What is it?
Public Process is a juried artist residency program, developed by Eugene Contemporary Art (a 501(c)(3) non-profit), that aims to bring contemporary art production, practice and community engagement to the Eugene/Springfield area. Each resident will have full access to our studio space for 4 to 6 weeks. Throughout this time, we will open our doors once a week for Open Studio, inviting the public in to dialogue with the artist and see work in process.
We believe the interactive aspect of our project is unique, and will benefit the community by furthering an understanding of contemporary art issues, modes of practice and how visual language functions in 'building' culture, both locally and abroad.
At the end of the six week studio time, the resident will close with an exhibition of work produced during the time in the space. ECA will host an opening reception, as well as an artist discussion during the run of the show.
What will your donation do?
Those who give to Public Process will help foster an important, but still missing piece to Eugene's art landscape. You will be participating in the cultural and artistic growth of our city, and the money earned through this campaign will help cover facilities costs, marketing, educational and support materials, and most importantly, it will allow us to provide financial support to the artist in the program by way of a stipend. We believe artists should be able to participate in the local economy while at the same time producing cultural and artistic contributions.
Because Eugene Contemporary Art is a 501(3)c nonprofit, a portion of your donation is tax deductible in the U.S. Please consider this in your end-of-year giving for 2012.
Our space is a 500 square foot former gallery located in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene. It features an open floor plan, desk, wi-fi, microwave, coffee maker, couch, and a secure outdoor workspace. We also provide a small but growing reading library of art books and periodicals.
Below are some recent articles about what we are doing:
“Mind the (Art) Gap”
by Alex Notman, Eugene Weekly, October 25, 2012
“Taking Art Seriously: Eugene Contemporary Art and The WAVE Gallery”
by Ryan Stollar, Eugene Daily News, July 11, 2012
“Waves of Change” by Dante Zuniga-West, Eugene Weekly, July 5, 2012
Special thanks to our participating artists and to Threadbare Press of Eugene!
(Updates as images become available)
Wesley Hurd (coming soon!)
Risks and challenges
Outside of maintaining a solid funding base and paying rent, our risks and challenges are few.
Our main challenge will be in communicating our message, and developing creative and effective programming within our financial and physical means. Art organizations come and go and gallery spaces close all the time. To avoid burn out, we seek to stay focused on developing a strong residency program that the entire city is aware of, and can benefit from. When Public Process becomes stable and successful, we will then be free to grow and expand our programming and offerings.
We have several strengths in our favor:
We've established a good network with artists and interested parties in the Eugene area. We are nearing the end of a successful Public Process 1 (featuring Alida Bevirt) are getting submissions from interested artists on a weekly basis.
We have the ability to provide a great studio space for artists that is also easily accessible to the public in a busy and growing neighborhood.
Our Director, Courtney Stubbert, is a Eugene native and artist as well as a graduate from the UO Art History program. He is a member of the City of Eugene Public Art Committee, and a creative professional in graphic design, web media and social marketing.
Our Director of Education, Wesley Hurd, holds an MFA and PhD in Educational Policy from the UO, and has been mentoring artists and lecturing on philosophy, culture and art issues for decades. Both are very familiar with the city of Eugene and its history and arts culture.
There are many talented artists coming out of the UO art programs (and outside the school as well) with few places in the city to show or develop their work further while living here. The result is many artists leave town after graduation. We seek to fill a gap for artists working in the area, and be a bridge between these artists and the community at large.
We hope that you consider supporting the development of contemporary art in Eugene.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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