This group exhibition brings together multidisciplinary work by artists associated with Bridge Work, the Midwestern-based arts initiative. A collaborative endeavor initiated by Jason Yi and Leah Kolb of Plum Blossom Initiative (Wisconsin), Mat Greiner of Chicken Tractor (Iowa), Launa Bacon of Darger HQ (Nebraska), Bridge Work was established to provide opportunities for emerging artists to broaden the scope of their professional connections and experiences. With current chapters in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska, this multi-state project also endeavors to forge a more interconnected arts community throughout the region by facilitating meaningful artistic exchanges and dialogs among artists and art-centered organizations and professionals.
Bridge Work’s annual exhibition series aims to generate the public exposure necessary for up-and-coming artists to successfully network and establish beneficial relationships within the larger contemporary art world. The eight artists invited to participate in this project express the energy, commitment, and willingness to benefit from the resources and guidance provided by each region’s facilitators. The resulting group exhibition addresses a range of contemporary concerns, both social and artistic—from the multilayered complexities of Blackness in America to the imperfections and awkwardness of the art industry.