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Office Hours: Portfolio Review at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:45am to 12:00pm

Office Hours: Portfolio Review is an opportunity for artists to meet with curators from the HATCH Projects Residency at the 2017 Self Employment in the Arts Conference.

One-on-one portfolio reviews last 25 minutes and provide a platform to discuss a range of issues of interest to working artists, including:

  • Feedback on artwork
  • Preparing for exhibitions
  • Pursuing professional opportunities
  • And more!

Learning Objectives

  • Insightful, professional perspective on creative portfolio.
  • How to research opportunities and assess their applicability to one’s aspirations.
  • Logistics of the review process and preparation for studio visits and/or exhibitions.

HATCH Curators

Kate Pollasch is an art historian, curator, and writer. Her curatorial practice interrogates preexisting notions of history and normativity through queer tactics, network theory, archival studies, and considerations of affect and digital pedagogy. In 2012, she curated the exhibition “Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story” of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown’s artistic relationship to HIV, sexuality, mortality, and Chicago’s gay leather community. The exhibition unearthed previously censored artworks and archival materials from Brown’s career and resulted in Brown’s induction into the Visual AIDS Artist Registry. 

Pollasch holds a MA in Modern art History and Theory and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. Kate is the Director of Collections and Curation at the University Club of Chicago and she has held positions with The American Visionary Art Museum, The Art institute of Chicago, the Roger Brown House Museum, Sullivan Galleries, and most recently Rhona Hoffman Gallery. She has lectured at The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The University of Chicago and is a contributing writer for New City, The Seen, and Elite Daily.

La Keisha Leek is the Exhibitions and Community Programs Manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago. She was a 2014-2015 Chicago Artists Coalition Curatorial Resident, 2016 Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow; 2016 participant of Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal; and 2016-2017 Arts + Public Life Curatorial Collective Resident with Sadie Woods. As an independent collaborator and exhibition-maker, select projects include: Artistic Producer for the 4th Annual Chicago Home Theater Festival, which invites strangers into each other’s homes to share intimate meals, experience transformative art, and provide platforms for artistic exchange within neighborhoods that have experienced systemic disinvestment (Spring 2016); The Petty Biennial, a multidisciplinary exhibition - co-curated with Sadie Woods - lending itself to the reciprocity and conflict between regional and global conversations around place, identity, and socio-political movements through artistic production (Spring 2017).

Self Employment in the Arts

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) is a program geared toward helping emerging visual, performing, literary, and media artists gain the resources and connections they need to be successful self-employed artists.​ The Annual Conference includes keynote presentations, artist-led sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, round table discussions, and workshops. There are also performances, a juried college art competition, improved idea pitch competition for artists, and late night activity rooms.  For educators, there are also sessions and opportunities to share best practices.


Hilton Hotel - Lisle, IL (Chicago suburb)

3003 Corporate W Drive


PLEASE NOTE! Office Hours: Portfolio Review at SEA is produced in conjunction with the Self Employment in the Arts Annual Conference. In order to reserve an appointment with a HATCH Curator, you must also register for the SEA conference. One- and two-day passes are available at discounted rates until February 1, 2017. For additional details, visit the SEA site at


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Photo: Jessica Pierotti