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KICKSTARTER, INDIEGOGO: A SOURCE FOR FINE ART
Can a Curator Crowdfund a Crowdsourced Exhibition of Crowdfunding Rewards?
Baltimore, MD – “Mining the Crowd” plans to launch its 30-day make-or-break fundraising campaign on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 as the sole financial source for a Kickstarter & Indiegogo based art exhibition. Fiscal sponsorship for this project will be provided by Maryland Art Place (MAP), allowing donations to the crowdfunding campaign to be partially tax deductible. The culminating exhibition is scheduled for early 2015 at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).
Since its inception, Kickstarter reports that its patrons have pledged more than $300 million to successful visual and performing arts projects. Artists, tired of stagnation as they wait for grants and gallery representation, have turned to crowdfunding as a means to finance their artistic endeavors and supplement traditional funding. In doing so, these creatives have built a community of supporters who are rewarded with tangible “perks” and unique experiences.
“Mining the Crowd”, a crowdfunded and crowdsourced project and exhibition, will present materials from artists actively engaged on websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. By building a community of supporters, the curatorial team - Steven H Silberg, Nia Burks, Peter Hayes, Nate Larson, & Erin Zerbe, will explore the crowdfunding model and all of its pitfalls as a means to create an exhibition. This 15-month project will intentionally receive no direct financial support from the host gallery thereby relying entirely on crowdfunding.
Through this project, social media, and the exhibition, the curatorial team aims to educate artists and facilitate critical discourse about the challenges to financially supporting one’s artistic practice. Once completed in early 2015, the exhibition and additional programming will be presented at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries located in the Graduate Studio Center in Baltimore’s Station North Arts District. All members of the curatorial team have a direct connection to MICA - Silberg (MFA 2004), Burks (MA 2006), Hayes (MFA 2005), Larson (MICA Photography Faculty), and Erin Zerbe (MFA 2011).
Steven H Silberg is artist and emerging curator whose practice is based in exploring and presenting processes and pedagogy. Living and working in Catonsville, MD, his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues ranging from Baltimore’s ArtScape and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts to Orange Coast College in?California and the Third Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition and? Symposium. Silberg was selected as the Winner of the Washington Post's 2010 Real Art DC competition and selected as a 2012 Semi-Finalist for the Bethesda Trawick Prize.
Nia Burks is a new media artist who investigates digital sincerity, alienation, and human-computer interaction. Her work is created by appropriating content from YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and other UGC sites, editing said content into works that shift the intent of the original intention, thus calling into question the potential for a new viewer role. Nia's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably, Art Basel Miami PooL Art Fair, Berlin Art Week, Das Weekend Transmediale, Loop Art Fair Barcelona, and Rhizome at the New Museum. She currently has gallery representation at Art Claims Impulse Gallery in Berlin. Burks received her BFA in Sculpture from VCU, her MA in Digital Arts from MICA and her MFA in Photo/Film from VCU.
Peter Hayes is an independent curator, artist, and advocate for the arts. Currently, he works in silicon valley, curates an online art gallery (pivotartgallery.com) and lives in Oakland, CA. He is deeply interested in the history of art (photography specifically) and how it relates to the history of our culture as a whole.
Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired Magazine, The Picture Show from NPR, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Vice Magazine, the New York Times, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Cleveland Institute of Arts, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. He holds a full-time academic appointment in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and will chair the 2014 national conference of the Society for Photographic Education.
Erin Zerbe is a multimedia artist working in video, photography, performance, and new media. Her work specializes in human interactions and relationships with the body, tackling issues of body image, gender, and cultural perceptions of fatness. Zerbe’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally alongside artists such as Yoko Ono and Paul Caponigro. Her exhibition record includes a variety of notable venues such as the Dublin Biennial 2012, Cutting Edge: Master’s of Contemporary Art exhibition in Florence, Italy, Gallery 175 in Seoul, South Korea, Biennale de Palermo, School 33 Art Center, and the (e)merge Art Fair 2012 in Washington DC. Zerbe received her BFA in Kinetic Imaging from VCU in 2006 and her MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from MICA in 2011. Currently Zerbe holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Art at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI where she is in charge of the Photography and Digital Media concentration.
Maryland Art Place (MAP) inspires, supports, and encourages artistic expression through innovative programming, exhibitions, and educational opportunities while recognizing the powerful impact art can have on our community. MAP creates a dynamic environment for artists of our time to engage the public by nurturing and promoting new ideas. MAP has served as a critical resource for contemporary art in the Mid-Atlantic since 1981. www.mdartplace.org
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.
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For more information about “Mining the Crowd” or to arrange interviews with any of the curators, please contact Steven H Silberg at 410-608-3630 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about this project, including a link to the crowdfunding campaign can be found at miningthecrowd.org