Announcing MDW Fair

November 9th Vernissage Opening Party 7 PM – 12 AM
November 10th and 11th: Open Hours 12 – 6 PM

CHICAGO: Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Document, Roots & Culture and threewalls, the MDW Fair is a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups, highlighting artist-run activities and experimental culture locally, nationally and internationally. Featuring more than 75 exhibitors, publishers and performers, the MDW Fair is the world’s premier event for grassroots and independent art culture. Utilizing Mana Contemporary Art Center’s newly opened branch in Chicago, MDW has a packed schedule of performances, artist projects, and events over the course of the weekend.

The third iteration of MDW is an expanded edition, bringing together artist-run spaces, publishers, and programmers from across the country demonstrating the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the independent arts ecology. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike.

Booths:
SiLO Art Space (Chicago)
ACRE (Chicago)
Columbia College Chicago Photography Department(Chicago)
Co-Prosperity Sphere / Reuben Kincaid (Chicago)
Courtney Blades (Chicago)
Defibrillator (Chicago)
Document (Chicago)
Eel Space (Chicago)
Elastic Arts Foundation (Chicago)
Eyeporium Gallery (Chicago)
GURL DON’T BE DUMB(Chicago)
Happy Collaborationists (Chicago)
Heaven (Chicago)
Hinge Gallery (Chicago)
Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago)
In Control (Chicago)
Johalla Projects (Chicago)
LVL3 (Chicago)
Make Space (Chicago)
nAbr Gallery (Milwaukee)
Schlong (Chicago)
Octagon (Chicago)
Peanut Gallery (Chicago)
Plug Projects (Kansas City, MO)
Roots & Culture (Chicago)
Roxaboxen Exhibitions (Chicago)
The Salon Series (Chicago)
slow gallery with Clutch (Chicago)
Suitable Video (Chicago)
Terrain Exhibitions (Chicago)
The Abundant Archive (Chicago)
The Franklin (Chicago)
The Luminary Art Center (St. Louis)
threewalls (Chicago)
UIC MFA students (Chicago)
What it is (Chicago)

Publication Tables:
5 Star Ratings
Bootleggers Anonymous (New York/ Los Angeles)
Center for Book and Paper Arts- Columbia College Chicago (Chicago)
Chicago Artist Writers (Chicago)
EAS Columbus (Columbus, OH)
ESCAPE Group (Chicago)
Friends of Blue Dress Park (Los Angeles)
Iceberg and Sorcery (Chicago)
Arts Alliance Illinois(Chicago)
Mystery Spot Books (Minneapolis)
No Coast/Monsters and Dust (Chicago)
Publication Studio (Portland)
Regional Relationships (Chicago)
Silver Galleon Press (Chicago)
SPARE
Soberscove Press (Chicago)
Sona Books (Chicago)
TAG Zine & Pink Chairs (Chicago)
Temporary Art Review (St. Louis)
The Renaissance Society (Chicago)

Performances and Programs by:
Astro Space Party (Chicago)
Thorne Brandt (Chicago)
Mairead Case (Chicago)
Lisa Vinebaum (Chicago)
Hyperkewl (Kansas City)
Picnic (Chicago)
Performancy Forum (New York)
Hoyun Son (Chicago)
Salon (Brook Sinkinson Withrow) (Chicago)
Songs on Conceptual Art (Portland)
Jerome Baez with Theodore Darst (Chicago)

and the Casual Encounters Photo Booth (Chicago/San Francisco)

About Mana Contemporary Chicago:

Mana Contemporary, one of the largest art centers in the United States, is expanding to Chicago. A landmark building in the Pilsen neighborhood is being converted into a flourishing arts community. The center will integrate the local emerging art scene with Mana’s innovative philosophy by providing comprehensive services and programs for artists, students, collectors, institutions, and the greater public––under one roof.

Right now, Mana Contemporary Chicago is completing its third floor to include bright, airy, and fully customizable artist studios. The facility will expand to feature galleries, exhibition spaces, cutting edge monthly events, as well as a cafe, a frame/crate shop, art management services, art storage, and more.

Mana Contemporary Chicago will be one of three Mana branches. Each center will reflect the spirit of the city it is based in, and provide for the unique needs of its artistic community.

Mana Contemporary is located at: 2233 South Throop Street  Chicago, IL 60608.

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MDW FAIR October 2012 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

October 26-28th, 2012 at the Geolofts
Friday October 26, Vernissage
Open Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 12-6 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, document, Roots & Culture and threewalls, the MDW Fair is a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups, highlighting artist-run activities and experimental culture locally, nationally and internationally. Featuring more than 75 exhibitors, the MDW Fair is the world’s premier event for grassroots and independent art culture.

The first two fairs, which took place April and October 2011 drew hundreds of people from Chicago and around the country and press from ArtSlant, The Chicago Tribune, Bad at Sports and more as crowds gathered for a special focus on the visual arts in the Midwest. For the expanded third iteration this fall, MDW invites curatorial proposals from not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, emerging galleries, collectives and independent curators across the United States and around the world. MDW also invites proposals for performances, programming and independent publications. Proposals are due August 15, 2012 and successful applicants will be notified by September 10, 2012

Proposals for booths:

Groups are required to send 10 images of the curatorial premise they wish to focus on at the fair. Number of artists is not limited, proposals will be judged on quality of the premise and the artists’ work. Deadline is August 15th. Images should be sent as a zip file along with a short mission statement/bio about the presenters and 500-word curatorial statement. Successful applicants will be notified by early September with details. All booth spaces are 300 sq feet/$400. Successful applicants will be included in the MDW Catalogue, published by Public Media Institute and designed by Plural.

Proposals for publications:

We welcome exhibitors that produce and publish artists’ books, art periodicals, artist zines, or independent art-book culture in all forms, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Interested publishers and booksellers should send a 500 word or less description of their organization or project. Tables cost $50.

Proposals for programming:

Proposals can be for lectures, panels, performances, music, or any other kind of experimental action. Picnics, tours, public interventions, artist-led workshops and discussions as well as creative disturbances in public space are also welcome.  Performance artists and event producers of all stripes are welcome. Please send a 500 word or less description of program, time limit, and preferred time slot during open hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Submissions for the MDW Fair can be emailed to: mdwfair@gmail.com
Questions about submissions can be submitted to Aron Gent at: arongent@arongent.com
Design by Plural

 

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Announcing Fall Showcase Participants

MDW Fall Showcase
October 21st- 23rd
at The Geolofts 3636 S Iron St.

Vernissage: Friday October 21, 8-11pm

Saturday Noon to 6pm
Sunday Noon to 6pm
$5 admission

Chicago: on October 21st- 23rd, The MDW Fair presents a Fall Showcase of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, independent galleries, collectives and curators from around the country. This iteration of the MDW Fair runs in conjunction with The Hand in Glove Conference and will highlight innovative curatorial and administrative practices happening in independent arts initiatives. The Fall Showcase will focus on the practices of individual artists, offering the opportunity for each artist to mount an ambitious project. The Fall Showcase, like the previous MDW Fair, will also feature an independent arts publisher’s forum.

Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. The initial fair, which took place April 23 & 24th of 2011, drew large crowds and press from ArtSlant, The Chicago Tribune, Bad at Sports and more as Chicagoans gathered for a special focus on the visual arts in their county.

In conjunction with The MDW Fair, threewalls & Alliance for Independent Arts Organizers will be hosting The Hand in Glove Conference on the first floor of the Geolofts. The Hand in Glove Conference is a new semiannual conference for independent visual arts facilitators working at the crossroads of creative administration and studio practice. This conference is open to people engaged in the pragmatic realities and imaginative possibilities of organizing exhibitions, re-granting programs, publications, residencies, public programs, platforms for projects, and a variety of other programming that challenges traditional formats for the production and reception of art at the grass-roots level.  The Conference takes place October 20-23rd and is open to registered participants only. Visit threewalls for more information.

Participants include:
2612 Space
65GRAND
ACRE
Alderman Exhibitions
antenna
ANTIDOTE
Bad at Sports
Chicago Artists Coalition
BOLT Residency
Chicago Urban Arts
DEFIBRILLATOR
Devening Projects + Editions
Document
Drawn Lots
Green Gallery
Happy Collaborationists
Harold Arts
High Concept Lab
The Hills
Hinge Gallery
Hungryman
Iceberg Projects
Itsa_pony
LVL3
Trevor Martin
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Abr Gallery
North Branch Projects
Nudashank
Old Seoul
Packer Schopf Gallery
Peanut Gallery
Pentagon
portage ARTspace
Reference
Reuben Kincaid
Roots & Culture
Sixty Inches From Center
Small Space
Spudnik Press
threewalls
Uncle Freddy’s Treats
Linda Warren
Western Exhibitions
What It Is
Propeller Fund grantees 2010

Publishers and other organizations:
Alternative Press Center
AREA Magazine
CHI_art
Golden Age
Green Lantern Press
Klein Art works
Make Magazine
Neoteric Art
Proximity, Lumpen, Materiél
Quimbys
Soberscove Press

 

 


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Call for Proposals

The MDW Fair, October 21-23rd, 2011  at the Geolofts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The MDW Fair invites proposals for its fall showcase at the Geolofts in Bridgeport. Formed in spring 2011 as a collaborative project between the Public Media Institute, Roots & Culture and threewalls. The MDW Fair was conceived as a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. The initial fair, which took place April 23 & 24th of 2011, drew large crowds and press from ArtSlant, The Chicago Tribune, Bad at Sports and more as Chicagoans gathered for a special focus on the visual arts in their county.

This fall, The MDW Fair presents an exposition of solo and duo exhibitions curated by small not-for-profits, artist-run spaces, emerging galleries, collectives and independent curators. For the Fall Showcase, MDW invites proposals from spaces across the United States. Groups are required to send 10 images of the artist or pair of artists they wish to focus on at the fair. Deadline is September 19th. Images should be sent as a zip file along with a short mission statement/bio about the presenters and 500 words about the artist(s) for exhibition. Successful applicants will be notified by early October with details. All booth spaces are 300 sq feet/$300.

In conjunction with The MDW Fair, threewalls & Alliance for Independent Arts Organizers will be hosting The Hand in Glove Conference on the first floor of the Geolofts. The Hand in Glove Conference is a new semiannual conference for independent visual arts facilitators working at the crossroads of creative administration and studio practice. This conference is open to people engaged in the pragmatic realities and imaginative possibilities of organizing exhibitions, re-granting programs, publications, residencies, public programs, platforms for projects, and a variety of other programming that challenges traditional formats for the production and reception of art at the grass-roots level.  The Conference takes place October 20-23rd and is open to registered participants only. MDW Fair exhibitors can register up to two conference goers for half-price ($50 pp). Visit http://www.three-walls.org/programs/conferences-symposiums/ for more information.

Submissions for the MDW Fair can be emailed to:  mdwfair@gmail.com
Questions about submissions can be submitted to Aron Gent at: arongent@arongent.com
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The first MDW Fair: visual arts landing in Chicago

CHICAGO: threewalls, Roots & Culture and Public Media Institute announce The MDW Fair, a gathering of independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. Held April 23-24, 2011 at The Geolofts, 3636 S. Iron Street, Chicago. The MDW Fair will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region.

The fair features for-profit, 501(c)3, and commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects and publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 8,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region’s most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike.

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