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

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