JoVia Armstrong- Teaching Artist, 3Arts Siragusa Foundation Artist


We are so thrilled for teaching artist (fiddle) Brandi Berry, who received the 3Arts Music Award on at the 7th Annual 3Arts Awards event on Monday! 

Award winners not only receive $25,000, but they also become eligible for a network of offerings designed to help them build momentum in their practice over time. The award is the first step and the foundation for ongoing project support, residency fellowships, promotion, and informal and formal professional development. Congrats, Brandi, and all 2014 recipients! 

Learn more about Brandi and her classes at Old Town School here: http://ots.fm/bb and about the award here: http://3arts.org/artist/brandi-berry/

2011 3Arts Award Winner

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JoVia Armstrong- Teaching Artist, 3Arts Siragusa Foundation Artist

Nothing of significance can be accomplished without imagination, without stretching and flexing our minds, without dreaming.

We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all of us, in every corner of our community. That creative energy is the foundation on which the future will be built.

3Arts works to sustain and promote Chicago artists. Our focus on women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities stems from the need for a diversity of voices and visions to be supported if our city is to prosper and inspire.

Our programs are designed to support artists in multiple and tiered ways—through validation, promotion, residencies, and unrestricted cash grants that let them know their risk-taking and determination are deeply valued.

Annually, as the result of a nomination and jury selection process, artists producing exemplary work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts will receive awards of $15,000 each to put to use according to their individual priorities. Artists may wish to conduct research, purchase equipment, pay for child care, rent workspace, make health insurance payments, or take the time to focus on the development of new work—it’s up to them to determine their needs. There are no strings attached.




Young Joon Kwak and Josh Minkus present Un Body, an experiment in a collaborative approach to their seemingly divergent art practices:  Young Joon Kwak’s performance and object making plays with the reconfiguration of identifications that constitute subjectivity, enacting a sort of drag through her art;  Josh Minkus’ sculptural arrangements play with the idea of a sculptural frame or pedestal through shifts of scale and material juxtaposition.  

Through the process of installing Minkus’ sculptures with Kwak’s video, sculpture, photo, and drawings, the artists hope to highlight commonalities and contrasts, confusing and enriching each other’s work.  Un Body advances this idea, in which Kwak and Minkus invite the audience to take part in the artists’ investigation of their own difference, connections, and the spaces in-between.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6-10pm

Partial funding support for this exhibition provided by grantmaking non-profit organization, 3Arts.


Rite of Trans-Mortality

BY: Young Joon Kwak

Please help spread the word about her project! There are only two days left for Young to raise $265 to reach her funding goal. Young has received 82% of the donations needed to make her project happen!    W00t!

Young, a 2011 Ragdale Fellow, will be using the proceeds to “cover the cost of materials, production, and promotion to complete this project in time for its public debut.”

We’re excited to have Young kick off her ambitious project here in Chicago at our gallery (Happy Dog, duh!) on July 13th. Please show your support for a truly talented artist and consider making a tax-deductible donation —-> HERE. And don’t forget to pass the word along!