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Collaborative Practices for Artist-Run Spaces

featuring Hume Chicago, Fourth Ward Project Space, The Weaving Mill, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Members of artist-run collaborative spaces based in Chicago will introduce us to four different models of collective organizing.

Following a series of short artist talks, Hume Chicago Executive Director and co-founder, Fontaine Capel, will moderate a conversation exploring the philosophical underpinnings of collaborative practices as well as the practical aspects of sustaining artist-run spaces and projects today.

5:30 - 6:00 | Social time with refreshments
6:00 - 8:30 | Artist talks + panel conversation

Guest Panelists

Trained as a painter, Holly Cahill uses an exploration of materials and process to engage with ideas connected to choreography, landscape, hyper-dimensional phenomena, and architecture. Her work has been shown at Penn State University, DEMO Project, Chicago Artist Coalition, the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, D Gallery, The Franklin, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Walter Philips Gallery in Banff Canada, among others. She received her BFA in painting from Syracuse University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, 8550 Ohio, the Banff Centre, and Ox-Bow. Holly is an artist member of the newest branch of Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago.

Fontaine Capel is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and facilitator. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the alternative art space Hume Chicago. In conjunction with her studio and curatorial practice, she has worked as a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Marwen. She received a B.A. at Oberlin College, and will be relocating to her hometown of New York City to pursue an MFA at Columbia University this fall.

James Kao is a Chicago-based artist who makes paintings and drawings. Selected one-person exhibitions include Do it cuz you love it, China Projects, San Francisco, CA; Possible Worlds, Toomey Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; Domestics, Adds Donna, Chicago, IL and Ways of Worldmaking, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, atLength Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Chicago Reader, and Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2010 he was the pioneer painter Artist in Residence at the Marina Abramovic Institute-West in San Francisco, and in the summer of 2011, he was named the first White Mountain National Forest Artist in Residence, Center Sandwich, NH. He has given visiting artist lectures at several schools and art institutions including Knox College, Whittier College, Northern Illinois University, and the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He is co-founder and co-director of 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, IL.

James Kao holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has taught courses in painting and drawing at Indiana University Northwest, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Aurora University, in Aurora, IL.

Teresa Silva is the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies with Chicago Artists Coalition, where she oversees BOLT Residency and HATCH Projects residency programs and MAKER Grant. She is a writer, curator, and member of the artist-run spaces Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago), VGA Gallery (Chicago), and Exgirlfriend (Berlin).

Emily Winter is a weaver and artist, trained in history and textile design. Since 2015, Emily has worked with collaborator Matti Sloman in developing The Weaving Mill, an artist-run industrial weaving studio in Chicago. TWM produces limited runs of editioned textile objects, designs and produces fabric in collaboration with other artists and designers, hosts an annual artist residency, and provides textile education workshops for adults with developmental disabilities. Emily received her MFA in textiles from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in history from University of Chicago.

Justin Witte is the director and curator of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery.  He was the former exhibition manager at Columbia College Chicago and has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and was a member and membership president of the influential Philadelphia artist cooperative Vox Populi. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 where he was a University Fellow. He is a past recipient of the Pew Fellowship for painting and is currently a member of the artist-run gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago.


Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL


$20 General Public | $10 CAC Artist Members | FREE for Current BOLT/HATCH/LAUNCH + FIELD/WORK Residents

Online registration for this program is now closed. Registration is available at the door prior to the event!