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MAKER Grant

2017 MAKER Grant

LEFT: Rhonda Wheatley, "Empath Protector," 2016, Vintage mannequin hand, wooden beads, natural fluorite crystal tetrahedrons, and acrylic paint // RIGHT: Rhonda Wheatley, "Subconscious Translator," 2016, Vintage headphones, beads, quartz crystals, plant roots, fossilized shark teeth, snake skin sheddings, collage, and acrylic paint
LEFT: Rhonda Wheatley, "Empath Protector," 2016, Vintage mannequin hand, wooden beads, natural fluorite crystal tetrahedrons, and acrylic paint // RIGHT: Rhonda Wheatley, "Subconscious Translator," 2016, Vintage headphones, beads, quartz crystals, plant roots, fossilized shark teeth, snake skin sheddings, collage, and acrylic paint
Friday, March 31, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017
May 18, 2017 - Award Ceremony at VIP reception for CAC's annual fundraiser WORK IN PROGRESS

CAC, OtherPeoplesPixels, and the Coney Family are enthusiastic to announce the recipients of the 2017 MAKER Grant, an award opportunity for three Chicago-based contemporary visual artists who demonstrate a commitment to a socially conscious, progressive, and sustainable artistic practice and career development.

2017 Jury
Faheem Majeed, Artist.
Brian Holmes, Artist and Writer.
Amanda Williams, Artist.

This grant is generously funded by the Coney Family and portion of proceeds from the Chicago Artists Coalition’s annual fundraiser, WORK IN PROGRESS, as well as a benevolent matching contribution from OtherPeoplesPixels.

MAKER Grant | Coney Family Fund Award - Rhonda Wheatley is a multidisciplinary artist whose sculptures, paintings, written works, and interactive performance projects are grounded in the speculative and metaphysical and explore healing, consciousness expansion, and transformation. She’s had solo exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center, David Weinberg Gallery, and FLATFILEgalleries and group shows at spaces such as Gallery 400, Glass Curtain Gallery, and The Franklin in Chicago, as well as Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles and G.R. N’Namdi Gallery in Detroit. As part of her art practice, Wheatley also leads wellness and personal development workshops and gives tarot card readings. Additionally, she teaches art and writing and practices several energy healing modalities. Wheatley earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in African American Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and an MA in Writing from DePaul University.

MAKER Grant | OtherPeoplesPixels Award - Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, Garcia went on to completed his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown in numerous national exhibitions and his artwork can found in the collections of The National Hispanic Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago. A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from murals, to sculptural installations, to his controversial political cartoon series El Machete Illustrated, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.

MAKER Grant | OtherPeoplesPixels Award - Balas & Wax is the ongoing collaborative art practice of Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz. Their work mines social histories, texts and archives—using poetry, ethnography, and multimedia production to create writing, installations, performances, and public works. Their work will be presented at EXPO Chicago, The Franklin, and the Hyde Park Art Center in 2017-18. They are currently creating work as part of Threewalls' Research and Development Lab program.