Gallery Openings and Events

Transformer Presents Locally Sourced at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Amy Hughes Braden, Anna Leaves, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Transformer.

Amy Hughes Braden, Anna Leaves, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and Transformer.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24 from 6pm to 9pm

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Locally Sourced provides an in-depth look at the extensive collections of six regionally focused CSA (Community Supported Art) and Flat File programs that seek to grow recognition and support for artists in their communities. Much like Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive a monthly payout of fruits and vegetables, the CSA programs in Locally Sourced support artists in their communities by connecting shareholders directly to the artists. The featured Flat File programs in Locally Sourced also seek audiences to invest directly in the arts community with a ‘buy local’ mentality, developing evolving collections of prints and other works on paper that highlight artists in their regions. Locally Sourced features over 200 works and multiples in a variety of mediums, including drawing, painting, hand silk-screens, digital prints, photography, collage, sculpture, video, and more.

Locally Sourced highlights works from: Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC).

Artist Curated Projects (ACP) is an artist run project in Los Angeles, CA, founded in 2010 by artists Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael, organized to empower emerging and mid career artists. www.artistcuratedprojects.com

Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design is a subscription service for art and design produced by emerging artists and designers. Following the model of Community Supported Agriculture, in which shareholders invest in a farm and receive a monthly share of fruits and vegetables, Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design connects shareholders directly to the artists and designers. The Brooklyn CSA+D offers access to reasonably priced contemporary art and design works produced by artists and designers in order to strengthen and support the efforts of emerging artists by fostering relationships between them and the community. Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design is proud to become part of a national movement to provide a new marketplace for up-and-coming artists and to make contemporary art accessible and affordable. Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design is a non-profit organization. www.csa-d.org

Cannonball is a non-profit, 501(c)3, arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice. Based in downtown Miami, Florida, Cannonball’s artist-centric values are mirrored in its experimental programs, resources, and opportunities that respond to the needs of today’s artists and reflect our efforts to better understand the nuances and textures of South Florida. Locally Sourced presents new work from a cross-section of emerging Miami artists who have been involved with Cannonball through its five different programs. www.cannonballmiami.org

Pelican Bomb is dedicated to increasing New Orleans’ cultural capital and sustainability by cultivating multiple platforms for contemporary art discourse, engagement, and education. Through a range of public programs including publications, exhibitions, panels, and curatorial projects, Pelican Bomb seeks to make New Orleans a viable and supportive place for artists to live and work. Pelican Bomb’s Community Supported Art program works with emerging to mid-career artists from concept to completion to develop limited edition works that are made available to the public for $80. Through a series of meetings, professional development sessions, and studio visits with guest curators, each work is the culmination of a months-long process. www.pelicanbomb.com

Threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing Chicago’s cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, including symposiums, lectures, performances and publications, Three- walls creates a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities. CommunitySupported Art Chicago is a yearly art subscription service of locally produced art, produced by Threewalls. The program offers a reasonably priced way to support Chicago and regional artists and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return. Ranging from emerging to mid-career, participating artists have exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. CSA Chicago is an opportunity for collectors to access exclusive editions of their work at an affordable price. www.three-walls.org

For Locally Sourced, Threewalls’ also presents works by No Coast (Aay Preston-Myint and Alexander Valentine), a Chicago-based collaborative, print-focused venture, www.no-coast.org, and Ten X Ten, a collaboration between Chicago-based visual artists and musicians exploring visual and auditory interaction. www.tenxtenchicago.com

Note that the exhibition is located at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

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