Carrying A Place Called Home:
New works by Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

Exhibition on view: July 20–August 31, 2018

Gallery Hours: WED–FRI 12:00–6:00 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 20 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Afterparty: 8:00–10:00 PM

Carrying A Place Called Home is the culminating program for the 2017-18 resident artists, Victoria Martinez, Arif Smith, and Brittney Leeanne Williams. The exhibition features new works the artists produced during their ten-month residency at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park that reflect on identity, memory, and place through painting, collage, dance and video.

Related Programs:
Artists-in-Residence Panel Discussion

Thursday, August 2 | 6:30–8:30 PM
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Collective Threads, workshop with Victoria Martinez
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 | 6:30–8:00 PM
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The Artists-in-Residence program, supported by Arts + Public Life in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the University of Chicago, supports Chicago-based multidisciplinary artists whose practices critically engage with the subjects of race, ethnicity, and community. The ten-month paid residency program eliminates barriers to participation by providing materials, stipends, rehearsal, performance and exhibition space at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park and access to the academic and research resources of the University.

About the Artists

Victoria Martinez
As artist and educator, Victoria explores textiles, installation art, site-specific experiments, printmaking, and painting. Her research on the African Presence in Mexico is shared through the collective creation of weavings and parachutes with youth and South Side audiences.

Arif Smith
Arif’s performance and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices. He has produced a monthly dance workshop series, a sculptural project using found materials from Washington Park, and a new video that draws upon archival footage and music collaboration.

Brittney Leeanne Williams
Brittney’s work unpacks trauma and the Black body situated within landscape. Exploring Washington Park as her site, she captured photographs, sketches, and written exchanges with individuals in the park to create new paintings.

About the Residency Program

The University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture hosts individual artists through the Artists-in-Residence program and interdisciplinary partnerships through the Crossing Boundaries Prize. These residency programs are open to Chicago-based artists and groups whose work explores issues of race, politics and culture. Both programs advance the opportunities available to artists who are underrepresented in the Chicago and national arts scenes.

Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, provides platforms for artists and access to the arts through residencies, education, cultural entrepreneurship, and arts-led programs and events. Arts + Public Life advances and promotes a robust, collaborative, and evolving relationship between the University of Chicago and the South Side’s vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic communities. 

Presented by Arts + Public Life with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.



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