CAC and OtherPeoplesPixels are thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2015 MAKER Grant, an award opportunity for two Chicago-based contemporary visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable artistic practice and career development.
Romi Crawford, Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies and Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Bert Green, Gallery Director, Bert Green Fine Art
John Preus, Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and recipient of 2014 MAKER Grant
This grant is funded in part by a portion of proceeds from Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual Starving Artist fundraiser and a matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels.
This year’s $3000 award was granted to Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, a visual artist and educator based in Chicago. His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces. He has held fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily. He will be a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes France working towards an exhibition at the Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University in the fall of 2015. Currently he is a DCASE/Joyce Foundation Studio Artist in Residence producing a collaborative public project with Faheem Majeed and Andrew Schachman called Floating Museum in partnership with the DuSable Museum of African American History slated to launch in summer 2016.
Samantha Hill is an artist/educator with an emphasis on archives, oral story collecting & art facilitations. She earned her MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Hill developed multi-media installations and performances for cultural institutions such as the McColl Center for Visual Art & Innovation, Charlotte, NC; Hyde Park Art Center and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Hill received several honors for her work including the International Sculpture Center Award in 2006 & 2008 and the Philadelphia Sculpture Award. Hill's latest endeavor, the Kinship Project, is an African American ethnographic record of family photography & ephemera from 1839 to 2010. She utilizes this archive as source material for her installation projects. Hill will be the Fall Artist-in-Residence at the at the Anchorage Museum at the Rasmuson Foundation.
The 2015 MAKER Grant recipients will be recognized at the Chicago Artists Coalition's annual benefit, Starving Artist, on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Venue One.