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MAKER Grant

2016 MAKER Grant

LEFT: Damon Locks, Manifest Justice, Digital Print // RIGHT: Maggie Puckett & Melissa Potter, Seeds InService, A Man Can Catch You, Menu from Food, Sex & Death in The Papermaker’s Garden, 2016;  Front: Letterpress on handmade potato vine paper,   Back: Inkjet on handmade potato vine paper  5 x 7 inches
LEFT: Damon Locks, Manifest Justice, Digital Print // RIGHT: Maggie Puckett & Melissa Potter, Seeds InService, A Man Can Catch You, Menu from Food, Sex & Death in The Papermaker’s Garden, 2016; Front: Letterpress on handmade potato vine paper, Back: Inkjet on handmade potato vine paper 5 x 7 inches
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 to Thursday, April 14, 2016

CAC and OtherPeoplesPixels are enthusiastic to announce the recipients of the 2016 MAKER Grant, an award opportunity for two Chicago-based contemporary visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to a socially conscious, progressive, and sustainable artistic practice and career development. 

2016 Jury
Lisa Yun Lee, director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Latham Zearfoss, artist and cultural producer of Chances Dances
Rebecca Zorach, art historian and faculty in the department of art history at Northwestern University

This grant is funded in part by a portion of proceeds from the Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual Starving Artist fundraiser and a matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels.

Damon Locks is a Chicago-based visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in Fine Arts. Recently, he has been lending his artistic and/or teaching talents to organizations such as Prisons and Neighborhood Arts Project, Art Reach, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The voices, the places, the stories, and the human exchange help connect his work to the experiences of others, thus making the work stronger. He is a recent recipient of the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Achievement Award in the Arts. He also just completed a music residency at The New Quorum in New Orleans. With the aesthetics of a printmaker, he calls upon the medium that suits the situation best whether it be screen/relief/risograph/digital print, photography, ink, pencil, voice, drum machine, sampler, or turntables. Regardless of the medium, the goal is to reach out and connect. 

Seeds InService. Ecofeminist paper activism by Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett combining feminist and ecological concerns.

Melissa Potter is a multi-media artist who exhibits internationally. She has been funded by organizations such as Fulbright, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Crafts Research Fund for her art projects in the former Yugoslavia, and the exhibition, Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Book & Paper Program at Columbia College Chicago. Her critical essays on art have been printed in magazines including BOMB, Art Papers, and Flash Art.

Maggie Puckett’s work is interdisciplinary, combining art and science to explore the complicated history and future of anthropogenic effects on the Earth’s systems. Through handmade paper, artist’s books, and environmental works my practice navigates our planet from atmosphere to core, examining ecological history and visualizing predictions of future global change. The work has engaged audiences at venues including Co-Prosperity Sphere, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Version Fest.


The 2016 MAKER Grant recipients will be recognized at the Chicago Artists Coalition's annual benefit, Starving Artist, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Venue One.