PinTastic Success!!

It was such a good time being a resident artist for the Smart Museum Family Day event, so good that I made a video about it to share with yall here, on my YouTube channel and my Facebook page.
Parents and Folks with Kids! Check out Family Days at the Smart Museum of Art it's a good way to hang out with your family, get some culture and make something amazing!

I stole some images from both my own and my friend Eriks' Instagram from the day. It was really fun!

Pin Tastic Projects at the Smart Museum

I was invited by the Smart Museum to be an artist in residence for their Family Day event series, and of course, I excitedly replied yes!

I've been making these buttons and pins with my Graham Cracker Pin Co. project and #NewGlobalMatriatrchy so we settled on making pins and buttons for the next Family Day. 

So I'm pretty excited about this and would love for you and your family to join me, to make a button. The event is 100% free, so bring your family or yourself for an afternoon of fun.

Here are the details:
Saturday, Septemeber 9
1pm- 4pm

You can find additional details here:





SBE Board Meeting April 17th

Hey Yall! If you're around tonight I'm having a board meeting for my project

The Selected Black Experience Council

. I would love to see you there!

April 12-18th , 2017

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2912 N Milwaukee Ave (Storefront) 

Chicago, IL 60618

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The Selected Black Experience Council (SBE) is an exclusive organization invested in giving non-blackallies the opportunity to engage in black culture.

SBE Board Meeting

Monday, April 17, 7:15pm

The SBE Board will be meeting on Monday, April 17th to discuss the final criteria on how to award a non-black ally access to the Black race.

This is a big item on our agenda, so we ask that all board members attend.

If you think you have valuable input on whom should or should not be given a black pass we need your attendance is mandatory.

Come in ready to roll up your sleeves for an engaging discussion.

Who, How, Why do you allow a pass? Please come willing to discuss.

 

In addition to finalizing these criteria we also will be putting the finishing touches on this year's leadership breakfast!

Pins, Photos and Videos... my Conversation w/Lezley Davidson

I was recently interviewed by Artist and Artist consultant Lezley Davidson .I was really excited when Lezley asked to speak with me because when I was really starting to zero in and focus on my art Lezley's podcast was one of the first podcasts centered around art that I began listening to me this was a big deal!

In this interview, Lezley and I discuss art (of course!) politics and my new project around Pelle Pelle jackets! It's just a little over an hour so open a new tab on your computer and zone out while you get some work done.

Becoming Great

So I realized that I never got a chance to share with you the work I created for an exhibition I participated in a little bit ago. Yikes! My bad... I can't believe I didn't tell you! Are we not homies?!

Anyway, the show was called 

"In Bringing Forth"

  and it was curated by

Jen Tremblay

at the Hyde Park Art Center.  The exhibition was 

about artists taking a step back from their everyday studio practice to create new artwork that serves as visual metaphors for the routine of art-making.

Since my medium is predominately photo and video, I created a rockumentary video piece I titled "Becoming Great" showing my art practice as I prepare for an exhibition with

Terrain Exhibition

s and the

Chicago Artist Coalition

.

I'm not going to lie, I sort of felt a little silly and narcissistic creating this work, but hey if performative film and photo works that feature me is a part of my practice well then...that's the work.

If you are

interested

 check the video out here: 

Installation View of "Becoming Great" at Hyde Park Art Center

You will have to let me know what you think of this work, to me the work did work to be a marketing piece for myself, showing a behind the scenes life of an artist.. well at least my art you know. You might think of creating an about video of your own work. I think that would be cool, and if you need help. Holler at your girl!

Until next time, thanks for reading.

Steph

Millennial Movie Night A Success

Hey yall!You might have remembered seeing my posts via social media and my blog here seeking submissions for Millennial Movie Night, a film program I curated in collaboration with the awesome people of Collected Voices and OpenTVThe point of Millennial Movie Night was to showcase films by... you guessed it Millennials! At first I had this idea to showcase the films of young filmmakers in the LGBTQ community but wasn't getting the amount of submissions I hoped for so I expanded to Millennials of all identities.

So boom, submission called, juried entries, sent out acceptance letter, planned the evening and here we are...Millennial Movie Night!

We presented films by:
Luis Mejico
Lukas Gondek
Hanna M. Owens
Layne Marie Williams
Free Spirit Media

and my dear friend and fellow artist Nathan Wright allowed me to use to video vignettes as intro transitions between my films.  Thanks Nathan!

I was very excited to screen these films, they were all well done and it I was inspired and excited to see what was next for these filmmakers. There are some really creative people in this world yall! The talent was energizing. Concluding the screen we even had a nice dialogue with some of the filmmakers and audience members! It was a great night.

The evening even received some press which was really rad and you can read about it here.

Now for some pictures:



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On another note, I'm really getting into film programming, its a real treat and blessing to give other filmmakers and creatives platforms to showcase their work, because as you know.. its hard yall LOL! Anyhoo  Millennial Movie Night rocked!Until the next event...Thanks for reading!! 

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FREE Screening of The Black Kid Table Tomorrow!



Welcome to Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! 
If you are around tomorrow evening my film The Black Kid Table will be screening along with five other short films that played during The Black Harvest film festival last fall.

The program begins at 5pm at Douglass Library on 3353 W. 13th street.

The screening is free, and refreshments will be served.

More details can be found here
I hope to see you.


Stephanie

Art Forms in Flux



Art Forms in Flux
Saturday, April 16, 2016
7pm-10pm

Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N. Milwaukee
Chicago IL 60618

Claire Ashley, Jovanka Azyadet, Ilena Ferrer & Michelle Prevost, Sarah Goldberg & Alexander Mauney, Stephanie Graham, Kelly Lloyd, Ryan Thompson, Galina Shevchenko, and Hillary Wiedemann

Two Lights Theatre Company and Hairpin Arts Center are pleased to announce Art Forms in Flux. Inspired by the script for their upcoming production of State Park, by Chicago playwright Aaron Weissman, this unique program invites seventeen artists (aka Fluxists) to be in residence at Hairpin Arts Center for two weeks as they develop original work in response to the text. Art Forms in Flux is curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo, produced by Daniel Dvorkin and Matthew Olson, and is funded by a collaborative project grant given to Two Lights Theatre Company and the Logan Square Chamber of Arts/Hairpin Arts Center from The Chicago Community Trust.
 *Individual tickets will be available at the door for $10 or by visiting twolightstheatre.com. Series tickets will be available, including admission to the full-production of State Park to be produced in the fall of 2016.

Amanda Roscoe Mayo is a Curator of Contemporary Culture working independently in Chicago. She is the founder and Co-Director of Studio 3325 an artist-in-residence program in Logan Square and art critic for SFAQ. In addition to the visual arts Mayo is a Production Director for Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) and music journalist at Consequence of Sound.