ARC & CFF Artists, Installations, & Exhibitions

Presented by ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga in collaboration with Chattanooga Film Festival

Badges, Wristbands, and Tickets now available to the Chattanooga Film Festival. There are also a handful of free screenings, and all workshops are also free & open to the public!

Do you love stuffing your eyeballs with art as much as film? View that line as very thin or non-existant? So do we! April 5-8 we will have some very near & dear local artists exhibiting their work for the duration of the festival. In addition to supporting local artists, we have created a special Featured Exhibiting Artist Residency for CFF 2018; Selected artist Tra Bouscaren is joining us all the way from Watsonville, CA, to create an immersive multimedia experience. More info about the artists below:

LOCAL ARTISTS

Aaron Cowan [website] - Working sculpturally, Aaron Cowan's work often combines materials associated with play and physical labor, including toys, forts, guns and other playful references mixed with grit and sweat. Cowan draws influence from cultural expectations & growing up in the Southeastern US, mining lived and shared histories of toxic masculinity, boyish mischief, and the struggles of existing within these contradictions. We promise it'll be fun AND thought provoking!

Claire Bloomfield [website] - Claire Bloomfield originally hails from Nashville, TN, but earned her BFA and cut her teeth on art right here in Chattanooga. Inspired by holy practices of India, toxicity in our culture, and plants & the universe, Bloomfield uses the scanner bed to cultivate paintings with dirt, glitter, paint, and anything else she can spill and scan to create gorgeous other-worldly images. Playing Goddess has never looked so good.

Matthew Dutton [website] - If you get the chance to meet Dutton during the festival, you'll quickly know why he's one of our favorite local sculptors. His surreal and phantastic work has been exhibited in New York City, Sand Diego CA, Hamburg Germany, and graced the glossy pages of Juxtapose Magazine. Dutton mixes sculptural processes and found objects to create a feral aesthetic that reflects his life as an artist--with meticulously hand-crafted elements that both attract and repulse all at once.

Travis Knight [website] - As a prolific designer and illustrator, we love Knight's aesthetic so much we made it the official branding of the Festival. Known locally for his series of daily 'creeps' dedicated to all things pop-culture and horror, Knight's 'lowbrow' style is immediately enjoyable and covered in grime, slime, and eyeballs, kinda like us! 

SELECTED ARTIST FOR THE ARC & CFF FEATURED EXHIBITING ARTIST RESIDENCY:

Tra Bouscaren [website] - Bouscaren's work engages American spectacle at the crossroads of waste culture and the surveillance state. From a technical perspective, his research works to extend our capacity to manipulate live video together with streaming internet feeds according to a variety of digital inputs in real time.

While in Chattanooga Bouscaren will be working to create a giant, ceiling-mounted styrofoam “Doom Cloud”, which will become a 'sculpted screen' awash in a video bath from multiple projectors. Visitors will be able to contribute their own live video images as mashed up with live internet news feeds and social media information as it is projection-mapped onto the surface of the cloud sculpture and barked out by speakers buried within it.

Events for Spring's Laura McMillian Announced!

McMillian arrived the morning of March 2nd and is well on her way to soaking up Chattanooga and making swift bold moves towards the completion of her installation. In-between visiting Rock City, exploring the Riverwalk, and meeting the ARC team, we sat down and planned an itinerary of events:

Open Studio with Laura McMillian
Friday, March 16th, 4 - 8pmat LIT Gallery, 4015 Tennessee Ave
Free & Open to the public

Come say hello to our Spring Featured Artist in Residence! Laura McMillian has been settling in and beginning research, early in the phases of her installation based on Rock City's Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village dioramas. 
Stop by, say hey, talk shop and art and help us welcome this fantastic artist to Chattanooga!
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Storytelling Through Masquerade (A Mask-making Workshop)
Friday, March 23rd, 6 - 8pm
at LIT Gallery, 4015 Tennessee Ave
Free & Open to the public

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. MATERIALS PROVIDED.
Please join us Friday, March 23, for a workshop with Spring Resident Artist Laura McMillian.
Anonymity, power, and the ability to enact magic have ensured masquerade’s popularity since time immemorial. With the dawn of performance art, disguise has proven an integral tool for artists whose work reflects the anxieties, social mores, and revolutionary hopes of their generation. 
In this workshop a short lecture will introduce the costume work of Picasso, Oskar Schlemmer, Leigh Bowery, and many others. 
Exercises that encourage improvisational character development, stage fright management, and unbridled creative production will be practiced as a method to enrich approaches to interdisciplinary artworks.
Each participant will have the opportunity to create and leave
with an original mask that can be worn again for McMillian’s opening performance on Friday, April 13.
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Pounding Branch Opening Reception
Friday, April 13th, 6 - 10pm at LIT Gallery, 4015 Tennessee Ave
Free & Open to the public

Please join us for ARC's Spring resident artist Laura Mcmillian's opening reception for her installation and performance, "Pounding Branch" accompanied by music, performance, and light refreshments.
Drawing influence and inspiration from costumes for parties and folk celebrations, McMillian's work is “a complex pastiche of source material including field notes, drawings, video, and sound. I consider storytelling a highly political act where we remember the ways humanity is ceaselessly connected instead of divided...Creating a specific time and place through artistic means was discovered in childhood through my first visit to Mother Goose Village at Rock City and rekindled as an adult when I entered New York’s underground party scene."
McMillian will be using her time in Chattanooga to craft a 'love letter' to Chattanooga with an installation complete with sound, performance, and costume. Additionally, McMillian's work draws influence from Tennessee and Appalachian history and folk tales, from Milk Snakes to Lover's Leap.
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View more of McMillian's work at her website 

ARC + CFF 2018: Featured Exhibiting Artist in Residence

We've always admired the driving forces behind the Chattanooga Film Festival and bringing a residency to their program has been a dream come true! We are excited to announce the selected artist for this special short term residency:

TRA BOUSCAREN

SELECTED ARTIST

Bouscaren's work engages American spectacle at the crossroads of waste culture and the surveillance state. From a technical perspective, his research works to extend our capacity to manipulate live video together with streaming internet feeds according to a variety of digital inputs in real time.

While in Chattanooga Bouscaren will be working to create a giant, ceiling-mounted styrofoam “Doom Cloud”, which will become a 'sculpted screen' awash in a video bath from multiple projectors. Visitors will be able to contribute their own live video images as mashed up with live internet news feeds and social media information as it is projection-mapped onto the surface of the cloud sculpture and barked out by speakers buried within it.

A widely accomplished artist, Bouscaren was recently featured in Peripheral Vision Arts and has recently been invited to both MOCA Tuscon and The Mattress Factory for a solo exhibition as an artist-in-residence. He received his MFA from University of Pennsylvania, and was a PhD Candidate in Media Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (ABD). He is represented by N2 Gallery in Barcelona and has exhibited globally, including residencies in Ethiopia and Armenia, as well as exhibiting at the AC Institute in New York City, the Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture in San Francisco, CA, and Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center of Pittsburgh, PA.

YOU CAN VIEW MORE OF BOUSCAREN'S WORK AT HIS WEBSITE
MORE INFO ABOUT ARC & CFF HERE.

Announcement: ARC + CFF 2018 Short Term Residency

We are proud to announce a special short-term residency in our continued partnership with the Chattanooga Film Festival.

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The selected artist for this residency will live in Chattanooga 2-4 weeks leading up to the Festival to create a new exhibition or installation to be displayed for the duration of the fest, April 5-8. Lodging, studio, and a stipend are provided to the artist courtesy of ARC + CFF. Find out more information on the Application page!

Announcing Spring 2018's Featured Artist in Residence

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We are proud to announce our next resident artist, Laura McMillian, who will be in Chattanooga for the month of March and part of April.

Drawing influence and inspiration from costumes for parties and folk celebrations, McMillian's work is “a complex pastiche of source material including field notes, drawings, video, and sound. I consider storytelling a highly political act where we remember the ways humanity is ceaselessly connected instead of divided...Creating a specific time and place through artistic means was discovered in childhood through my first visit to Mother Goose Village at Rock City and rekindled as an adult when I entered New York’s underground party scene."

McMillian will be using her time in Chattanooga to craft a 'love letter' to Chattanooga with an installation complete with sound, performance, and costume to express her artistic journey that began as a child on Lookout Mountain. Sounds promising! More news coming soon!

View more of McMillian's work at her website.

Spring 2018 Applications Now Open

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WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Deadline is January 2nd

We currently have two opportunities available for artists:

1) Our quarterly program that hosts an artist for one month and culminates in an exhibition. This requires the artist to provide a workshop, exhibition & lecture, acting as a cultural ambassador during their time in Chattanooga. Find more information here. We cover the cost of studio + exhibition space, lodging, and documentation.

2) En Root Mini Residency. Our good pals at this local Chattanooga Hostel are looking to beautify their establishment with some murals--see what it's all about here.

The En Root mini residency will be an on-going project until all of the fence panels have been painted or until En Root is satiated with visual art! (Of course, we'll do our best to keep artists contributing to this effort for as long as possible.) What a great opportunity to get a taste of Chattanooga! 

ARC/En Root Mural Reveal Party

Artist Jeff Niesen showed up on En Root's doorstep one day ready to paint. As the first resident artist for the mural exchange program in partnership with ARC + En Root , he's been sweating away creating some mural magic in the backyard (30 foot long fence). We're going to celebrate the completion and showcase his work to all y'all. After spending some time in this rad city, Jeff is highly considering laying his roots in Chattanooga, so come show him some love and meet a new friend. 

See more of Jeff's work on his Instagram.

We'll have drinks and live music by local pop-punk sensation The Handsome Grandsons @ 7:00 PM . 

Find out more about our mural residency here : https://www.arcresidency.org/en-root

Ride a bike and get a free treat.

Dana Lynn Harper: Cultivating Light

THURSDAY, SEPT 7 5:30 - 8PM • FREE/OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Please join us and ARC: Artist Residency Chattanooga's visiting artist Dana Lynn Harper for the opening of her exhibition of work made specifically for the Swine gallery inside the The Palace Picture House. At 6:30 we'll move up to the communal area on the second floor of The Tomorrow Building for a multimedia lecture by the artist on her work, process, inspirations, and time here at the residency.

RSVP at our Facebook event page

Dana Lynn Harper: Open Studio + Workshop

FREE & Open to the Public
First Friday, September 1st, 4:00 - 8:00pm @ LIT Gallery 4015 Tennessee Ave

Delve into Harper’s sculptural process of crafting neon flowers, plants, and other foliage in this casual workshop. Attendees will learn how Harper transforms everyday (and some not-so-everyday) materials into forms that, together, will create a larger installation. The doors to her studio and exhibition space at LIT gallery will be open during the afternoon and we welcome community members, artists, and everyone to stop by, say hello, and maybe contribute a plastic neon flower or two to the garden!

RSVP on our Facebook event page