ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects. Every summer, ACRE hosts a residency in Steuben, Wisconsin, offering three two-week sessions for artists who are accepted into the program. As part of this offering, artists are given two-week group exhibitions at either ACRE Projects in Chicago (1913 W 17th St / Chicago, IL 60608) or one of the partner galleries.
I am proud to be on the first-ever ACRE Curatorial Board with Chicago-based emerging curators Anthony Stepler, Kate Bower and Pat Elfritz, and ACRE Directors Emily Green and Nicholas Wylie. I will curate 13 artists from the ACRE Residency into 4-5 group exhibitions, which will run May-June 2013. I will traveling to Steuben, Wisconsin, to do studio visits with some of the residents in mid-August. I’m pleased to be a part of the ACRE program, and to support emerging Chicago artists.