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The Hamlet Project

Your New Drinking Game: Hamlet

The Hamlet Project uses booze and ad hoc interpretation to rekindle your love for the Bard.

Hamlet holds a sacred place in the canon. It’s been done in both the literal and figurative sense by everyone from Laurence Olivier to Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Hamlet Project, however, may actually add something.

Photographer Rosy Torres with CAR Visual Arts Editor Andi Crist

The Edit: Photographer Rosy Torres

Writing yourself out of your statement

The key to a good artist statement is to dig into what the work is about. Perhaps calling an essay an "artist statement" is misleading, as artists generally seem to think it should be about them. Your artist statement should be a statement by the artist and about the work.

Cara Huffmann

Law for Artists: Fair Use

The use of protected works balances unevenly between the First Amendment and the Constitution's copyright clause

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers, and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise.

CAR Editor JC Steinbrunner interviews Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE

Portfolios, Pitches and Projections: Overcoming Those Grant Application Blues

An interview with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program, DCASE

Budgets, work samples and artist statements haunt our efforts to get the free grant money we so richly deserve. CAR sat down with Allyson Esposito, Director of the Cultural Grants Program at DCASE, and herself a dancer, to give us some straight answers on how to calculate a budget, prep a portfolio and write a statement.

Nicole Garneau

The Edit: Performance Artist Nicole Garneau

Making a statement flexible for artists with multiple bodies of work

Garneau works in so many media and has so many interests that one artist statement will never quite capture her work. We'll develop a customizable model: a base statement that satisfies the core criteria of her interests, and room to slot in a specific work example that reinforces the base.

The 3rd Language

3rd Language

A Queer Collective Interview

3rd Language is a Chicago-based collective of artists and thinkers exploring and embracing difference, otherness and transgression. They name this otherness and transgression "queer." Jeff Oaks, CAR’s literary researcher, and Andi Crist, CAR’s visual arts researcher interviewed them to find out more about their mission.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: Copyright Duration

Copyright lengths for individuals, joint works, works made for hire and anonymous

Copyright law can be confusing, especially with the abundance of misinformation circulated. In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This series of articles will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Cara Dehnert Huffman, JD, MAM

Law for Artists: The Basics of Copyright

Copyright defined, owner rights, and the benefits of registration

In a perfect world, artists, art dealers, art lovers and everyone else in the art community would live in harmony and there would never be any conflicts. Unfortunately disagreements do arise. Therefore, in the event of a copyright conflict, artists should be aware of what their rights are. This article will explain, generally, the basics of copyright law for artists.

Moving Canvase by Audience Architects

The Collaboration behind Moving Canvas

A Field Notes Special Edition

The Chicago Artists Coalition hosted Moving Canvas, a program of Audience Architects. This collaborative endeavor joins performing artists, visual artists and audiences to attract new participants and explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary collaboration.

David Taylor

Singletrack: David Taylor

"Coffee's So Good" single

I wanted to create something dance-able. This hook tends to lend itself to that. Besides, it’s simply more fun setting something to a four-on-the-floor beat.

Field Notes: Chicago Music

Reporting from Chicago's diverse music scene

CAR's music researcher and staff report on the artists and audiences they meet around Chicago. The ongoing goal of this report is to provide a snapshot of the music industry and scene as CAR works to reach more diverse audiences and learn what tools those audiences want and expect from CAR.

826CHI logo

Field Notes: 826CHI and Beyond

A literary researcher's adventures behind The Boring Store

CAR's Literary Researcher, Jeff Oaks, embeds in 826CHI, a non-profit dedicated to supporting students ages 6 through 18 with their creative and expository writing skills.

Whitney Carter of Carter&Citizen

Are Art Fairs Worth the While?

The owner of Carter & Citizen in L.A. tells us how she makes the call.

Whitney Carter opened Carter & Citizen in September 2011 in the Culver City arts district of Los Angeles.

Field Notes: Dance & Performance in Chicago

CAR's dance researcher reports on the dance scene around Chicago.

Dance Researcher Victoria Bradford is embedded in the Chicago dance and performance scene for the Fall of 2013 to engage with local dance enthusiasts, dance artists, and dance companies.

Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Singletrack: Jennifer Stucki, Oboist

Sonatine for Oboe and Piano by Maurice Ravel

This piece explores the higher range of the oboe, which is a difficult range to play in tune while maintaining a full and dark sound. When played well, the sound that emanates is a beautiful, alluring impression unique to the oboe.

Exit Ghost

Singletrack: Michael Golas of Exit Ghost

"Speaker" from the album Elston (residency at High Concept Laboratories)

There are an infinite number of ways to create a song. It can begin with a founding motif. You can impose a rhythmic device that structures the sounds around it. Starting with a lyric can generate a vocabulary of imagery for the music to follow. A simple riff can morph into an entire phrase.

Traci Hercher and Madeline Nusser hash it out at Washington Park Art Incubator

The Edit: Photographer Traci Hercher

A look at punctuation issues that can make or break an artist statement.

We're artists. We paint, dance, act, strum, perform and write. But are we (even you, authors) masters of writing about what we do? Not always. Still, the world expects us to spell out the our ideas and goals in order to score the grants, residencies and jobs we need. The Edit is a look at artists' statements, bios, cover letters and the editorial process that shapes them into more persuasive arguments for one's practice.

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