CAC and OtherPeoplesPixels are proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Maker Grant, an award opportunity for two Chicago-based contemporary visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to a sustainable artistic practice and career development.
Candida Alvarez, professor and artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michael Darling, chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Claire Pentecost, Chicago-based artist and writer.
This grant is funded in part by a portion of proceeds from Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual Starving Artist fundraiser and a matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels.
This year's $3000 award was won by Mary Patten. Ms. Patten's $3,000 award will be used for travel and research for upcoming video productions. (Read an interview with Mary Patten on Chicago Artists Resource.) Ms. Patten is an interdisciplinary visual artist and video-maker whose work crosses and combines many media: video installation, digital media, photography, artists’ books, small sculptures, ephemera, found materials and sound. She is also an educator, writer, occasional curator, and political activist, and has led and participated in public, collaborative projects for the last 25 years. Her early formal training was in painting and drawing; and for the past fifteen years, she has been working primarily as an installation artist, mainly with video and video-based installation. Since 1993, Mary Patten has been on the faculty of the Film/Video/New Media Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This year's $600 award was won by David Leggett. Mr. Leggett plans to use his award for supplies. Mr. Leggett is a Chicago-based visual artist who works in painting, drawing, printmaking, bookmaking and installation. His works tackle many themes head-on; themes of hip-hop, art history, popular culture, sexuality, the racial divide, and the self re-occur often in his work. His work is heavily influenced by popular culture and both personal and cultural relationships. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown at Hyde Park Art Center along with many other galleries in Chicago, most recently at 65GRAND.