I gathered from somewhere (I assume from a Bad At Sports podcast) that major US cities hold different elements of the US artworld. New York is where the money’s at. Gallerists and Collectors go there. Los Angeles is where the art is being made. Artists are heading there. Chicago gets the shows. Curators go there. So that’s East Coast, West Coast and Great Lakes/Midwest. Houston’s the next largest city. But for some reason, I don’t think people can break it down past the “Texas scene”. A sentiment others have also expressed. So let’s say Texas should represent the South/Gulf Coast. You followin’ me?
What does Texas have to offer? I say space. Affordable space for studios, natural space for environmental retreats, professional space to build careers… like residencies. Residencies are important and if each mid to major Texas city had a program in place that would easily be our thing. Along this line of thinking, I became excited to learn ’bout Camp Nohegan last year. There are great professional residencies like Artpace in San Antonio, CORE in Houston, even testsite in Austin, but Nohegan presents a more casual environment to create. To create work and friendships. Networking for artists. Its gonna be hawt! Aug 16 – 20, 2007 at McKinney Falls State Park.
This year I’m announcing the ‘Bout What I Sees: Going To Nohegan Fellowship Awards. In the interest of starting discussion and strengthening our networks, I have reserved four beds for artists coming into Austin from elsewhere. Equal opportunity, minorities welcome, so mas bien que vengan las chicas. First come first serve, but lets see how far from Austin I can get you to come traveling.
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I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.