Office Hours: Portfolio Review
5:30 - 8pm
Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with arts practitioners from throughout the city. One-on-one portfolio reviews last 30 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to working artists, including:
- Feedback on artwork
- Preparing for exhibitions
- Pursuing professional opportunities
- And more!
We are excited to welcome guest consultants:
Esau McGhee - Director, Tiger Strikes Asteroid-Chicago
Jennifer Murray - Executive Director, Filter Photo
Kate Sierzputowski - Co-Director, Julius Caesar
Alma Wieser - Director, Heaven Gallery
Find out more about our guests below.
September's Office Hours is currently full. Please feel free to join the Waitlist! We will let you know when any spaces become available.
Please note: space is limited and advance registration is required. Office Hours appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will be able to indicate your consultant preference following the registration process. Participants are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment.
$30 General Public, CAC Artist Members, and BOLT, HATCH, FIELD/WORK, and LAUNCH Residents
SEPTEMBER GUEST CONSULTANTS:
Esau McGhee’s interdisciplinary artistic practice is a critique of image construction found in landscape. Utilizing photography, found objects, collage and sculpture the works physically embody conventional strategies of representation, class and race construction. McGhee is the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid-Chicago, which is part of a network of artist-run spaces that seek to further empower the artist’s role beyond that of studio practitioner to include the roles of curator, critic, and community developer.
Jennifer Murray is an artist, educator, and curator based in Chicago. She is the executive director of Filter Photo, a nonprofit festival, exhibition, and educational space. Her research and professional practice spans photography-based visual projects and curatorial projects. Her visual work utilizes both original images and photographic archives as she examines the cultural relationships and histories of objects. Recent curatorial projects include Furtive at the Chicago Cultural Center. Murray is a frequent curator, portfolio reviewer, and juror at photography events across the US including Aint-Bad Magazine, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, LensCulture, SPE, and Filter Photo. She received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches at Loyola University Chicago and is an independent artists' consultant.
Kate Sierzputowski is a freelance writer and arts organizer based in Chicago. Fascinated by artists’ studio processes, she founded the website INSIDE\WITHIN in 2013 to physically explore and archive the creative spaces of Chicago's emerging and established artists. Kate regularly contributes art writing to Hyperallergic, Colossal, the Chicago Reader, and Chicago Magazine. She serves as half of the curatorial duo Episode with Tusk-founder Mary Eleanor Wallace, runs a small gallery on her ear called Chandelier, and has been a co-director of the artist-run gallery space Julius Caesar since 2015.
Alma Wieser has been the director of Heaven Gallery for the past ten years. Since joining the organization, she has expanded its capacity by implementing the board of directors and the internship program, as well as the vintage shop which helps sustain programming and increases outreach to a wider audience. Alma holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago and has maintained a professional studio within the gallery where she mentors aspiring fashion designers. Most recently, Alma has been focusing her efforts on creating Community Arts Wicker Park (CAWP), an equitable development project that is organizing residents in her neighborhood to come together with the goal of creating a community arts center. This project seeks to bring awareness to the ongoing problems with gentrification of neighborhoods and the displacement of artists.
Date + Location
Tuesday, September 10
Chicago Artists Coalition, 2130 W. Fulton St.
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