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2014 Launch Invitational Residency

Friday, May 9, 2014

Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to announce the second year of the Launch Invitational Residency, a nomination-based professional development opportunity for recent graduates of BFA programs across Chicago. Launch brings together artists from nine different schools for a weekend crash course featuring some of the city’s top educators, artists and arts administrators. Launch will be held June 5–8, 2014 at the Chicago Artists Coalition’s West Loop gallery located at 217 N. Carpenter Street.

Launch is now an annual initiative in CAC’s professional development program, called A.B.C-Art.Business.Create, which includes monthly workshops, webinars and other essential career training opportunities for artists.

Nominated by faculty at each participating school, the final group of 28 Launch artists represents a diverse group of highly-promising creatives about to take the next steps in their careers. Over the course of four days, the artists will participate in discussions, workshops and presentations featuring more than a dozen guest speakers. The goal of the program is two-fold: to provide a foundation of practical knowledge for building and sustaining a career in the arts; and to foster connections between artists from different schools and communities to aid in post-graduate networking and future collaborations.

Past Launch speakers include prominent artists, educators and arts leaders such as Alberto Aguilar, Anna Cerniglia, Jessica Cochran, Allison Glenn, Regin Igloria, Jorge Lucero, Faheem Majeed, Mike Nourse, John Preus, Melissa Potter and Julie Rodrigues Widholm.

“Launch can be a real game-changer for a recent arts graduate faced with navigating all of the career options before them,” says CAC’s Interim Executive Director Sara Slawnik. “This is part of our continued efforts to enhance the professional development programming here at CAC, and we’re thrilled that it has been embraced by so many local schools as partners.”

Schools participating in the 2014 Launch Residency are Chicago State University, Columbia College Chicago, Harold Washington College, Marwen, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Participating artist residents are Alia Williams, Amy Lee, Argyris Angeli, Bryce Jensen, Chloe Perkis, Christine Harrison Frei, Daniel Sanchez, Eric Perez, Ethan McGinnis, Huayi Wang, Jaclyn Bae, Jake Racina, Katie Chung, Kayla Anderson, Kekeli Sumah, Kevin Oronia, Kristen Kula, Lauren McKee, Lida Wu, Madeline Winter, Marcus McCoy, Maria Murczek, Martin Hernandez, Michael Conway, Monica Pizano, Natalie Tarnowski, Pilar Amado and Yanping WuMeet the residents...

The Launch Invitational Residency's curriculum was developed in collaboration with artists Bryan Saner and Melissa Potter. This year's residency is organized by CAC’s Professional Development Manager, Tempestt Hazel, as part of the organization’s A.B.C-Art.Business.Create program.  Local artists and educators, Bryan Saner and Maggie Puckett, also serve as lead artist educators and facilitators for the program with additional assistance from artists Justin Botz, Claire Demos and Elizabeth Soria.

A.B.C-Art.Business.Create is funded in part by grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, The Coleman Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City Arts Grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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About the Chicago Artists Coalition
The mission of the Chicago Artists Coalition is to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, we capitalize on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. The Chicago Artists Coalition is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy.

Chicago Artists Coalition is located at 217 N. Carpenter Street, and is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturdays 12-6pm. or 312-491-8888.

Image: 2013 Launch Residents. Photo by Jessica Pierotti.