Important Projects is dedicated to providing a generative platform for artists to realize their ideas.
Important Projects is an independent artist run exhibition space in Oakland, CA. We started the space in November of 2009 with the intention of creating an exhibition platform that we (being artists ourselves) would want to participate in.
Our space focuses on single projects and solo shows. At the core of the program is the belief that solo shows are an integral aspect to the development of an individual’s artistic vision. But we maintain an open program that encourages discussion, collaboration, and our bottom line is that we put the intentions of the artists we work with first.
The gallery is currently a small room on the second story of our house. The size and location of this room provide a very specific context. Visitors who come to the space are invited into our backyard, into our home, and ultimately into our hearts. These are the days of our lives y’all!
As we move forward with the space, we want to maintain this level intimacy. An important part of Important Projects is that the gallery is part of a home. But one of the gallery's founders is moving on to earn his M.F.A., and we feel that a change is in order. We want to move the space and adjust our program so that Important Projects will no longer be a part of our home, it will be our home. The space will evolve so that it is not only an experimental space, but also an experiment in living.
When we make this transition, we will structure the new space to better support the artists we work with.
The new Important Projects will be equipped with 2 separate exhibition spaces. The larger of the two spaces will be called Gallery II. This space will be between 250-500 square feet. A smaller exhibition space will be attached to Gallery II. This space will be called Gallery III, and it will be an exact replica of the original Important Projects.
Once we move, programming at Gallery I (the original Important Projects) will come to a close. From that point on, all exhibitions will take place in Gallery II and Gallery III of Important Projects. The money we raise here will be put towards the construction of the new space, and towards maintaining our program for the next 2 years. As we shop for a new location, we will be looking for a space that is more accessible to the general public. Passers by should have access to Important Projects too!
Important Projects is part of the committee for a new residency here in Oakland called Real Time & Space. As we build out our new space, we plan to include a small bedroom that will be made available to the residents who come from outside the Bay Area.
By hosting artists, designers, critics, and curators from other cities and by providing more exhibition space for artists, our hope is that the new Important Projects can serve the arts community here in Oakland more effectively, and with greater visibility.
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You got 5 on it. And you'll get a personal "Thank You" phone call from us! Don't want to chat? We will text you!
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Ten spot!! This gets you an important, hand made, limited edition thank you postcard from the gallery. Put it on your mantle piece... maybe next to a candle or a picture of your cat!!? PLUS everything above!
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Pledge $25 and get YOUR NAME added to our digital donor list. A link to this list will be on the main menu of the Important Projects website. Once your name has been added to this list, it can link to ANY website you want. Use this opportunity to rep a project you think is important! PLUS everything above!
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$35 gets you your choice of one limited edition tote bag designed by the gallery. Rep us where you stay at! PLUS everything above!
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This gets you BOTH Limited Edition tote bags designed by the gallery. PLUS a Limited Edition zine inspired by all the shows that occurred at Gallery 1 of Important Projects. Don't know what to do with 2 totes? Just double bag it!! :) PLUS everything above!
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Ben Franklin would be proud. Help us at this level and get a 1" binder dedicated to you and your support. You can house any information you like here. These binders will be organized alphabetically behind the gallery's office desk. They will be visible and made available to all visitors. This binder can be updated at anytime, send us the materials in the mail, or just email us! PLUS Jason and Joel will pay tribute to your generosity by getting a tattoo of your initials. PLUS everything above!
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$150 dollars gets you everything above as well as a collaborative 17 inch x 15 inch painting made by Jason Benson and Joel Dean. The two of us have collaborated on many projects, but we have never made single paintings together. THINK ABOUT IT. Everything above, PLUS a brand new piece for your growing art collection...not bad.
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This pledge gets you everything above and a replica of your choice of one of our world famous, custom show signs. Made by the artists on the occasion of their exhibition, these signs have become a staple of the Important Projects experience. Your digital bootleg will be printed on canvas and stretched to replicate the original painting made by the artist. Check out the paintings in our project description and pick the one you want! Plus everything above!
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This pledge gets you two 16 inch x 20 inch paintings. One by Jason Benson and one by Joel Dean. PLUS everything above.
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Your own key to the new space, a seat at our dinner table anytime you like, plus everything above.
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