Announcing the 2017 Kindling Fund Grantees

A statewide regranting program for artist-organized projects, administered by SPACE Gallery on behalf of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.

Announcing the 2017 Kindling Fund Grantees

SPACE Gallery is pleased to announce its 2017 Kindling Fund grantees. The Kindling Fund is one of eleven nationwide re-granting programs established by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. SPACE has awarded a total of $65,178.50 to 14 independent, artist-organized projects during this 2017 round. Information about each of the awarded artists and projects is at the bottom of this message.

Visual Arts Programmer, Elizabeth Spavento reported that the Kindling Fund received 35 applications from across the state. “Artists from Maine submitted some incredibly innovative ideas that felt particularly of-the-moment. I’m proud of the projects the Kindling Fund is championing—they are building a foundation that raises the bar for contemporary artists in the region” she said. An outside panel reviewed all of the grants and selected the winning projects. Jurors included Roya Amirsoleymani, Community Engagement Director at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art in Oregon and administrator for the Precipice Fund, one of the other Warhol re-granting programs; Erin Johnson, visual artist and 2016 Kindling Fund grantee; and Anne Marie Purkey-Levine, an independent arts consultant and board member of TEMPOart Portland, a Maine-based arts organization dedicated to non-permanent site-specific contemporary installations.

Former Executive Director Nat May established this grant opportunity in 2015, responding to the needs of individual artists across the state and Maine’s arts community at large. The Kindling Fund is a part of the Regional Re-granting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program connects Warhol Foundation support with localized partner organizations who value artist-driven contemporary and independent practices. Ten other re-granting projects around the United States fulfill a similar need.

“This year’s Kindling Fund projects will break new ground in many different ways and in many different corners around the state,” said Interim Executive Director Gibson Fay-LeBlanc. “It is exciting that SPACE is able to support these artists and their work so directly.”

SPACE Gallery was founded in 2002 as a multidisciplinary contemporary arts venue featuring live music and performance, visual art exhibitions, film, literary events, and more. It serves a need as an idea space and a community space, presenting more than 200 events each year. In 2015, SPACE purchased its building on Congress Street in Portland, preserving 31 artist studios on the upper floors.

The 2017 Kindling Fund Grantees: 
More information and project descriptions available on our project page 

The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Documentary
Artist: Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén
Collaborator: Mary Lampson

 A Shared Space: A View into the Somali Bantu Community
Artist: Daniel Quintanilla
Collaborators: Hilowle Aden, Abdinoor Hassan, and Noor Salah

New and Experimental Sound and Music Project
Artist: Leslie Ross
Collaborators: Gustavo Aguilar, Gaelyn Aguilar, Steve Norton, and Nate Aldrich

Artist: Hi Tiger is Derek Jackson in collaboration with Amandaconda, Nicole Antonette, PSBL, and Taylor Vesey aka SWIM

Wilt Magazine
Artist: Dylan Hausthor
Collaborators: P. Guilmoth

The Number of Inches Between Them
Artist: Elizabeth Atterbury
Collaborators: Meghan Brady and Gordon Hall

Visual Tensions
Artist: Sean Harris
Collaborators: Keita Whitten and Caleb Mulkerin

Project: HESPER
Artist: Nick Dalton

The First Coast
Artist: Galen Koch
Collaborators: Jenny Rebecca Nelson, Justin Levesque, Seth Brayton, and Henry Finch

Wash and Fold Press
Artist: Vivian Ewing

The Coast Walk
Artist: Jennifer Steen Booher

Artist: Shoshannah White

Surface First Tilts West: An Outdoor Experiential Exhibition
Artist: Jordan Parks

We Wear the Same Clothes Every Winter
Artist: Brian Doody
Collaborators: Catie Hannigan

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