PLUG PROJECTS is a curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists, Cory Imig, Misha Kligman, Amy Kligman, Nicole Mauser, and Caleb Taylor, who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversations to the local art community. Our goal is to energize artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists.
Our collaborative organizational model enables the responsibilities of the project to be shouldered by an accomplished team, making for a richer experience and also a more feasible workload. This allows for each artist to continue their studio practice while participating in PLUG PROJECTS.
Exhibitions in our intimate project space will feature nationally recognized artists from outside of Kansas City as well as give exposure to less visible talent from within our region. We will feature artists who are pushing the boundaries in various disciplines, focusing on solo and small-scale group exhibitions of up to three artists per show. These exhibitions will be chosen via curatorial collaboration and discussion between the PLUG resident artists. PLUG has a national network of artists to tap into as a starting point, but has also planned recruiting trips to search out artists in a drivable radius- St Louis, Salina, Omaha, and Chicago, and will keep an open submission policy to review self-motivated new talent.
PLUG will curate six exhibitions occurring bi-monthly over the course of one year beginning this fall. We are interested in partnering with similar artist-run spaces. We also plan to use programming funds to support local art reviewers, poets, and writers by inviting and commissioning critical essays in conjunction with specific exhibitions.
Between exhibitions, we will host a “Critique Night Series” led by local critic Blair Schulman, along with a small rotating panel of established writers, curators and artists from the community. These events will consist of choosing several artists from a pool of submitted work for each public forum. Artists will be invited to present and engage in open critical dialogue about their work.
Our website will be a curatorial extension of the project space. It will include a news feed, archive of artists and programming, and a curatorial blog. In this blog we will feature other artists whose work relates to the work on view, critical writing and resources that relate to the themes of the exhibitions, and host international guest curators who will create online satellite exhibitions. The blog will extend the conversation beyond the physical gallery space and engage people through its content as an entry point to our project and the artists we are promoting.
With your financial support, we want to achieve ideal partnerships and a sound community reputation to sustain this project beyond our initial year. Financially, you enable us to exhibit less commercial work, including performance, video, and installation-based art. In September of 2012, we will re-assess the potential for pursuing PLUG PROJECTS long-term as a for-profit or non-profit art space and potential residency program, given the experience we will garner in our project phase. We hope to maintain PLUG as long as it remains an asset to Kansas City's art scene and complimentary to our own studio practices.