Artist-in-Residence Fund

Residency Details:

During the  first month of residence. I curated an Exhibition featuring 13 local Black Artist called Forceful Perceptions. The exhibition was well received the last two months in the Greater Columbus Community. The work for this exhibition brings together local Black artist who were given the theme “How do we view acts of violence in the black community?” to reflect on, and create work. What followed was a series of amazing work that made a powerful statement. 

I am in the second month of a four-month residency for emerging artist of color within the Columbus, OH area. I have a studio space on site at the King Art Complex in order to produce work for a solo exhibition #ILUVMYBLACK that will take place in March. While on site, I've taken part in community education efforts, giving talks/workshops to surrounding schools, community groups, rehabilation programs, colleges, and community centers in the area . At the end of the residency, a Solo Exhibition will feature work developed by myself. The show will run for a short time and work will be available for the KAC to purchase and add to their permanent collection.

I have also taken on curatorial duties developing a group exhibition featuring other emerging artist in the area. I am scouting the local arts scene for artist, choosing artist to show in the gallery, and present them to the Head Curator for approval. The exhibitions during residence are curated by myself, and overseen by the Head Curator of the King Arts Complex. Since in residence I have had six programs that have used the art as an educational caveat, including a panel discussion Featuring the City Attorney and Chief of Police. 

** Funds are needed for supplies, the creation of work, and supply budget for workshops, gallery art handling expenses, and programming expenses.

Number of Studios Provided
One Classroom

Upcoming Programming:

o Painting Workshops
o Drawing Workshops
o Educational Workshops
o Community Public Art Projects

• Exhibitions:
o Group  Exhibition: Brave, An Exhibition on Human Trafficking Awarenes

o Solo Exhibition: I Luv my Black

* If executed, this residency will be the only Artist in Residence program that cultivates emerging artist of color within the Columbus, Ohio area. It also creates a creative hub for emerging artist and cultivates their careers as visual artist, and gives them real world curatorial experience that will help build their experience and allow them to take on more arts administrative, or educational roles in their future.

To connect with David Butler:

@sketchbutler on IG and Twitter
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