Arts + Literature Laboratory is pleased to announce that shares for the inaugural season of CSArt Madison—southern Wisconsin’s first Community Supported Art program—are on sale now! Only 50 shares are available, so don't wait! A full share is $300, and you will receive one work of art by each of the ten artists. ALL Members receive a 10% member discount, so if you haven't already joined, this is a great opportunity to support our ongoing programs. Purchase your share now or stop by the gallery to purchase your share by check. Shares also make great gifts! Online payments include a $10 processing fee.
The 2017 CSArt Madison artists are: Faisal Abdu'Allah, Katharine DeLamater, John Hitchcock, Helen Lee, J. Myszka Lewis, Dakota Mace, Jason Ruhl, Chelsea Thompto, Bernadette Witzack, and Ariel Wood. Information about the artists is available by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.
Much like Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive shares of fruits and vegetables, CSArt Madison asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with a ‘buy local’ mentality. Participating artists—selected by the ALL Curatorial Board through an open call process—will each receive a stipend to create 60 “shares” for the program (50 for shareholders, 9 for the other participating artists, and 1 for ALL's permanent collection). Interested collectors or “shareholders” purchase a share, and in return, receive one piece of locally-produced artwork from each of the ten featured artists.
Shares cost $300 and will be available for purchase online or in the gallery. On July 29, 2017 shares will be distributed at a pick-up event and exhibition reception providing opportunities for artists and patrons to further connect. ALL will also organize studio visits to take place during May and June for artists to receive feedback and support from the Curatorial Board, and for the public to learn more about the artists. The schedule of studio visits is posted below. Participants are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 608.770.2052.
The goals of CSArt Madison are to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters. CSArt supports artists: in the creation of new work, to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution. CSArt shareholder benefits include multiple works of art from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value. Additionally, CSArt shareholders have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines and support artists’ careers and a vibrant community.
CSArt Madison is based on a national model of art support and distribution developed by Springboard for the Arts, which has been successfully implemented in over 40 cities across the country. ALL’s unique addition to the model includes an exhibition, where participating artists are given the opportunity to display larger-scale works (different from works in the CSArt shares) at ALL during a month-long exhibition from July 7 to July 29. The culminating pick-up event will coincide with a closing reception for the exhibition, providing an opportunity for the general public to view the work and meet the participating artists.
ARTIST STUDIO VISITS
Humanities (455 N Park St.)
John Hitchcock 1:00-1:30pm
Art Lofts (111 N Frances St.)
Dakota Mace 2:15-2:45pm
Chelsea Thompto 2:50-3:20pm
Helen Lee 3:25-3:55pm
Faisal Abdu'Allah 4:00-4:30pm
233 E Mifflin Street
J. Myszka Lewis 3:00-3:30pm
ALL (2021 Winnebago St.)
Katharine DeLamater 2:00 - 2:30pm
Ariel Wood 2:30 - 3:00pm
Bernadette Witzack 3:00 - 3:30pm
30 N 4th Street
Jason Ruhl 2:00-2:30pm
CSArt Madison is organized by the Arts + Literature Laboratory Curatorial Board. The project is supported in part by grants from Dane Arts and the Madison Arts Commission, with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.