Is this ironic or is this not ironic?

Duncan: I don’t know if it’s ironic or not, but yes, we’re recording.

Richard: I think that we should talk about the philosophy of the program. Do a little bit about how it got started. Sort of do the compressed version of that talk we did the other day. And by “we,” I mean you, mostly. The royal “we.”

Duncan: [Laughs.] So you want to start with…?

Richard: Well, I think originally, we were just screwing around, having a conversation, being dumbasses, and I think it’s evolved into something more rich, with more depth and more seriousness. I mean, I think, at this point, we’re creating an audio archive of what’s going on in the art community, or at least the art community we have access to in this time and place. And the place has expanded into more cities than it was originally. Now it’s New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Switzerland, Sweden.

So I think it’s an examination, like a time capsule of what’s going on now, and that we’ll look at this project twenty, thirty, fifty years from now—at least on a personal level—and see an interesting history of what was going on now.

Duncan: Do you think we already do that? Do you think, when you look back on the programming that we put together five years ago, it seems kind of strange? Like, what we thought was urgent at that moment versus what turned out to be kind of urgent?

Richard: Oh, it’s embarrassing. [Laughs.] I listen to those early shows and groan. We were very flip about it at first, only when people started to list us on their resumes and we started to get feedback, either…deliriously angry or deliriously happy about what we were doing…only then did we realize that we had any sort of an audience and that we might need to be conscientious about how we were doing things.

posted by Caroline Picard

This was published a few weeks ago in the weekend redeye…..Go here to read the whole thing.

Roommates turn Logan Square apartment into art gallery

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art.jpgArt Institute graduate students Katherine Pill, 26 (right), and Francesca Wilmott, 24, operate the Concertina Gallery out of their own apartment. Brian J. Morowczynski for RedEye

By Ryan Smith
For RedEye

Most curators don’t make a habit of sleeping next to their exhibits, but Katherine Pill and Francesca Wilmott wake up to their art every morning.

When the roommates take a few steps out of their bedrooms and beyond the kitchen of their second-floor apartment, they enter a living and dining room virtually devoid of furniture.

Where a table and chairs might normally sit, a few colorful, spherical objects are carefully arranged on the hardwood floor. And on the wall, where you might normally find framed family photos, there hang a volcano made of denim and a computer-generated image of faceless sheep floating in a dream world.

posted by Caroline Picard, you can check it out here!
PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 by C. Picard, N. Sarno & S. Stratton, Eds.

PHONEBOOK 2008/2009

C. Picard, N. Sarno & S. Stratton, Eds.

01 Dec 2008
The Green Lantern Press
ISBN: 978-0-9820292-0-6
Price: $15.00

Cultural Writing. Art. Reference. Edited by Caroline Picard, Nick Sarno, and Shannon Stratton. Back by popular demand, PHONEBOOK is the essential travel guide to artist-run centers, small not-for-profit, fringe galleries, and other exhibition and presentation projects. This new edition adds over 50 news spaces in the United States and over 40 Canadian centers alongside updated entries, periodical listings, a series of essays from across the country and some road-trip tips from the editors. PHONEBOOK is a valuable resource for artist and audience alike, connecting a web of makers and projects while acting as an archive of work by smaller organizations and groups throughout the visual arts community. Use PHONEBOOK 2008/2009 as a research tool, as a travel guide to the visual arts, for networking, for exhibition proposals or to facilitate artistic exchanges.

threewalls & Green Lantern Press announce:
PHONEBOOK 2008/09: Compadres Amores
Release Date and Party: October 23rd, 2008, 6-9 pm @ threewalls, 119 N Peoria,  #2D,  Chicago, IL 60607
p: 312-432-3972
www.three-walls.org
Held in conjunction with threewallsSALON, Enablers and Platformists: turning the content over to
participation
CHICAGO: Back by popular demand, PHONEBOOK, the essential travel guide to artist-run centers, small
not-for-profit, fringe galleries and other exhibition and presentation projects, will be released October 23rd
at threewalls.
This new edition adds over 50 news spaces in the United States and over 40 Canadian centers alongside
updated entries, periodical listings, a series of essays from across the country and some road-trip tips from
the editors. PHONEBOOK is a valuable resource for artist and audience alike, connecting a web of makers
and projects while acting as an archive of work by smaller organizations and groups throughout the visual
arts community. Use PhoneBook as a research tool, as a travel guide to the visual arts, for networking, for
exhibition proposals or to facilitate artistic exchanges.
Please join us for PHONEBOOK’s release party, held in conjunction with a special threewallsSALON, “Enablers
and Platformists: turning the content over to participation,”an open discussion about artists working as
presenters and enablers of other creative and intellectual projects.
PHONEBOOK is published by threewalls and Green Lantern Press. PHONEBOOK will be available at your local
artist-run and NFP art spaces, on the threewalls website and on Amazon.com for $15.00.  For review copies
and pre-orders please contact Nick Sarno, Editor of The Green Lantern Press at sarno@thegreenlantern.org.

The Green Lantern is a 501(c)3 gallery and paperback press dedicated to the study, presentation and archive
of contemporary art practice. As such, The Green Lantern hosts monthly exhibitions, a literary podcast/
reading series called “The Parlor,” and publishes limited edition books by new or forgotten writers. With a
focus on the visual arts, The Green Lantern establishes paths of accessibility between the work and its
audience by contextualizing its events through writing, video and performance.

threewalls is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to contemporary art practice and discourse.
Through the residency program(s), SOLO project and quarterly publication Paper and Carriage, threewalls
aims to provide opportunities for experimentation, chance, critical dialogue and context for artists, curators
and writers who are at pivotal points in their careers.