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Midwest Jewish Artists Lab Application Deadline
Midwest Jewish Artists Lab Application DeadlineMonday, August 1, 2016
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is now accepting applications for the second Chicago cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, generously supported by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.
Call for Artists
The 2017 cohort has been filled with applicants who submitted their materials by the priority consideration deadline. While we are still accepting applications through September 1, any applications received at this point will be considered for future cohorts.
- The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab is open to Jewish artists who live and work in the Greater Chicago area.
- Artists may work in any medium.
- Artists must submit a personal statement and several samples of their work.
- If selected, artists must pay a $180 participation fee.
- It is required that participating artists attend monthly sessions, which will be held at Spertus Institute, October 2016 through June 2017. These sessions will be scheduled in consultation with participants.
- If selected, artists must agree to independently create a work or series of works that reflect the theme selected for 2017, and to have the resulting work shown at Spertus Institute in the concluding exhibit. Studio space is not provided.
The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab addresses the need to broaden the impact of the arts in Jewish life, helping foster meaning, community, identity, and spirituality. For the participating artists, the project will provide a community of creativity, support, and enrichment.
At Spertus Institute, we believe that arts and culture are critical to a vibrant Jewish community. So we are proud to serve as the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab site in Chicago, adding this initiative to our mix of Jewish arts and cultural offerings.
Piloted at a trio of locations — the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin Hillel in Madison, and the Sabes Jewish Community Center in Minneapolis — the Midwest Jewish Artist Lab was expanded last year to include Spertus Institute in Chicago and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.
In Chicago, the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab program will select a cohort of ten to twelve artists. Monthly meetings — facilitated by Spertus Institute faculty and outside experts — will include opportunities for Jewish text study, discussions of topics and themes relating to Jewish art, and occasions for critical evaluation of participants' work. Art and artifacts from Spertus Institute's world-class collection will provide examples for discussion and inspiration.