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Help ACRE achieve our most ambitious project to date: the renovation of our new space and expansion of our Chicago programming!
Help ACRE achieve our most ambitious project to date: the renovation of our new space and expansion of our Chicago programming!
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Help ACRE better serve our growing community of artists by supporting our most ambitious project yet: the build-out of our new space!

ACRE's new home base in Pilsen.
ACRE's new home base in Pilsen.


We are overjoyed to announce that ACRE is moving to a new space and is currently raising funds to support the build-out and launch of our new Chicago headquarters.


ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
 
ACRE
(Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibition) was founded in 2010 with the ambition to provide the arts community with an affordable, cooperative, and dialogue-oriented residency program. The residency program in rural southwest Wisconsin has brought together over 300 artists from across disciplines to create a regenerative community of cultural producers. Following the residency, ACRE further supports our resident artists by providing venues for exhibitions, idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.


OUR NEW HOME IN PILSEN!
Now ACRE has a tremendous opportunity to expand our exhibition program by moving our home base to a more suitable space in Pilsen. ACRE's new space and programming in Pilsen will help our organization better connect the inspirational environment at the rural residency property in Steuben with the robust community of ACRE artists, volunteers and supporters in the Chicago area. The new Exhibition and Flex Spaces will provide artists with expansive and experimental programming opportunities that are more akin to the freedom and creativity of the residency than our current storefront can offer. Just like the residency property in Wisconsin, we will have lots of room to grow! 

The future gallery space in it's current state.
The future gallery space in it's current state.


The gallery will go from a 400 sq. ft white cube to 2,200 sq. ft. of expansive space in a former 1930's funeral home. ACRE is working with A Squared Architectural Design to design and plan a comprehensive community center that will greatly expand ACRE's ability to fulfill our mission of supporting emerging artists. A Squared's design integrates the pre-existing geometry of the space with the "summer triangle," ACRE's [un]official constellation and logo. We envision the new space as an extension of our program in Wisconsin as well as a way for new community members to get involved in Chicago. 

Between ACRE's fifth anniversary and a newly minted Strategic Plan, 2015 is already a landmark year for our organization. ACRE's new programming space in Pilsen will revolutionize our ability to support emerging artists in the City of Chicago and beyond.

ACRE's new space will help transport the atmosphere at the residency to our work in Chicago. (Left: ACRE Residency Fire, Right: ACRE partner gallery opening at The Franklin)
ACRE's new space will help transport the atmosphere at the residency to our work in Chicago. (Left: ACRE Residency Fire, Right: ACRE partner gallery opening at The Franklin)


HOW YOUR DONATION WILL IMPACT OUR WORK


ACRE has already secured a generous donation for a portion of the build-out cost. We are asking our community to help raise the remaining $20,000 needed to create ACRE's ideal space.

Among other improvements, this project will make it possible for us to upgrade our exhibition space, increase our Chicago facilities (including a library and equipment access), and create more opportunities for emerging artists to share their work with each other and the public. The Exhibition and Flex Project spaces will enhance our ability to showcase the creativity of ACRE's esteemed residents.

Proposed layout of new space by A Squared.
Proposed layout of new space by A Squared.
ACRE staff visit to the new space with A Squared.
ACRE staff visit to the new space with A Squared.


Contributions to this project will directly support:

  • The creation of static and modular exhibition walls and pedestals for the exhibition space. (~$27,000) 
  • The build-out of the flex space, including furniture and tech for performances and screenings. (~$19,000) 
  • The creation of a permanent space for ACRE's library and archives. (~$5,000)
  • Year-round access to residency equipment. (~$2,500)
  • Storage for exhibition and residency supplies and equipment. (~$4,000)
ACRE Exhibition & Flex Space Plans by A Squared.
ACRE Exhibition & Flex Space Plans by A Squared.
ACRE's future gallery in it's current state.
ACRE's future gallery in it's current state.
Gallery rendering by A Squared.
Gallery rendering by A Squared.
Exhibition Space Axonometric by A Squared.
Exhibition Space Axonometric by A Squared.
Flex Space: Workshop Axonometric by A Squared.
Flex Space: Workshop Axonometric by A Squared.
Library Axonometric by A Squared.
Library Axonometric by A Squared.


 

Stretch Goals: Funds raised in addition to our goal will be used towards the following stretch goals.

  • Additional $20,000 - The construction of a kitchen in the new facility (currently on hold until 2016). This will give the ACRE Kitchen the opportunity to work their magic in the City of Chicago! 
  • Additional $25,000 - The creation of an ornamental and herb garden in the courtyard behind the building (currently on hold until 2016).
Views of the future Exhibition, Library and Flex Spaces.
Views of the future Exhibition, Library and Flex Spaces.


Choose your reward!


PDF of KADABRA Vol. 5 (ACRE's annual cookbook)
Example of KADABRA Vol. 5 pages. Illustrations pictured by Rachel Ettling.
Example of KADABRA Vol. 5 pages. Illustrations pictured by Rachel Ettling.

Receive a PDF of KADABRA Vol. 5, a selection of recipes lovingly assembled by the 2014 ACRE Kitchen. Plus a Donor Thank You on our website.

Bring the experience of the ACRE Kitchen to your home cooking with a selection of recipes from the 2014 program. This year’s cookbook PDF features recipes edited and compiled by Rachel Ettling. Recipes are complemented by Carrie Vinarsky's cover art alongside beautiful illustrations by Ettling, Marina Balko, Nicholas Wylie and Ashley Hudson.

Example of KADABRA Vol. 5 pages. Illustrations pictured by Marina Balko.
Example of KADABRA Vol. 5 pages. Illustrations pictured by Marina Balko.



POST CARD FROM ACRE

Get a postcard in the mail, feel special.
Get a postcard in the mail, feel special.

Receive a personalized "Greetings from ACRE" postcard sent to you from the residency by a member of the ACRE community. Postcard designed by Volunteer Staff member Lauren Walsh.

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



ACRE BUTTONS!
 

ACRE Buttons designed by Carrie Vinarsky!
ACRE Buttons designed by Carrie Vinarsky!

Receive an ACRE Button designed by artist and ACRE Print Shack technician Carrie Vinarsky.

The amazing Carrie Vinarsky and buttons of her own design!
The amazing Carrie Vinarsky and buttons of her own design!

Carrie Vinarsky (aka Mister City Press) rocked our world from the very second she arrived at ACRE. Artist, illustrator, teacher, musician and all around good time, Vinarsky continues to blow us away with an exclusive suite of custom designed images for ACRE's 2015 Kickstarter campaign, including a sparkling 1 1/4" button, our tote bag and the cover of Kadabra Vol. 5!

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



KADABRA Vol. 5

Mock up of KADABRA Vol. 5 featuring cover image by Carrie Vinarsky. (Please note that the finished cookbook will include color.)
Mock up of KADABRA Vol. 5 featuring cover image by Carrie Vinarsky. (Please note that the finished cookbook will include color.)



Receive a printed copy of KADABRA Vol. 5, a selection of recipes lovingly assembled by the 2014 ACRE Kitchen. This year's edition can easily stand up on it's own for easy use in the kitchen.

Bring the experience of the ACRE Kitchen to your home cooking with a selection of recipes from the 2014 program. This years cookbook features a spiral-bound standing design with recipes edited and compiled by Rachel Ettling, one of ACRE's founding chefs. Recipes are complemented by Carrie Vinarsky's cover art alongside beautiful illustrations by Ettling, Marina Balko, Nicholas Wylie and Ashley Hudson. Printed in Chicago by our friends at Tan & Loose Press

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


ACRE Tote Bag!

Mock up of tote bag design by Carrie Vinarsky.
Mock up of tote bag design by Carrie Vinarsky.



Receive a specially designed Tote Bag based on the decorative stained glass and terrazzo floor pattern of the new building. Plus we'll throw in an ACRE Button. Both designed by Carrie Vinarsky of Mister City Press.

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



BACON 7

Terry Plumming is Dead! Long Live Terry Plumming!
Terry Plumming is Dead! Long Live Terry Plumming!

Own a piece of Chicago history! Receive a copy of BACON 7, the long lost magazine created by Terry Plumming in 2008 and resurrected by ACRE volunteers in Spring of 2015.

BACON 7 includes 8 large posters, 3 small posters, 1 crossword puzzle, 1 catalog, 1 disclaimer, 1 vinyl record, 1 sticker and more!

Also includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


CUSTOM JOKE by Jesse Malmed

Jesse Malmed walks into a bar... what happens next is up to you.
Jesse Malmed walks into a bar... what happens next is up to you.

Knock, knock! Who's there? A custom joke written especially for you by funny man artist Jesse Malmed of Trunk Show!

Be the joke, not the butt of it, with your very own zinger. Help Jesse help you become the life of the party with a rib-ticklin', wise crackin' one liner.    

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


Go Viral with CUSTOM GIF by Thorne Brandt 

Thorne Brandt's "Endless Pancake Column"
Thorne Brandt's "Endless Pancake Column"

Receive a GIF custom designed by Thorne Brandt (aka PizzaDog) of The Gif Connoisseur especially for you.

What better way to go viral than with a personalized gif featuring your own mug or anything else you may want to immortalize, on the internet, for-ever. 

Your gif will also be featured in a video gallery of Kickstarter Gif Donors by Brandt. 

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



CUSTOM CELL RINGTONE by Jeff Kolar

Photo via Jeff Kolar Flickr
Photo via Jeff Kolar Flickr

Make your cell phone ring stand out in a crowd! Receive a custom and unique ringtone composed especially for you by sound and new media artist (and ringtone virtuoso) Jeff Kolar

A 2014 ACRE Visiting Artist with Radius, Kolar's done it all. From Smoke Detectors to Ice Cream Truck Songs to Hallmark Cards. Now Kolar is offering the unique opportunity to receive a custom ringtone with your donation. Only 15 available! 

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



DEDICATE A COURTYARD TILE

Our courtyard in it's current state. Help make it great!
Our courtyard in it's current state. Help make it great!
Help us build up the new space one brick at a time (literally). Specially designed courtyard tiles by Sarah and Joseph Belknap with text or an image of your choice that will be permanently incorporated into the building design.


ACRE is honored to have 2012 Resident Alumni Sarah and Joseph Belknap creating the courtyard tiles. We are sure that based on their excellent work for venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hyde Park Art Center our courtyard will be out of this world! 

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


RISOGRAPH PRINT by Victoria Martinez 

The print reward is based on this original artwork, created by Victoria Martinez at ACRE Residency in 2014.
The print reward is based on this original artwork, created by Victoria Martinez at ACRE Residency in 2014.


$250 or more - Receive "Funny Farm Ritual," a limited edition multi-layer risograph print by ACRE Resident Victoria Martinez. Based on work created on site at the ACRE Residency in 2014.

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


ORIGINAL SCULPTURE by Paul Erschen

Paul Erschen, "Wall Section" Poplar, White Pine, Latex, 2012
Paul Erschen, "Wall Section" Poplar, White Pine, Latex, 2012


Receive a unique work of art by Paul Erschen, talented artist and longtime advisor, volunteer, and member of the ACRE community.

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!


ACRE SUPPER CLUB

Residents enjoying dinner during Session 3 Summer 2014.
Residents enjoying dinner during Session 3 Summer 2014.

Eat like a resident! Receive 2 tickets to an exclusive ACRE Kitchen Supper Club prepared in collaboration with artist Karolina Gnatowski.

Work by our gracious host, Karolina Gnatowski.
Work by our gracious host, Karolina Gnatowski.

The opportunity you've been waiting for! Attend a dinner prepared by the ACRE Kitchen. Hosted by the lovely and talented artist Karolina Gnatowski, this dinner will feature a fresh and hearty menu made especially for this first-time-ever ACRE Kitchen dinner in Chicago. The event will take place in the new space in the Fall/Winter of 2015. (Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Pizza oven not included.)

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



ORIGINAL ARTWORK by Emily Hermant

Untitled (Study for Strata, No. 5, Series A), 2014, by Emily Hermant
Untitled (Study for Strata, No. 5, Series A), 2014, by Emily Hermant

 
Receive a 22 x 30" screen print by artist and ACRE 2014 alumn, Emily Hermant. This unique print was made on site in ACRE's Print Shack!

Information on the work: Untitled (Study for Strata, No. 5, Series A), 2014. 22 x 30", Multi-colored, single layer screen-print on paper. 

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



DEDICATE AN EXHIBITION WALL

Sponsor your own gallery wall! (*Please note: text not to scale.)
Sponsor your own gallery wall! (*Please note: text not to scale.)

Sponsor one of ACRE's new mobile exhibition walls designed by A Squared. A dedication plaque will be permanently affixed to the wall.

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!



VISIT ACRE's RESIDENCY!

ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI
ACRE Residency in Steuben, WI

2 NIGHTS STAY at the Steuben Lodge in scenic Stueben, WI during the 2015 Summer Residency (July – August 2015). This includes semi­-private accommodations, all meals, a guided tour of our facilities and the opportunity to participate in programming.

You've never been anywhere quite like it (because there is nowhere quite like it). Make a contribution of $1,000 or more and share in the inspiration and experience of our summer residency. We promise you, you won't regret it!

Includes KADABRA Vol. 5 PDF and website Thank you!

 
Thank you from the entire ACRE Community! 

Session 2 Group Photo, 2014
Session 2 Group Photo, 2014

Risks and challenges

As a volunteer run organization in our 5th year we have faced and surmounted a number of obstacles in the past. Potential obstacles that may effect this project include delays in construction of the exhibition space that may increase the budget or push back our opening planned for the Fall of 2015. We have secured a donation for a portion of the build out cost of the space as a buffer, to mitigate this risk. Our modular build out plan is also purposely flexible, to accommodate any issues that may arise.

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    $25 or more - Receive a personalized "Greetings from ACRE" postcard sent to you from the residency by a member of the ACRE community. Postcard designed by Volunteer Staff member Lauren Walsh.

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    $30 or more - Receive a Limited Edition ACRE Button designed by artist and ACRE Print Shack technician Carrie Vinarsky. The button is 1 1/4" in diameter and features a special sparkling foil design!

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    $50 or more - Receive a printed copy of KADABRA Vol. 5, a selection of recipes lovingly assembled by the 2014 ACRE Kitchen. This year's edition can easily stand up on it's own for easy use in the kitchen. Cover design by Carrie Vinarsky with recipe images by Rachel Ettling, Marina Balko, Nicholas Wylie and Ashley Hudson. Printed in Chicago by Tan & Loose Press.

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    $50 or more - Own a piece of Chicago history! Receive a copy of BACON 7, the long lost magazine created by Terry Plumming in 2008 and resurrected by ACRE volunteers in Spring of 2015.

    BACON 7 includes 8 large posters, 3 small posters, 1 crossword puzzle, 1 catalog, 1 disclaimer, 1 vinyl record, 1 sticker and more!

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    $70 or more - Receive a Tote Bag designed and hand screen printed by Carrie Vinarsky of Mister City Press. Plus an ACRE button!

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    $100 or more - Receive a GIF custom designed by Thorne Brandt of The Gif Connoisseur especially for you. Your gif will also join in a video gallery of Kickstarter Gif Donors by Brandt.

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    $150 or more - Help us build up the new space one brick at a time (literally). Specially designed courtyard tiles by Sarah and Joseph Belknap with text or an image of your choice that will be permanently incorporated into the building design.

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    $250 or more - Receive "Funny Farm Ritual," a limited edition multi-layer risograph print by ACRE Resident Victoria Martinez. Based on an original artwork created at the ACRE Residency in 2014.

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    $350 or more - Receive "Wall Section," an original work of art by ACRE staff member, Paul Erschen.

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    $400 or more - Eat like a resident! Receive two (2) tickets to an exclusive ACRE Kitchen Supper Club prepared in collaboration with artist Karolina Gnatowski.

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    $500 or more - Sponsor one of ACRE's new mobile exhibition walls designed by A Squared Architectural Design Consultants. A dedicated plaque will be permanently affixed to the wall.

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    $500 or more - Receive a 22 x 30" screen print by artist and ACRE 2014 alumni, Emily Hermant. This unique print was made on site in ACRE's Print Shack!

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    $1,000 or more - 2 NIGHTS STAY at the Steuben Lodge in scenic Stueben, WI during the 2015 Summer Residency (July – August 2015). This includes semi­-private accommodations, all meals, a guided tour of our facilities and the opportunity to participate in programming.

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