From the Directors: What We’re Doing

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Over the past few months, we three Make Space Co-Directors have been meeting (both virtually and in person) and discussing new steps and future goals for Make Space. As a result, we’ve made some changes to our structure and content — you may have noticed our new web layout, designed by Lynnette Miranda. We’ve also been collectively revamping our Mission to clarify our intention as an organization and better communicate it to our audiences. Coming up in the near future, we are implementing a new system of organization for features and posts to bring more consistent and exciting content to you and we’ve been researching and contacting new artists to feature on the site!

 

We are currently in the process of finishing up a zine project and we hope to be able to release the zines to print by next month. We have also been invited to be members of the ACRE curatorial board for 2014. Over the summer, we got to spend four days visiting ACRE and meeting some of this year’s residents. You can check out images and an awesome sound compilation that Jason made here. Starting in January, we will be working with some of these artists to curate duo and small group shows in Chicago.

One new feature we are excited to implement is a monthly post from us as the Co-Directors. We are all working artists with varying practices beyond what we do for Make Space. We want to be able to better connect with you, our audience base, and give you a little insight into our own practices. This may include reading lists, playlists, or snapshots of our studios. All three of us have had a lot of changes in our lives in the past few months and I’d like to start the first iteration of this recurring post by letting you know what we’re doing.

LYNNETTE MIRANDA is in her second year of graduate school at New York University studying Visual Arts Administration. Over the summer, she took two classes at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, MI and interned at Creative Time and Art in General. She now has an internship in the Curatorial Department of the Whitney Museum and is working as an educator at the MoMA. She was recently included in an exhibition curated by Aimee Lusty and Kate Wadkins, Brass in Pocket, at Booklyn Artist Alliance in Brooklyn, New York.

Experimental Embroidery Workshop at Booklyn, led by Lynnette, organized by Aimee and Kate
Experimental Embroidery Workshop at Booklyn, led by Lynnette, organized by Aimee and Kate
New position at Rockford Art Museum

JASON JUDD got married! And graduated with his MFA from Northern Illinois University. He has just started his new position as Registrar at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL where he now lives. Along with balancing Make-Space and his new job, Jason is working on his third issue of Bite Magazine as the Art Editor. Concerning his own studio practice, he recently had a solo exhibition at Open Gallery in Nashville, TN and will be showing in winding on and through the lands in February at University Galleries.

Installing an exhibition in Nashville with #wifey Iga Puchalska
Installing “Adjustments: One Through Five” in Nashville with #wifey Iga Puchalska
Haystack weaving class

ETTA SANDRY finished up her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a class at Ox-Bow this summer (she and Lynnette were there at the same time, they were roommates, it was awesome). In August, she spent two weeks in Deer Isle, ME as a Technical Assistant for a weaving class at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Now back in Chicago, she is juggling jobs as a Studio Assistant at the Chicago Weaving School, fiber tech/weaving instructor at Envision Unlimted, an Assistant Teaching Artist at Marwen where she will lead teach a new course this winter, and an Artist Guide at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She is also a member of a puppeteer collaborative called Pup House.

Puphouse performing Saltwater Weather by Sara Drake (photo credit Aaron Wilson)

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