Archive: Free Radical – The Conversations

Free Radical The Conversations will be held on Friday, November 14th at the Artprize main hub!

This second night of the Free Radical will focus on building a dialogue with an emphasis on commentary and critique in a way that stimulates interaction between visitors, artists, curators, and the creative community at large. The evening will be an interactive event featuring panel discussions, presentations, and displays of documenter works. We will look at a variety of themes that surround the event that will take place on the 7th.

Our themes and speakers are as follows!
6pm
A Public Critique: Part 1
Arts professionals from around Grand Rapids attend Free Radical on First Fridays and craft a response to the work, exhibitions, and experiences. During this conversation professionals will critique and discuss selected works and shows in 10 minute time blocks.

Welcoming Presenters:
Rich App- Richard App Gallery
Brett Colley – Professor, Grand Valley State University

6:30pm
Supporting All Forms of Creation:
How do we, as an arts community, sustain all types of artistic processes? From installation, traditional, performance and beyond, how do we support a variety of makers and artists in our community? Panelists will address the resources helping to empower creative communities, as well as, opportunities for future growth.

Moderator:
Taylor Greenfield- Instructor, Kendall College of Art and Design

Welcoming Panelists:
Kelly Allen – Director, Wisemakers
George Eberhardt- Artist, Instructor, WMCAT
Audria Larson- Performer, Atomic Hoop Troupe & Super Happy Funtime Burlesque
Tom Clinton- Executive Director, Community Media Center

7:30pm
A Public Critique: Part 2

Welcoming Presenters:
Anthony Mead- Artist, Dinderbeck Studio
Ben Mitchell- Duende Projects, Independent Curator and Writer

8pm
Pushing Boundaries:
How are Grand Rapids artists pushing the limits of art and their personal practice? How does Grand Rapids connect to the national arts based dialogue? As creative professionals and artists, what opportunities can be leveraged to expand awareness, sales OR build new opportunities for making work that furthers creative expression locally?

Moderator:
Chris Protas- Director, Fire Barn Gallery

Welcoming Panelists:
Tori Pelz – Executive Director, Culture Works
Derrick Hollowell- Artist
Brandon Alman – Preparator, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art
Salvador Jimenez- Community Arts Advocate, Kendall College of Art and Design
Ladislav Hanka- Artist

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