ArtsMemphis and The CLTV – a coalition of Memphis-based black artists – are delighted to be partnering on year two of the Memphis art CSA. Together, we've commissioned three local artists, Lawrence Matthews III, Matthew Thomas, and Felicia Wheeler, to create a series of work in sets of 25. We're selling 25 shares in the resulting art collection at $500 per share. Each shareholder will receive three locally produced works of art – one by each of the participating artists.
The 2017 CSA: "Maintaining Place | Making Space"
Shareholders and members of the public are invited to attend “Maintaining Place | Making Space” – an exhibition featuring work by the 2017 CSA artists at *** – Orange Mound Gallery (2232 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN 38114). It will run from October 6, 2017, to November 4, 2017.
— Opening Reception: Fri., October 6, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
— Artist Talk: Sun., October 15, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Panel: Felicia Wheeler, Matthew Thomas, Grace Stewart, Lawrence Matthews III
Moderated by Bertram Williams
— CSA Pick-Up Party & Exhibition Closing: Fri., November 3, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In recent years, Memphians have wrestled with questions of neighborhood identity in the **** of gentrification and revitalization efforts. Self-proclaimed place-makers often overlook the pre-existing desires, lifestyles, and cultures within communities affected by poverty and blight. This collection of work will spark conversation and contemplation around these issues, and it will promote dialogue about how to truly honor local communities during the re-animation of Memphis.