Last year, The Art Gym created the Art Production and Publication Fund to support artists directly with costs associated with making work for their exhibition, to ensure the documentation of these exhibitions by producing a catalogue, and promote accessibility to that catalogue. Because of the success of this year, we are kickstarting an APP Fund for 2016-2017 with your help!
Giving Direct Support to Artists
Artists often pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for exhibitions at institutions, money which they may not get back in sales. The Art Gym is working to give more support to artists!
The Art Production and Publication fund helps artists by providing support before the exhibition, so that the artist can focus on making their work, instead of focusing on how they can afford to make the work.
The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating risk-taking and ambitious projects at various stages in their careers. The Art Production and Publication Fund provides the direct financial support that is necessary for artists to be able to produce new, innovative work.
Alongside providing a budget that goes directly to the artist for materials, we have standardized honorariums for artists (one of the few professions not regularly compensated for creative work), compliant with W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy). This kind of direct support from institution to artist is exceedingly rare, and we hope to see the Art Production and Publication Fund become an example of institutional support in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Documenting Innovative Contemporary Art
Prior to the creation of this fund last year, publications to document and widen the reach of an exhibition had been dependent on outside funding. With the Art Production and Publication Fund, The Art Gym is publishing catalogues regardless of the artists’ gallery representation or financial means. These catalogues are available in print and for free online so that the work can reach the widest audience possible.
With the Art Production and Publication Fund, we guarantee that we can continue to create a catalogue for every exhibition held at The Art Gym.
Artists, educators, students, arts professionals, and the public make up the audience of The Art Gym. We are well-known as a venue for challenging programming and documentation of the region’s art, making our catalogues the single greatest record of regional contemporary art since 1980.
Helping Artists in Their Careers
The Art Gym publications are often the artists’ first catalogues, and support their pursuit of artist fellowships, grants, residencies, and exhibitions at other institutions.
We have a strong history of serving as a springboard that launches the careers of emerging artists and providing future opportunities, as well as being a landmark destination for artists’ retrospectives later in their significant careers.
The Art Gym receives support through the services of Marylhurst University, as well as funding from grants and individual supporters, but it is often not enough! Artists may not receive a grant that they were counting on to make the artwork, and organizations that give The Art Gym grants generally only support one project annually. Often only a small portion of the costs of installing and promoting the exhibition is covered.
Artists are expected to pay thousands of dollars to make work that may not have immediate financial returns while giving great cultural value to the public at no charge.
History of The Art Gym
Since 1980, The Art Gym has been recognized as a venue that exhibits some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of the contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement.
The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious, risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue, we are committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The Art Gym’s catalogues continue to be among the greatest records of the contemporary art history of the Pacific Northwest, contributing to the discourse on contemporary art and representing the region. We are dedicated to making knowledge accessible and connecting artists and community.
About the Curator
Blake Shell is the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of The Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion. She is a contemporary art curator and artist with over twelve years of experience in directing nonprofit and educational galleries. She received a BA in art from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and an MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her curatorial work has gained regional attention and press in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a national review on Artforum.com’s Critic’s Picks. Shell is currently a panelist for the Visual Chronicle of Portland, managed by Regional Arts & Culture Council at Marylhurst University, providing the artistic direction and leadership of the organization.
Risks and challenges
Since this is only our second year, this is still a new fund, and we will need to continue to raise money for this fund every year. We are coming to you for support this year so that we can KICKSTART the 2016-2017 fund, and make the case in subsequent years that the public supports institutions that focus on getting money directly to artists.
We are asking for the bare minimum. We are sincerely hoping to raise well above & beyond $10,000, to ensure that we are able to create the highest quality of catalogues and give artists as much support as possible throughout the exhibition season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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