Elastic Arts Visual Gallery Curatorial Residency Application

Elastic Arts is looking for our next Visual Arts Curator. This one-year residency is designed for someone looking to start, grow, or refresh their curatorial practice. Elastic Arts is a 2,500 sq.-ft. space devoted to adventurous music, performance, and art. We present roughly five public performances each week that range from jazz to electronic experimental music, EDM, post-punk, noise, puppetry, poetry, performance art... at an all-ages, low-cost venue. The space offers artists a unique opportunity to present work to hundreds of people each week, many of whom do not attend other galleries or museums, and to present work that responds to a very diverse range of audiences.

The Visual Gallery Curator at Elastic Arts will be responsible for planning, programming, and coordinating visual art for the gallery area at Elastic Arts from August 2019 through August 2020. The Visual Gallery program presents exhibitions on a quarterly basis. Each exhibition runs for approximately eight to ten weeks, leaving a two-week window for other, shorter event programs that include visual components (not covered by this residency). Beyond selecting the artists, the Visual Gallery Curator is responsible for ensuring artists sign necessary contracts, install and de-install shows, create/gather support materials for promoting events, producing opening receptions, and various other tasks as needed to fulfill their residency requirements. In addition the Visual Arts Curator writes a critical essay/review/interview for their shows to be included in the quarterly Graphic Notes publication produced by Elastic Arts. There is an annual stipend of $1,000 divided quarterly at each opening.

Elastic Arts is a 501c(3) non-profit organization fostering artistic exploration from a versatile Chicago venue by programming and presenting multifaceted performance and exhibition. Elastic Arts fosters a community of music, art and performance in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music concerts, exhibitions, and multi-arts performances. www.elasticarts.org.

Should you have any additional questions regarding the residency, please email gallery@elasticarts.org

May 1, 2019 - Applications Due
May 13 - 2019 - Selected Candidate Interviews
May 25 - 2019 - Curator Confirmed
May 31, 2019 - Curator Announced at Annual Event
September 2019 - New Curator's First Opening

Please answer the application below to be considered for the 2019-2020 Visual Arts Curatorial Residency at Elastic Arts.
All candidates must be 21 years of age or older.

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Are you a Chicago resident? *
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Program Goals - Describe the type of programming you would like to do *
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Curatorial Goals - What are you looking to personally gain from this curatorial experience *
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Describe any relationships, memories, or feelings you have about Elastic Arts
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