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Judith Mullen to Speak at Ukrainian Institute of Art in Chicago

Category : Exhibitions

Ghost Trees by Judith Mullen

Judith was a finalist for the Residency Program. She is a Chicago-based painter and sculptor. http://judithmullen.com/art/Exhibitions  She is represented by Linda Warren Projects in Chicago  http://lindawarrenprojects.com/artists/judith-mullen/

Judith, along with 3 other artists will be speaking on February 19th, 2pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art In Chicago, Illinos (2230 W. Chicago Ave).


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Reducing my Dose, Unblocking my Muse

Read the New York Times Opinion article written by former XQ Resident Diana Spechler

I’m spending a month at an artist residency in central Mexico, where I’ve befriended a local healer named Katuza who believes in the spirit world. He believes in the power of plants, especially peyote. He believes in the temescal (sweat lodge) as a cure for most ailments, including depression, anxiety, and insomnia. He has long gray hair, a long gray beard, the wide eyes of the ecstatic. He says that I need to release the things I hold in my chest. “We will teach you how to scream,” he says. He often uses the first-person plural — maybe because English is his second language, maybe in homage to interconnectedness.

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Important Message from the President & CEO of Americans for the Arts

Category : News

CALL TO ACTION
January 26, 2017

Dear Americans for the Arts Members and Friends,

I am writing to you today about the status of federal funding for the arts in the new Administration and U.S. Congress and about what you should do right now and over the coming months.

Last week on Thursday, January 19, I sent our Americans for the Arts members, stakeholders, and constituents at the local, state, and national levels an alert calling attention to an article in The Hill newspaper which reported that two Trump transition team advisors are recommending elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I was asked to respond to this troubling news and gave interviews in the following publications: Washington Post, Variety, The Hill, and Paste Magazineamong others.  

Also last Thursday, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, executive director of our affiliated grassroots advocacy organization Americans for the Arts Action Fund, sent an action alert outlining four quick action steps to its members. The Arts Action Fund website www.ArtsActionFund.org will continue to have the most up-to-date information about ongoing advocacy efforts and actions to take regarding federal funding for the arts. The Arts Action Fund is also working with state arts advocacy groups on a coordinated campaign that will be released next week.

Today, I sent a letter to President Trump asking him to preserve federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But I would like the next letter that I send to the President to be accompanied by a petition signed by 100,000 Arts Action Fund members which can be found here. Over the coming weeks, I expect that there will be a number of opinion articles and targeted attacks regarding public funding for the arts. To help further explain what is-or isn’t-happening right now, Americans for the Arts has prepared a few FAQs from questions the staff have already fielded. We also need to organize and galvanize our forces. Please  sign the petition and get at least five of your friends to do the same so we can raise our collective and individual voices with precision and in a unified manner.

I believe our collective job in the arts community is to tell our story and make our case again and again at the federal, state, and local levels. Below are the action steps I hope you will take as soon as possible:

  • Take two minutes to contact your two Senators and your House representatives now.
  • Join the Arts Action Fund (for free) so we can get alerts to you as quickly as possible and you can respond to decision-makers fast.  
  • Work to get other colleagues to join the Arts Action Fund. We ask that you pledge to reach out to at least five board, staff, members, or audience members. Two national partners, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and Blick Art Supply, brought in 42,000 members and 37,000 customers respectively to become arts advocates for our cause.
  • Register to attend  National Arts Advocacy Day on March 20-21 in Washington, DC where you can add your voice in person.
  • Inform us of any specific actions impacting the arts in your community as a result of the President’s new executive order on sanctuary cities. Please send an e-mail to Ruby Harper at rharper@artsusa.org.
This is what you can do now, but we will circle back to you at several points along the timeline below to customize and target messages as the process unfolds.

We’ve created a Rapid Response Team here and put together a general timeline of what to expect:

  • The White House will issue dozens of sweeping executive orders and form new policy positions within the first 90 days.
  • Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund will release a coordinated petition, grassroots advocacy, social media, and advertising campaign in early February.
  • The President will address a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017, and will likely present the Administration’s FY 2018 budget around this time.
  • Americans for the Arts is set to present National Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2017.
  • The US House of Representatives and specifically the House Appropriations Subcommittees will set initial FY 2018 funding levels for every federal agency in the Spring (March-May) of this year.
  • The federal government’s current FY 2017 Continuing Resolution Appropriations expires April 28, 2017, and we need to keep a watchful eye on continuation of federal funding for the arts through the entire fiscal year ending September 30, 2017 
  • The US Senate and Senate Appropriation Subcommittees will finalize their positions by July 4. 
  • A final conference committee agreement between the House and the Senate will be reached by leaders from these committees by September/October.
At the national level, Americans for the Arts will continue to coordinate with national, state, and local arts groups on advocacy efforts through:
  • Ongoing strategizing with our national arts service organization colleagues, especially the 85 national partners of National Arts Advocacy Day, on direct lobbying.
  • Ongoing strategizing with our local arts, state arts, and arts education advocacy colleagues, including the 50+ members of our State Arts Action Network, on grassroots lobbying.
  • Expanding and re-targeting our national advertising strategy.
  • Continuing press and interview pursuits such as the interviews from over this past weekend.
  • Strategizing with, and involving, key pro-arts leaders from business, government, and the arts who connect well with the new Administration.
  • Identifying incoming White House staff liaisons to the arts sector.

Just yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order that could potentially deny certain cities, such as sanctuary cities, billions of dollars in federal grants, including NEA funds, if they do not follow new immigration enforcement protocols. Americans for the Arts is already developing strategies about a number of issues related to federal arts funding, and we are proactively investigating new opportunities for arts funding in the coming months; an example is legislation regarding expanding our nation’s infrastructure.

Finally, we are seeing that the current efforts to eliminate the NEA seem to be based on old Heritage Foundation arguments formulated more than two decades ago. Even though these arguments are dated, that does not mean they won’t have weight with new legislative listeners. The argument to eliminate or slash federal arts funding comes up every year, and your collective efforts have stopped that from happening in the past. But in the current political environment, it is critical that all of us redouble our efforts. 

I think it is good to know what claims might be put forth so that we are all prepared with locally based strategies and answers. To help with this, our team is preparing rebuttals to each of these potential arguments which will be posted on the Americans for the Arts and Action Fund websites and forwarded to Arts Action Fund members. This information can help you make a case for federal funding with your congressional representatives.

Americans for the Arts is committed to working with you to ensure that all Americans have access to the arts and that we protect and cultivate funding for the arts on the local, state, and federal level. 

Thank you for your hard work.

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts


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TOWN supports Harlem Exhibition

Category : News , XQ Resident Updates

Darshai, Michael Pribich, Still image from Sift, video filmed in Badakhshan, Tajikistan fall 2016
Allusions includes two-dimensional artworks and multi-dimensional (some interactive) installations presented by eleven uptown artists hailing from vastly different backgrounds and upbringings who share a message of multiculturalism and inclusiveness.  The works explore immigration, cross-cultural existence, intersectionality, religion, politics, and current world events with an artistic vision to encourage empathy, understanding and tolerance.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Alice Mizrachi, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, FEEGZ – Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Jenevieve Reid, Michael Pribich, MOOSH, Noreen Dean Dresser, Suprina, Tammy Nguyen, Uday K. Dhar and Xavier Roux
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, JAN 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street
The “Allusions” exhibition runs until April 15, 2017
The show opened last Wednesday, and they kind of featured my video projection. It was a big night for me.  City Council members spoke, Borough President Ruth Messenger spoke. (not about me, but for the space). Anyway it was good.  First time showing video, first time with a projection. It was real exciting, and it nearly killed me to get it done.  So much technology. required between devices that don’t speak to each other! -Michael

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And the Winners Are….

Category : XQ Resident Updates

Winners of the 360 Xochi Quetzal 2016 Winter Residency

This year we have invited two writers, two visual artists and one musician to attend the residency in Chapala, Mexico. They are all engaged in exciting work and span four decades of ages, and hail from all over the US and Europe.

 

sean-hammerSean Hammer is a young novelist from New York City, who bravely chose a career in writing over law. His writing is breathtaking, moving, and deeply contemplative. He will be working on a novel that spans three countries and eighty years. He sometimes writes on his beloved bright orange Smith Corona Karmann Ghia Super G manual typewriter, which will accompany him to Chapala. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6565660.Sean_Hammer

 

unnamedHeidi Souffriau describes her original writing in equally original terms. She sees herself as a recordist, one who records dreams and conversations. Her intention is “to make people laugh and to transfer a feeling of awe towards the peculiar magic of everyday life” and to enable her readers “to meet with the poetry in their own existence.” She draws inspiration from shamanic tradition and tribal life.

 

 

louisLouis Chinn is a musician, performance artist, puppeteer and educator from Oakland, CA. Chinn’s Chinese and First Nation roots are seamlessly integrated into his tribal and nature inspired global music, which he creates in a manner more commonly used by collage artists. His multi-media work fuses social activism, community building and awareness of one’s self in the context of nature. He is excited about connecting and collaborating with Chapala’s extensive music and art community. http://www.louischinn.com/

 

jennifer-angusJennifer Angus comes to us as an installation artist with an impressive international reputation. 360 Xochi Quetzal not only supports emerging artists, but also rewards and celebrates those who have stayed the creative course for decades. Jennifer, an art professor at the University of Wisconsin, is best known for her highly decorative and powerful wallpaper installations that are composed from insects. She explores the dualities of home and comfort as contrasted by the disgust and uncleanliness generally associated with insects. It seems only natural that she has been drawn to Mexico, home of Cochineal the magnificent red dye harvested from bugs. http://www.jenniferangus.com/

 

santiagoSantiago Galeas is a wildly talented young Latino painter from Philadelphia. In an art world dominated by painting, Santiago’s oil portraits of people of color are truly spectacular and original. It is very exciting to support such a young artist (25) and see where his career will take him. http://www.santiagogaleas.com/

 

In addition to these five talented residents, we also welcome Louis’s creative partner, Meng Yu, who collaborates with him and is a visual artist. Jennifer’s son Sasa will be joining her for two weeks to assist her in the studio. And rounding out our creative community, two other writers will also be in Chapala: our writing juror and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, Alice B. Fogel and acclaimed Iranian-American novelist Anita Amirezanni, who will be here on personal residencies. For more information about the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency in Mexico including personal residencies: http://www.360xochiquetzal.com


Testimonials

Everyone comes to the residency for different reasons. For me it was a
time to reflect upon this whirlwind year. Like many, I lead a hectic life
and run from one exhibition to the next with little time for
contemplation. Even if I hadn’t made a single thing during my residency,
I would have been satisfied because what I really needed was to slow
down and think about what direction my work might take. I reveled in
the environment – the lake and mountains – as well as two trips, one to
see the Monarch butterflies and the other to a fiesta in an indigenous
village with my fellow artists. I left the residency refreshed, with new friends and purpose!

Jennifer Angus, Installation Artist
“Applying for the free Winter residency of Xochi Quetzal was the start of many positive transformations. The silence I found for myself during the residency, allowed me not only to write the best last chapter I can write at this stage of my evolution, it also granted me a most sought-after introspection moment during which I read my dreams and studied ancient Eastern writings. The serenity of the lake and presence of other artists inspired me to get mentally ready and organized for my future as a novelist. I am particularly fond of spending the holidays abroad with ‘strangers’. It always infuses me with these wild insights and whims. Our group was just lovely, the artists one by one very interesting. Cobra and Christian are warm and graceful hosts who made life easy. All in all, Xochi Quetzal was a weighty meditation, a poetic experience that carried me through the rest of Mexico in newness and will resonate long after.”
Heidi Souffriau, Writer
“I was partly inspired to apply for the Xochi Quetzal residency by The Retro Cocktail Hour — a popular Saturday night radio show on Kansas Public Radio 91.5 that features exotica music (a form of tropical jazz).  My hope was for the palm trees,  lakeside sunrises, and culture of Chapala & Mexico at large to inform my creative process.  These elements did precisely that, and the generous hospitality of Cobra & her partner Christian provided me with a cozy composing environment.”
Note from Staff: Listen to the music created during Andrew’s residency -Winter 2016
Andrew Morgan, Composer, Musician

Chapala is a safe, spiritually charged, beautiful place. Wild horses run through town.  It’s a place where you greet strangers on the street.

I walked along the lake in meditation a great deal. I hiked the looming cerro overlooking town. I biked all over the countryside. I wrote, documented, created composed soundscapes utilizing field recordings, and built small maquette light sculptures based on my experiences. I attended traditional temazcals, and sat alone in cathedrals.

It was pivotal for me in a spiritual sense more than a career advancing experience. I’m very grateful for it, and Deborah Kruger is a wonderful advocate to keep in contact with. I truly recommend the residency.

Justin R. Lytle, Sound Artist & Sculptor

My residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in summer 2015 was both restorative and productive.  I was inspired by the beautiful studio and the surrounding Chapala  / Jalisco region.  The setting worked well for me in terms of inspiring and completing new work, and learning the history and customs of the area.  The flexible residency requirements allowed an easy engagement with other residents, and encouraged me to participate in Chapala and Guadalajara communities.  There are many contemporary art venues in Guadalajara, which are an easy bus ride from Chapala.

Michael Pribich, Sculptor

“Not only was this residency situated in one of the most beautifully mystical, culturally resonant, and stimulating settings imaginable, it also managed to be both peaceful and galvanizing: the perfect combination for immersing oneself in a creative project without hesitation or distraction. Deborah and Christian’s home was an oasis. One of my fellow residents remarked to me that “this place has amazing energy for getting work done,” and I wholeheartedly agree: the atmosphere seemed to hum with a low-key, generative productivity, one that helped me get closer than I’d been in many months to actually fully realizing and finishing a long story. I wish I was still there among the bougainvillea, the jade vines, the dogs and the pelicans.”

Suzanne K. Rivecca, Author

Chapala has become my home away from home. The Xochi Quetztal residency is run efficiently. Cobra and her team are friendly, accessible, and professional. My stay in Chapala is enhanced by the personal relationships I have developed with several of the team members. The casita I stay in is very well maintained and fully equipped. The studio area is large and ready for me to engage in art as soon as I arrive.  The weather is always fantastic. The lake, the town(s), the life, the restaurants, the view, the very friendly local people all call me back again and again. I love it!

Zahava Sherez, Sculptor

“This was the most work I’ve ever done in a single month in my life. I will never forget what an incredible experience this was and I thank you for honoring me with a residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal. The reference material I gathered throughout the trip to Chapala, Mexico is going to fuel my work for years to come. Thank you for everything! You run an incredible residency program!!!”

Santiago Galeas, Painter