Field News October 2018


ONE WEEK LEFT to Propose a Session for The 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Convening

All current Network members are eligible to apply.
Not a member? Join us.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59pm PST
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The Convening explores the values and practices of experimental artists' organizations working today and incorporates a variety of formats for intimate conversation, peer-to-peer exchange, and cross-pollination of participants.The Convening is a unique opportunity created by and for the field of artists' organizations that brings together 450+ organizers from across the country for a three-day program that includes conversations, panels, workshops, and artists’ projects selected from this Open Call for Proposals. Participation is funded with an honorarium and travel stipend – don’t miss this opportunity to connect with arts organizers, independent spaces, and artists from across the nation.

Lead support for the 2019 Philadelphia Common Field Convening has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Field Histories

For the second published essay, Doin’ It On Tape: Capturing Hidden Histories, artist, educator, and activist, Jerri Allen writes about her organization LA Women’s Video Center (LAWVC founded 1976) archiving The Woman’s Building programs and rescuing their video archive from the curb from a scheduled trash pickup. Read her story on our website.

Field Histories commissions texts to tell the stories behind the successful placement of artist organization archives in appropriate institutional contexts. We hope to encourage Common Field members to be aware of their archives’ value, and promote creative thinking in preservation of their materials. Read more online.

Network Focus: 600+ Members

One year ago, Common Field launched its current website as both an online home for the organization and a critical resource for artists’ organizations. The Network is comprised of 600+ members, including 390 organizations, 219 organizers and spanning across 41+ states. Explore the expansive Members Network online.

The Network section on the site is a hub for rich information about the independent visual arts field, showing the activity and expansiveness of artist-centred spaces and organizations across the United States. The map view visualizes and locates members, who each have a profile that describes their location, work type, structure, budget, team and geography. We invite you to dig in, explore and learn about the Network.

Welcome New Network Members

We’re thrilled to welcome 38 new Common Field Network members who have joined from the end of September to date. Learn more about them and the 600+ strong network online.

CA > San Francisco, Curatorial Research Bureau. San Jose, School of Arts and Culture at MHP
DC> District of Columbia, Arts Administrators of Color Network
IL> Chicago, Great Lakes Yard, Open Engagement. Oak Park, Project Fielding
MD> Baltimore, Lalena
MA> Boston, Midway Artists Studios
MI> Harbor Springs, Good Hart Artist Residency
NJ> New Brunswick, Office Space 2
NM> Albuquerque, Friends of the Orphan Signs
NY> New York, Artists Space, Medium Tings, Works on Water
OH> Cincinnati, Basketshop. Cleveland, SPACES
OR> Portland, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center
PA> Philadelphia, The Maas Building, The Philadelphia Student Union, the B(A)LM, Fleisher Art Memorial. Pittsburg, Brew House Association
VA> Richmond, Corner Office Space
WA> Seattle, Surface, Snag
WI> Milwaukee, Charles Allis Art Museum
INTL>London, UK, Tate Exchange

CA > Los Angeles, Sara Daleiden
FL> Miami, Najja Moon
IL> Chicago, Ashley Janke
MT> Bozeman, Alayna Rasile
NV> Reno, Sarah Lillegard
NY> New York, Lisa Dent
PA> Pittsburgh, Dawn Weleski. Lancaster, Natalie Lascek
WA> Seattle, Timothy Cross
WI> Milwaukee, Jenna Knapp
INTL> Toronto, CA, Sheila Sampath