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Kasia Houlihan

Call for Fashion, Fiber, and Conceptual Art Collaborators

Weinberg/Newton Gallery is accepting applications for two artists to take part in a participatory, collaborative, and experimental makers workshop (June 24 - August 16) exploring communal inquiry, alternatives to institutional/state violence, and sustainable forms of social practice, initiated and led by Chicago-based movement artist Joseph Lefthand. Descended from the Cheyenne-Arapaho, Taos, and Zuni tribes, Lefthand works at the intersection of art and cultural advocacy, exploring the role of body movement, "performing-as-theory", and historical legacy as sustainable modes of communicating and engendering social discourse and justice work.

Participants will meet an average of 8 to 12 hours a week, drawing from both their personal practices and historical narratives of socio-political violence to imagine new and innovative approaches to nonviolent intervention, with a strong emphasis on cultivating a generative and intuitive working process through the use of presence, embodied practice, and mindful self-awareness.

Participants will also explore the relationship between human(ness), form, personhood, and institutional/political violence by utilizing elements of performance and design, conceiving and fashioning wearable art that re-imagines and augments the human form as transitory, lucid, ethereal, and disruptive, culminating in a public facing window exhibition of completed work from August 16th to the 28th.

Selected artists will receive a $2,000 stipend, 2,200 SF of shared/collaborative working space, and 24/7 access to the gallery for the duration of the project.

Please note: one of the two artist positions is reserved specifically for applicants with a fashion/fiber/conceptual design background. See eligibility guidelines below.

To apply, please submit your completed google form application by June 15, 2021 11:59PM CST. Interviews will take place via Zoom or Google Meet on a continuing basis through June 20th. Selected artists will be notified by June 21st.

Basic Information:

  1. Workshop Dates: June 24–August 16, 2021
  2. Exhibition Dates: August 16-28, 2021
  3. Location: Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 688 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60642

Project Resources:

  1. 2,200 SF of workspace
  2. Work tables and chairs
  3. Wi-Fi
  4. Stipend
  5. Materials and production stipend

Application Eligibility:

  1. Chicago-based artist
  2. Work that is invested in public dialogue around the notions of resistance, collaboration, and sustainable forms of social justice/practice
  3. Need for work space
  4. Interest in sharing in-progress work with online audiences

Additional eligibility for fashion/fiber artist:

  1. Advanced to intermediate sewing/pattern-making skills
  2. Background in fashion or fiber
  3. Ability to co-work with collaborators to plan, design, and fabricate worn pieces/final projects
  4. Must have access to their own sewing machine(s) for fabrication

Participation Requirements:

  1. Due to the concept, design, and fabrication elements of the project, selected artists must be able to commit to 8 to 12 hours of collaborative, in-person work each week for the duration of the project, including installation of the final exhibition (Aug 12-15, estimated timeframe).
  2. Participants will collaborate with each other and WNG staff to curate a weekly online presence to share selected activities and works in progress.
Deadline: 06.15.2021
Name: Joseph Lefthand
Address: 688 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Phone: (312) 529-5090