Public Call for Artists: Artist in Residence Program
Deadline: Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:00PM CST
The Buchanan Center for the Arts is seeking an artist for the new Artist in Residence program in Monmouth, Illinois. The residence will run from approximately June 1–September 15, 2019. This residence is an opportunity for the artist to engage with the community to create a public mural, teach classes at arts partner locations, as well as create a body of work for exhibition at the end of the program.
The Buchanan Center for the Arts and its members believe that art promotes social innovation, makes valuable contributions to society, and enriches our community. The selected artist will have the opportunity to expand his/her own civic and social practice while teaching and working with our residents to create artwork. The goal of this residence program is to infuse creativity and artistic perspective into everyday life, inspire our community to approach problems with new mindsets, and to support artists who value community building as part of their practice.
Selections will be made based on the criteria listed in the application. A selection panel comprised of members from the Buchanan Center for the Arts board of directors and community arts partners will review all the applications. Finalists may be selected to be interviewed by the selection panel in person or virtually. The selection panel will review all submitted applications within 30 days from the deadline of March 30, 2019. Review of applications will begin Tuesday, April 2, 2019, with a final decision expected by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
For more details and to apply, please click on the link below.
Kendall S. Thompson is a young artist hailing from Galesburg, Illinois. Born in the suburbs of Chicago, he and his family moved to Galesburg in 1999. He attended Monmouth College, graduating in 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in art. He is currently employed at the Galesburg Civic Art Center where he installs exhibitions and coordinates educational programs. He is also a part-time art educator for local elementary and middle school students.
Thompson's inspiration comes primarily from a childhood love of cartoons. These kind of images have influenced his choice of color, pattern, and design in painting. Different colors and color combinations that appear in his work are also reminiscent of team logos in professional sports. A love of sports and competition is another aspect of Thompson's life experience that is subtly worked into his art-making process. The act of art-making is very important to him. Thompson uses his art as a way to connect with others around him. He works primarily in acrylic and creates compositions using heavily geometric forms and bold, contrasting colors. Most of Thompson's work is highly abstracted, leaving it up to the viewer to interpret the meaning of each piece. By allowing different interpretations, Thompson is able to connect with each viewer in a new way.
Thompson's work is currently on display in our James Keefe gallery through the end of February.
Website: ksthompson.weebly.comInstagram: _kendallt_Email:
Handmade Photography in the Digital Age
Closing Reception 5-7pm Friday, March 1
We kick-off our 30th anniversary of the arts with our 2019 exhibition season featuring the photography of Spiffy Tumbleweed January 15 - March 1, in the BCA gallery. OFTA gallery talk is 10am Wednesday, January 16. This exhibit spotlights the process of merging historic pinhole photography with new digital technology. Working under the name Spiffy Tumbleweed, the artist lives and works in South Austin, Texas, and is active with a variety of photographic processes. He had a primary interest in pinhole photography for many years and worked with a variety of different formats and materials. Tumbleweed spends most Sunday afternoons in an old school wet darkroom, and while he enjoys experimenting with a variety of alternative photographic processes, and works in both digital and film, he has a decided preference for black and white film.
Tumbleweed enjoys pinhole photography because he likes to take the gear out of the equation. The image that he makes with pinhole photography is a creation of his eye, his mind, and his understanding of the light and the materials he is using, not his equipment. He likes the surreal look that he can sometimes achieve with pinhole and his most satisfying recent work results more in representation than reality.
He designs and builds his own cameras because he can, and because it brings him great satisfaction to create an image from a device he's also created. Pinhole photography forces him to be deliberate, and to be very much in the moment when he visualizes and then exposes an image. He uses film, paper, and Polaroid, and the material he is shooting strongly influences what and how he shoots, and vice-versa.
Artwork: Night Bloom