An afternoon of conversations at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, held in collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Organized by SIAC professors David Getsy and Michelle Grabner.

Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Time: 1 PM – 5 PM
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

1.00-2.15         Gordon Hall and Troy Michie on abstraction and the body                      
2.30-3.15         Emily Colucci and Alex Jovanovich on online art criticism
3.30-4.45         Sean Fader (EFA member) and Amber Hawk Swanson on contemporary portraiture


A Traveling Show: Poems about artists
Presented by: Deborah Elliot Deutschman & Jonathan Goodman
Date: Wednesday, March 15
Time: 6 PM
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

Join us for a reading where Deutschman and Goodman will read their poems about artists.

Joburg Fringe
Presented by: Howard Smith
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

EFA Studio Member, Howard Smith, will give a short presentation on the JOBURG FRINGE; an artist run, alternative art fair, held annually in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Smith participated in the fair this past September and feels it might be of interest to a number of you. The costs were extremely reasonable and there are potentially numerous benefits for participants. He will discuss the fair, show some photos, elaborate on other things of interest in Johannesburg and nearby, and answer questions.

Welcome Reception and Exhibition Opening: Rashwan Abdelbaki
Presented by:
Date: Wednesday, February 8
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Location: Metropolitan College of New York

Join us in the welcome reception and exhibition opening for an Artist Protection Fund Fellow, ArteEast Artist-in-Residence, and EFA Studio Member, Rashwan Abdelbaki!

Presented by: Grace Cho
Date: Wednesday, January 18
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

CEO Grace Cho will be at EFA, demonstrating how to use Orangenius, an online social networking and professional development platform for artists.

We invite you to attend a presentation to learn about Orangenius!
Headquartered in Chelsea, Orangenius was developed by artists for artists. 
We want to put the control back in the artist’s hands.   

Orangenius believes a creative life is a narrative. What is your story? What is the story behind the work? The old saying … it takes a village … Connect with contributors, collaborators, and others in the creative universe.



Presented by: Anne Croken & Javier Plasencia
Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

Join us for another practical skills workshop! This is a one-hour workshop on best practices for creating your own database for art inventory, sales & marketing, contact management, invoicing and accounts.



Presented by: Anne Croken & Lauren Bierly
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

This is a two-hour workshop on best practices for artwork image submissions (not video) for residencies, open call, membership, exhibition opportunities, studio applications, & grants.


Presented by: Scott Teplin
Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Time: 6 - 7pm
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

EFA Studio Member Artist Scott Teplin has found success in raising over $75,000 with two Kickstarter campaigns in one year.  He will advise on running a campaign as an artist and what he learned along the way.

Bring you questions and a note pad!

Date: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: 2nd Floor

Video: Watch the entire panel on our website, HERE

Moderator: Amei Wallach, Art critic, Journalist, Author, Filmmaker

Sandford Hirsch, Executive Director, Gottlieb Foundation
Sharon Louden, Artist, Educator, Editor
Rachel Selekman, Artist, Archivist and Project Coordinator, Dan Flavin Estate
Sue Scott, Former Gallerist, Curator, Writer

As a counter point to the many panels geared for young emerging artists, the Oral Lerman Trust/Soaring Garden’s Artists Retreat is proud to sponsor the upcoming panel, Mid-Career Boost: Challenges and Opportunities. A topic that is seldom discussed but sorely needed, this panel is designed to help artists with mid-career challenges, to facilitate positive actions for sustainability, create new prospects, and a renewed sense of empowerment. Members of the panel will address the concerns of artists at this stage of their careers and make concrete recommendations for setting realistic goals and meeting them. A complementary handout with a list of resources and recommended readings will be available.

This event is free and open to the public.



Date: Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

No artist likes writing their statement but it is, as they say, a necessary evil. This talk will focus on the best ways to think about this unpleasant task. It will include practical strategies and rules to increase the likelihood of a successful finished piece, and discuss how this can become a useful exercise in thinking about your art.

About Deven Golden: A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Deven Golden has been an exhibiting artist, museum curator, alternative gallery board member and chairperson of exhibitions, independent curator, art consultant, director of two galleries – one in Chicago, one in New York – and ran his own gallery in Soho and Chelsea. He has been a visiting artist/critic or guest lecturer at multiple universities and colleges, and taught professional practices at The School of the Art Institute and University of Illinois. He has curated over 30 exhibitions, and has been writing catalogue essays and reviews on a regular basis for various publications since 1984, including The New Art Examiner, Dialogue, Bomb, and www.artcritical.com. He is currently a contributing editor for www.artcritical.com and runs the blog www.artmonkeywrench.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. 

Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm

In conjunction her solo exhibition, Blues For Allah, at Heskin Contemporary, painter Margaret Lanzetta will discuss her experiences living and working in India, Syria and Morocco as a US Fulbright Research Scholar. The lecture will chronicle the development of her work, both conceptually and professionally, as inspired by these foreign research opportunities.  

  • Utilizing and incorporating foreign influences into one’s practice

  • Fostering and growing from personal exchanges with international artists

  • Preparing to “move” one’s studio from NY oversees

  • Working in foreign studio situations

  • Sharing your work/exhibiting abroad

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Third Floor Conference Room

Ross Wisdom is the Managing Partner at Kimerling & Wisdom, LLC.  Ross provides audit and tax services to nonprofit organizations, small businesses, coops, attorneys, estates, and trusts. His clients include Louis Kahn Project’s My Architect; Souvenir Pictures' My Funny Valentine; Pacifica Radio; the Pulse Ensemble Theatre; artists, independent filmmakers, producers, playwrights, screenwriters, authors, directors, editors, and talent. 


Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Artist and experimental filmmaker Eva Lee will share experiences from her 2013 Fulbright research on 10th - 12th century Buddhist mandalas in ancient Tibetan monasteries of Spiti, Lahaul, and Ladakh. Her presentation will include:

  • incredible photos of Himalayan journey

  • examples of contemporary mandalas

  • several video clips including the astonishing interior of Tabo Monastery's main temple, the famed Tsung Lhakhang

  • the creation and dissolution of a Compassion Sand Mandala by Drepung Gomang monks from Southern India

  • investigation on how the research and experience with Buddhist philosophy inspires her work.

Date: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location: EFA Project Space, 2nd Floor 

Moderated by Sharon Louden, Artist and Editor

Panelists include:
Sean Mellyn and Jennifer Dalton, Artists and Contributors to "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life"
Christian Viveros-Faune, Writer, Curator and Art Critic for the Village Voice
Paddy Johnson,  is the founding Editor of Art F City and writes a column on art and Internet for artnet news

At a time when art is increasingly viewed as a commodity and art-school graduates feel that gallery representation is imperative for making a living and a career, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how an artist sustains a creative practice over time. The 40 essays collected in "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life" are written by artists in their own voices and take the form of narratives, statements and interviews. Although each story is different and unique, the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, both inside and outside the studio, that helps define what "success" means to a professional artist today.

Date: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Time: 5 - 7pm
Location: Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th, from 5 - 7pm in the Conference Room, 3rd floor, to celebrate the release of "Dannielle Tegeder: Painting in the Extended Field". This monograph was published on the occasion of the artist's first solo exhibition at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. Essays by Tracy L. Adler, art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky, and Claire Gilman, Curator of The Drawing Center in New York City, as well as an interview with the artist by Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, offer new insights into Tegeder’s work. 

Refreshments will be served, including Dannielle's own special mojito cocktails, an artist presentation with book signing, and of course, an opportunity to purchase your very own copy. EFA Studio Members will be able to purchase the catalog for $30. General purchase amount is $40.

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Date: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Time: 6pm
Location: Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Description: Spend an evening learning about the broader field of social media - and how to get the most exposure for your work with a focused plan. Artist and arts administrator, Natalia Nakazawa, will elucidate key players in the critical art world online and discuss ways to engage with the larger dialogue. Dan Wong, will delve into the specifics of websites and an artist's enduring online presence, privacy concerns, how to measure your online efforts, alternate marketing strategies for artists, and best practices for your work and career.

Natalia Nakazawa (b. 1982) is a Brooklyn-based artist working in painting and installation. Nakazawa is programmed to mix signals and reconfigure meaning. Drawing upon a hybridized cultural background (Japanese, Uruguayan, American) and an incessant desire to travel (India, Brazil, Mexico) her images seek to capture the uncanny, juxtaposing unlikely objects together. Her work has been recently exhibited at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), Flux Factory (Queens, NY), California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), PLAySPACE Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY) and ISE Cultural Foundation (Soho, NY).

Dan Wong is Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts, at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. He directs the web design module and was responsible for the development of the program’s 10 web design courses. In 2012, Dan Wong received a supplemental Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation and spent 8 months working with students to innovate a mobile game application to promote and network creative professionals. Dan Wong received his Master of Fine Art (1997) from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, specializing in sculpture. He also holds an AOCA (1995) from the Ontario College of Art and Design, specializing in Sculpture and Installation, and a BS in Psychology (1990) from the University of Toronto.



Date: Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Conference Room, 3rd Floor

Maria Elvira Escallon is an artist-in-residence at EFA Studios: Partnerships with support from the Colombian Foreign Ministry. Maria's residency will continue through the end of December, 2013. 

Project Description: "About what has fallen from the Sky"

This artistic project aims to track the scattered fragments of Santa Rosa de Viterbo meteorite story and the scattered fragments of its material body dispersed in many Museums in the US and Europe. The Project includes a historical and scientific survey and a series of ink drawings on the different episodes of the story.

A large portion of the meteorite, which constituted the first piece of the National Museum's collection in Colombia, is still on view at this Museum. It is also the only piece in the entire museum that can be touched by the public. The other fragments of the meteorite and the story about what happened to that celestial body since it fell on 1810 have been dispersed.

At the same time that Maria is conducting historical research, she aims to visit libraries and museums in the U.S. that have fragments of the Santa Rosa´s meteorite in order to see and record them.

Historical Background: The meteorite fell on Holy Friday, 1810 (the same year as Colombian Independence from Spain), close to the small town of Santa Rosa de Viterbo. In 1923, Boussingault and Rivero, two eminent naturalists of the time, conducted a scientific expedition and bought the meteorite to the National Museum Collection.  However, due to its weight of approximately 650 kilograms, the meteorite could not be transported. The meteorite became a significant presence to the community of Santa Rosa and was placed in the main Plaza in front of the church on top of a Doric column, commissioned by the citizens of the town.



Date: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Conference Room, 3rd Floor

As well as talking about his book:"New Markets for Artists", Brainard Carey will also be talking about: getting into the Whitney Biennial, making an epic kickstarter project that brought in James Franco as a collaborator and got over-funded how to meet curators, seduce them, and get your art work funded and share it with the world the value of social media as it pertains to your art and well being.

Biography: Brainard Carey is the co- founder of the art collective known as Praxis which he created with his wife. Praxis is an internationally acclaimed art collaborative whose works have been featured in the Whitney Biennial, MOMA, PS 1 Greater New York, and The Reina Sofia and most recently in a solo show at The Whitney Museum.  Currently Praxis has several traveling shows in progress.  Brainard Carey also is the author two books for artists, "Making It In the Art World" and "New Markets for Artists"