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Amy J Kligman


at The Residential Gallery

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Amy J Kligman


at The Residential Gallery

 
 

Not Really a Sign Girl, But Geez
Amy J Kligman
March 30, 7pm at The Residential Gallery

Amy Kligman of Kansas City brings stacks and stacks of marker drawings of protest signs.

All drawings are $25 and 100% of sales go to the ACLU.


Amy is a painter/maker and artist-curator in Kansas City, MO. She is an alumni of New American Paintings. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitons across the country, in Cleveland, LA, San Diego, Seattle, Detroit, Miami, Portland, Austin, New York, and Kansas City. Previously a founder of Plug Projects, an artist-run exhibiton space in the West Bottoms of KCMO, Amy is now the director of Charlotte Street Foundation.

 
 
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Microgrant Dinner 2017


Microgrant Dinner 2017


Watch here and on Facebook for updates on the 2017 Microgrant Dinner, coming soon! Pay close attention, because tickets sell out in a hot minute.

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About


Seriously, what's with the name?

About


Seriously, what's with the name?

What is Chicken Tractor?

Chicken Tractor is an artist centric nonprofit organization located in Des Moines, Iowa. We are committed to enriching the visual arts ecosystem of our city by creating professional development opportunities for artists. Through free educational programming, art field trips, micro grants, a noncommercial gallery and, eventually, an artist residency program, we believe that we can help artists create better opportunities for their art and their careers. And that is good for everyone! 

Why is it called Chicken Tractor?

Chicken tractors are mobile chicken coops that urban farmers use to let their chickens range safely. Even the most difficult land will become verdant if the chickens are allowed to be chickens on it. Put your coop down on a terrible spot of your yard and a few months later your land will be fertile and rich.

Artists are, in many ways, just like those chickens. Over and over again, artists have gone into the cheapest, least glamorous parts of their cities out of necessity, created studios and communities and brought energy and desirability to the neighborhood. Unfortunately, when the neighborhood becomes hip, the artists are frequently priced out. Chicken Tractor would like to turn this predisposition into something positive for the artists and their city. Metaphorically, we plop down on a section of the arts ecosystem of Des Moines that is a bit sparse and make it rich.

PROGRAMMING

Our programming offers greater access to the broader context of contemporary art.  Six or so professional development workshops per year range from "How to Write an Artist Statement that Doesn't Suck," to a mock grant panel review with the Iowa Arts Council. Exhibitions work with artists from across the country to offer Central Iowa exposure to work that is happening all around us. They also offers local artists a chance to be inspired and grow their networks into neighboring markets. Roadtrips organize an easy way to spend time with new friends and artists and see the art work in nearby communities. Behind the scenes programming is connecting arts professionals throughout the Midwest to elevate the arts across our region, and to heighten awareness of the role Central Iowa can play. Some programs, like Bridge Work, do all of these things simultaneously.

what is the long-term vision of chicken tractor?

As a young nonprofit, we are focused on providing opportunities for artists that take more elbow grease than capital. We coordinate carpool trips to museum shows that are within driving distance of Des Moines, bring in speakers like the Iowa Arts Council to present about applying for grants, and run pop-up art shows for emerging and mid-career artists who aren't represented by a local gallery. We are building towards our goals of having a dedicated gallery space which can also host our educational programs and an artist residency program that will bring in 2-3 artists at a time from out-of-state and put them in studios that are embedded within a larger, local artist studio structure. This is an ambitious goal for us, but we are passionate about it. We feel that one of the most important links that is missing from the Iowa art scene, one of the things that is holding a lot of artists back, is a greater dialog with other artists and institutions outside of the state. It's a warm, welcoming place to live, but its isolation from the larger art world has a cooling effect on artists' practice and careers. We want our locals to have the opportunity to forge real relationships with artists from outside the community in the hopes that some of those relationships will not only be fruitful for the artist-in-residence but for the resident artists. 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Operational expenses are now very generously supported by Bravo Greater Des Moines. Financial support for Bridge Work comes from a Field Grant  from the great folk at Common Field. The 2017 Microgrant Dinner is underwritten entirely by the Des Moines Arts Festival.