Field News | December 2018

Your Common Field

The end of 2018 marks three years since Common Field opened our network and began an exercise in commoning a group of projects and people in which the “common” is a web of shared values, interests, practices, and approaches.

In late 2015, Common Field made the goal of representing this evolving field its starting point. There were few forums for connection, and no current shared language through which to express the scope, vision, and impact of this expansive field. It set out to reflect the artist-run spaces and projects that comprised the field, inventing its own ways of doing things as a network that embodied the particular values of its members. It remains nimble, experimental, risky, inventive, and responsive.

Together with it’s growing network, in 2018, Common Field organized four Meet-Upsin Detroit, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Seattle and Las Vegas. We published three Field Histories and awarded nine $1,000 Field Grants to groups in eight states. We collaboratively organized a summer series of four Field Conversations on the ground in Philadelphia. We launched a new network scholarship program. We penned an essay about our work for Terremoto and co-published and re-published toolkits and research in partnership with Machine Project and Common Practice NY.

Now nearly 700 members strong and growing, Common Field is impossible to imagine apart from the urgencies, possibilities, and complications of the present. With members in nearly every state—from rural to suburban to urban spaces—we recognize it is imperative to remain near these voices, evolving in response to the network’s needs and aspirations, and forming one of the most comprehensive view of independent, experimental, contemporary art organizations and their practices in the United States.

As we enter into 2019 and get ready to gather in April for our 2019 Philadelphia Convening, we are listening, we are asking questions and we are poised to collectively develop tactics and re-imagine futures.

Apply for a Scholarship to Attend the 2019 Philadelphia Convening!

Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019 11:59PM PST
Apply Online 

Common Field is committed to creating access for the field to participate in our annual Convening. We’re proud to offer 25 national scholarships, valued at $1,000 and includes a $125 members level ticket, plus $875 for travel and accommodations. The awarded scholarship aims to support arts organizers with the costs of travel and attendance to the April 25-28, 2019 . Award details, eligibility FAQ’s and application guidelines are online.

Support for the Convening Scholarship Program is generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Common Field Houston Meet-Up

Tuesday, January 22, 2019,
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Aurora Picture Show

Local Organizers: Art League Houston, Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, Galveston Arts Center, Project Row Houses

In January 2019, Common Field heads to Houston for a conversation, gathering and program for local artist-centered spaces, projects and organizers. The Houston Meet-Up aims to bring together arts organizers to discuss challenges, opportunities, and ideas relevant to their local context. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about how Common Field serves as a national resource to connect a broader field of artist-centric spaces and projects across the country.

Are you a Houston arts organizer? Find out more online and please join us!


Learn more and apply online.
Apply by Friday, January 25, 2019.

Common Field's inaugural call for nominations for its Board of Directors is now open! The Board is a group of peers in the field of arts organizing who govern Common Field and provide vision, strategy, and financial oversight. The Common Field board aspires to include a diverse group of members of our field, representing multiple geographies, races and cultures, types of arts organizing practices, experience in the field, and skills and knowledge.

Nominate yourself or a colleague to be considered for service beginning at our upcoming Convening in Philadelphia in April of 2019.

New Members Welcome

We’re thrilled to welcome 14 new Common Field Network members who have joined from the end of November to date. Learn more about them and the 675+ member network online.


CA> Geyserville, Full Moon. Richmond, NIAD Art Center.
MA> Baltimore, Institute for Expanded Research.
NE> Omaha, The Union for Contemporary Art.
NV> Las Vegas, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Galleries.
NY> Brooklyn, The Sunview Luncheonette.
PA> Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center, The Village of Arts and Humanities.
TX> Houston, Art League Houston.
WA> Seattle, The Vestibule.


IL> Chicago, Veronica Inberg.
ME> Portland, Ozlenen Ozbircerler.
NV> Las Vegas, Michael Fong, Mikayla Whitmore.
International> British Columbia> Vancouver, Denise Holland

Common Field needs your support to continue to develop, evolve and emerge as an essential resource for the artist-centered field. If our work is meaningful to you, please make a 100% tax-deductible donation online today! All donations make a difference.


Common Field is an organization where your collective power is made visible. The uncertainty, need for change and connection in this current moment make evident how uniquely positioned Common Field is to forge new imaginaries, examples and ideas. As a growing voice for the field, for artists, for the experimental, grass-roots and independent- we need your help!

Donate today! Thank you for being a part of Common Field.