About this project
For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter - If the $10,000 goal is not met, May receives none of your contributions!
About May gallery & residency:
May is the first international artist residency in metropolitan New Orleans, and is the largest contemporary, non-museum art space in the city; the creative potential for contemporary installation, video, sound and performance art at May gallery is limitless. Help May provide New Orleans with a new exhibition venue that takes art seriously without sacrificing the humor of sarcasm and reality - and more specifically, help May raise the $10,000 needed to pay for the printing of its first annual catalogue book!
What people have to say about May:
"The founding director, Keene Kopper, has worked intensely over the last few months, investing thousands into the space and I feel confident that his ambitious drive and talents will help to propel May Gallery to national prominence." - Bob Snead (Antenna Gallery & Press Street)
"May's emphasis on installation art is an aspect that would bring an exciting depth of expression to the community, as installation art is under represented and is a fertile area of involvement for emerging artists." - Robert Heriard (co-founder of Heriard Cimino gallery)
October 12th, 2012 marks the Grand Opening of May gallery, residency & publishing. The grand opening exhibition (Oct 12 - Nov 23) will host Derek Larson's installation titled ₮a₦₮ri₡ ₩€a₤₮h, followed by an artist round table (Oct 13). It is work like Derek's and the subsequent artists of the 2012-13 season that May will bring to New Orleans and Southeastern United States.
The donor rewards:
It is May's pleasure to deliver to you in exchange for your donations, a long list of rewards including, but not limited to:
- Limited edition color silkscreened 18"x24" Derek Larson exhibition promotional posters (Image of poster below)
- The ₮a₦₮ri₡ ₩€a₤₮h - Derek Larson - May gallery Tote Bag!
- The Premier edition May Catalogue, individual hard copy issue and limited edition copies (Catalogue mock-up in video below, Click the "HD" button for a clearer image)
- Limited edition DVD's (with silkscreened cases) of events previously recorded at May gallery (video clips of Brita Everett and Seth Laucks performance Make Your Bed, and Philippe Landry's Rail, both on the dvd and video below)
- Original, single print edition, artwork by Derek Larson (an example print is directly below with all prints available at the bottom of the page)
- Three levels of support that print your name or business name in various publications, DVD's, exhibition promo materials and exhibition signage.
- The three levels are Donor, Patron and the highest level, Sponsor. Each level of support gains a higher level of visual prominence in print and allowance for business names or logos.
More about May
What does a year at May gallery & residency look like?
May gallery has three, two month long exhibitions a year and one three month long artist residency that culminates in an exhibition. During each exhibition, an artist round table (a live sit-down with the artist), critique and other public programming, are documented and transcribed into an art book (The May Catalogue). The art book's contents also include color photos of the exhibitions, a forward by a local art professional and donor / sponsor credits. This season's May Catalogue will also include a history of May's construction, architectural and graphic design development since its inception in January of 2012. The hard copy book will be approximately 120-170 pages long and 7 by 9 inches tall.
What is your money helping to pay for?(besides amazing rewards!!)
- Residency operating costs (Insurance, utilities, tools and materials)
- Exhibition production
- Exhibition documentation
- Publicly accessible artist round tables
- The cost of paying art professionals to participate in public programming
- The May Catalogue design, production and distribution
- A new storefront door & signage
- The completion of the residency kitchen and bathroom
- To make it easier for the May artists to have a really good time making artwork!!
The May Gallery 2012-13 Artist Roster
- Derek Larson (Opening October 12th, 2012)
- Bob Snead & Clark Allen (Opening December 7th, 2012)
- Trey Burns & Alli Miller (Opening February 8th, 2013)
- Nicolas Sassoon (Opening April 12th, 2013)
Through exhibitions, residencies, concurrent public educational programming and publishing, May will present and document a segment of the New Orleans contemporary arts evolution. Concurrent programming includes artist round tables, public critiques with local art professionals, live artist interviews and student internships.
Why Kickstarter now?
May might look like a fully operating gallery and residency because of its professional architectural and graphic representation; but there are many more architectural improvements, municipal permits and equipment purchases needed to truly make May a publicly accessible, inspirational and financially sustainable business. Many of these previous costs have been payed by in-kind donation, but in the future May wants to contribute to the local economy and pay its employees, artists and contractors a fair wage.
Developing and operating a project like this is extremely costly: approximately $150,000 a year for operating costs, that does not include one-time purchases like computers, projectors, tools or a camera. May gallery is seeking to raise as much seed money as possible through Kickstarter from the art supporters of New Orleans and beyond. Since January, May has received an incredible amount of community investment by donation of labor, from over 30 people and arts institutions.
To date, May has created 17 jobs, the majority of which are contract employees based out of New Orleans. In the next two years, May hopes to have one full time Director and a part time Curator. These two positions will ensure that the exhibitions, concurrent programming, residency and catalogue programs continue evolving with the culture around it.
May's directorship and birth
Since January of 2012, Keene Kopper, the founder and director of May gallery & residency, has been designing and building the spirit seed from which May will evolve for many years to come.
Keene's background in Architecture, the Fine Arts and the Culinary Arts brought him to conceive May gallery, residency and publishing. Examples of the events that he has curated thus far include Multisensorial May and Audible, Visible Volumes (excerpts below). Multisensorial May hosted artists Katie Lerin, Wesley Stokes, mixologist, Sam Kane, and DJ's Kim Hebert, Philippe Landry and Christopher Joseph. Sam Kane based his beverage menu from Stokes' video PASSION OV, Katie Lerin's giant communal hammock, the event's music selection and May's neighboring train yard.
May's visual identity and publishing
With the aid of Alaric Garnier, the Artistic Director of May's visual identity, May will publish high quality printed materials such as the annual May Catalogue, screen printed exhibition posters (printed by Purple Monkey), exhibition post cards, limited edition DVD's of May gallery sound and visual performance installations such as Audible, Visible Volumes.
If you would like to sign up for the May email list, please follow this link: http://eepurl.com/lAr05
Facebook May Page: https://www.facebook.com/MayGallery
Images of Derek Larson's Kickstarter Reward Prints
Risks and challenges
I'd like to answer this question about risks and challenges, describe to you how these will be overcome, and what qualifies me to offer this reassurance. My responses assume that the $10,000 has been raised.
RISK: Prior to posting the request for $10,000, estimations from various professional organizations (such as Garrity printing, see attached quote) were requested by Alaric Garnier, May's graphic designer, to develop a budget for each of the projects (of which result in the Kickstarter rewards). The only risk here is that the estimations used to develop the budgets for the catalogues, poster prints and dvd's, are not accurate or are misleading, which could result in costs that exceed the amount requested.
RESOLUTION: The catalogue will be reduced in size, production quantities, or amount of full color pages per book. The quantity of books produced, even at the printer's production minimum, will exceed the demand posed by May gallery Kickstarter donors, making it possible for May to sell the books - printed with the kickstarter money - beyond the timeframe of the Kickstarter fundraiser.
RISK: Because all of the May gallery start-up costs are paid for by my full-time employment position as a independent construction contractor, the security of the project is dependent upon my ability to maintain 40 hours of work every week until May is able to turn a profit.
RESOLUTION: The solution is to produce revenue generating programs within May that help gain the gallery and residency financial independence from my personal income. The programs include: the May Catalogue program, the fee based international artist residency program (fee based until May sources funding to make it free), and the exhibition art sales program. The $10,000 raised through Kickstarter will dramatically increase May's ability to gain financial independence.
RISK: Mismanagement. It is possible that because I work 40 hours in four days as a construction contractor and then another 30-40 hours on May gallery a week, that I will become very tired. In fact, I already am, I can promise you. But despite that, since January, when I started this project, I have brought inspiring and successful programming to May gallery, that has energized hundreds of people already. I will continue to produce these installations, events and happenings unless I have some kind of physical or psychological exhaustion-based breakdown.
RESOLUTION: Donate to May gallery.
What qualifies me to answer these questions with certainty?
I am 33 years old, and have been working since I was 14. I have worked 8+ years in the food industry, 8+ years as a professional cyclist, spent 5 years in school studying architecture, 8+ years as an architect (four of which were with Kohn Pedereson Fox Architects in New York), and another three as a building construction and renovations project manager (and laborer), and large scale public art sculpture project manager (and laborer). Those careers do have overlap. All of those careers have lead me to be a very dedicated team player and boss. I take pride in the fact that I inspire people with my energy, and new ideas, and do it without sacrificing my personal integrity or the integrity of those around me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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